Shutoken FIT Winter- PDX

Winter 2015 Shutoken FIT

About The Group

The Shutoken FIT Winter group was the first group visiting the winter season hosted by BeGlobal Foundation in Portland. We were so lucky to have our returning ESL teacher, Jennifer Nicholas to conduct ESL classes and afternoon activities around the area. Our winter program focused on local host families to share with visiting students about the holidays and new year celebration in America. This group was also our first group to experience our new Conversation Buddy program where local high school students joined our afternoon activities and got to hang out with the Japanese students.
Program Type
Short Term
Group age
Middle & High School
Central, Kanto Region
Starts: Dec 26 2015
Ends: Jan 03 2016
Study Center Location
Beaverton First United Methodist Church
Hosting Type
Single Placement
Desired Host family Location
Open to families around the study center location or located near an easy access to public transportation for students to commute 30-40 minutes to weekday classes.

Saturday, December 26th: Arrival Day!
The Shutoken FIT Winter group is our first group ever as a single placement program. This means each family was only able to host one student from the program! This might have been nerve-wrecking for some students but they were all up for the challenge to be more independent.
The Pruski Family
Shannon, Jeff, & Mage has hosted many other international students in the past. This was their first time hosting with our organization and they were thrilled to see their student, Taisei Hattori, for the first time.

Tuesday, December 29th: OMSI
Conversation buddies, Lucy Bishop and Sebastien Green, were super excited to take the Japanese students to one of their favorite place in Portland!

Wednesday, December 30th: Oregon Food Bank
Oregon Food Bank
The Shutoken FIT Winter students got to experience good old fashion volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank and packed dried oatmeal. In the end of the shift they packed  about 4,860lbs of dried oats; which equaled to each volunteer packed about 81 meals in the shift!