- Home stay program:
visitors stay with host families overnight or longer. This
program is used in sister-city exchange activities, the World
Youth Fest in Hokkaido, and European Committee Businessman
- Home visit
program: Foreigners visit citizens' residences without staying
the people who aim to promote international exchanges, and
invited by Sapporo organizations are eligible. Also, it is
necessary that these organizations serve as the guarantors
of the home stay visitors. International students and training
enrollees, as well as JET program participants living outside
Sapporo, can apply for this system by obtaining a guarantee
for their statuses from their institutions or organizations
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in principle. Some programs, however, allow longer stays.
to be a home
required to buy volunteer insurance for the host family. The
insurance is 300yen per person (two insured persons for one host
family). In addition, applicants must bear partial costs of host
families' transportation incurred when hostfamilies go to meet
guests. This should be in the form of 1000yen With-you-card that
is a prepaid card for Sapporo transportation system. For stays
of four nights or longer, the guarantor or the home stay visitor
must pay 1,000yen a night (retroactive to the first night) to
the host family via the Plaza.
Application to be a home stay visitor
To apply for the home stay program, the organization acting as
the guarantor of the applicant must submit a request and visitor's application in designated forms. The detailed information and request and application forms will be provided on request. Please ask your guarantor to contact the Plaza.
Application to be a home stay visitor should be
submitted as early as possible, because it takes more than two
weeks to arrange for host families.
The Plaza may be unable
to find host families if no families have applied to host home
Insurance for volunteer host families:
For home stays of three nights or shorter, the applicant requesting
the home stay must purchase volunteer insurance of the Sapporo
Social Welfare Council. The insurance is 300 per person and is
valid for one year. (Two insured persons for one host family) Upon
receiving the application, the Plaza will send documents to the
organization requesting the home stay.)