Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCCLA Students Experience Japan

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

FCCLA Students Experience Japan

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Megan Horan of Rockwell City, Iowa and Dustin Williams of Marionville, Missouri spent several weeks of their summer experiencing the culture of Japan, attending a Japanese school, and becoming acquainted with their host Japanese brothers and sisters.

Horan and Williams were both a part of an FCCLA six-week Japanese Exchange program, sponsored in part by FCCLA and Future Homemakers of Japan (FHJ). The program, funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and administered by Youth for Understanding USA, provides scholarships for 20 eligible high school sophomores and juniors who are FCCLA chapter members.

The goals of this program are to provide students with the opportunity to experience the day-- to-day life of another country and its people while enhancing students' awareness of international issues, promoting the exchange of ideas, and supporting FHJ. The Japanese Exchange Program stresses family living as the core of the overseas learning experience.

Students have many expectations when they head to another country to learn about another way of life. Horan says, "I was able to learn so much about the Japanese culture. There were many things that were different compared to America. …

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