HelloWorld 2022 Summer News

A Splendid Summer thanks to Students and Super Host Families

The 2022 summer was very busy for the Hello World Cultural Exchange Program! It was exciting to have more schools interested in our program, and Hello World was grateful for the opportunity to connect many students with host families. Our eight summer programs included 112 students from all over Japan:

  • Okinawa
  • Sendai city
  • Osaka
  • Shizuoka
  • Tokyo

Many thanks to the more than 25 host families who participated in the program and helped these students have a wonderful cultural experience this summer! Our hope is to have even more students and host families next summer as we continue to grow in reaching our goal of having a friend from every country.

The Ortiz Super Host Family – We Will Miss You!

One of our most involved host families is saying “goodbye” to Okinawa and “Hello, World!” as they head off to a new adventure. The Ortiz family -Alexis, Yuriko, Aimy, and Aika – is a multicultural American-Peruvian family who will come back to the United States.

The Ortiz family has supported Hello World in many ways – hosting students, teaching classes, recruiting other host families, sharing their culture, speaking Spanish, and living a truly global life.

While it is hard to say goodbye to a family that supported Hello World in so many ways, we wish the Ortiz family well. May they make plenty of new multicultural friends and experiences as they continue on with a true Hello World heart. ❤

Coming this Fall, an Exciting New Activity – HelloWorld! Rogaining

Starting in October, HelloWorld is taking the fun and excitement of our cultural exchange program to the streets of American Village, and YOU are invited to join in the adventure!

HelloWorld! Rogaining is a scavenger hunt style of game, where teams of Japanese students compete to finish as many “missions” as possible. From taking pictures of famous locations in American Village, to recording videos of singing songs and other silly charades, Japanese students must use their English skills to complete missions within the time limit and get the most points to win.
This is the part where YOU come in! Each team needs an English-fluent guide or leader to assist the students understand, carry out, and submit completed missions.  You don’t speak Japanese? That’s PERFECT! Not only can you help students practice their English language skills and compete in an entertaining game, but you get paid for playing! Each leader gets ¥5500, plus another ¥500 for joining a scheduled pre-game zoom call.  Ready to play? Fill out the sign-up Google Form here: