Hinoki Foundation hosts student teachers from Japanese universities, during visits to American schools that offer Japanese-language education. Hinoki Foundation introduces the college “trainees” to U.S. teaching methods, and the young students to real-life big brothers and big sisters from Japan, to foster international ties.
The program features a mini-homestay with local families, allowing young students of Japanese to apply their bilingual skills. It also includes a Hinoki-Kai event, where the trainees present aspects of Japanese culture, thereby motivating students in America to continue their study of Japanese. Click here for information on hosting a student!
Some university students later return as volunteer Hinoki Interns, to support language and culture education at local schools with Japanese-language programs.