In 1985, the Pasadena Jaycees began a homestay exchange program with the Jaycees in Kasukabe, Japan. Alternating host locations every summer, one chapter sends members with local high school and college students to experience the other’s country and culture.
Visitors stay in the homes of volunteer hosts to get the full-immersion experience. Group activities are planned for the duration of the visit, including sight-seeing, community service projects and an overnight trip to another city. Students who accompany Jaycees on the trip will take part in a cultural exchange event with students from the hosting country.
The Kasukabe Homestay is one of the most unique and meaningful projects for the Pasadena Jaycees. Friendships created on the trips last for years. The Pasadena and Kasukabe chapters have become a long-distance family that reunites annually, to learn from and celebrate with each other.
**This year’s trip dates are July 25 through August 5, 2019.**
We are here to answer any of your questions! We travel to Kasukabe on odd years, and will begin to hold informational meetings starting in Spring of those years. Please check our calendar for more information, or email us at [email protected].CHECK IT OUT: Visitors from Kasukabe in 2016 visiting with the Pasadena mayor on the City of Pasadena website.
We are currently accepting applications for students to go to Japan during the summer of 2019. The application deadline is April 23, 2019. We will have an informational meeting on April 16 at 7pm at the Curtin House (474 W Walnut Street, Pasadena).