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Maui’s Rotary Clubs Seek Host Families for Youth Exchange Student

July 19, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The nine Rotary Clubs of Maui are seeking two to four host families, preferably from the same high school area, to provide housing and supervision for a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Chiba, Japan.

International youth exchange program families usually host a student for two to four months each. It is recommended that the student experience from two to four host families during his/her nine-month residence in this unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience attending high school in another country.

Kubota Tatsuki, 16, is expected to arrive in August to enroll in high school for the next school year. He will have a Rotarian counselor from his host club, and will be sponsored by one or two of the nine Maui Rotary Clubs.

Additional host families are needed. Host families do not have to be Rotarians. All host families must undergo background checks and home inspections by an island Rotary Youth Exchange officer.

The student will receive a small allowance from the host Rotary Club (usually $50 per month) but otherwise, are to be supported by the host families.

This young man has completed an extensive application packet in order to be accepted into the Rotary Youth Exchange program. He is sponsored by his local Rotary Club in Chiba.

For more information and to discuss hosting this student, contact Mark Harbison, SCANEX Country Coordinator for Japan, Korea and Indonesia at (808) 874-1942 or by email at

For more information about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, visit



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