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Explore Japan Program

Since 1993, the Explore Japan Program connects local communities and families with those in Japan through a fun, free and educational summer exchange program.


Our Programs

Explore Japan Workshops

During Explore Japan your children will be participating in engaging and educational Japanese culture workshops including language, food, and cultural activities. Each afternoon the entire program embarks on Boston-area field trips together.


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Explore Japan and Your Family

Explore Japan is an opportunity for the entire family to learn, experience and appreciate a new culture -- all without leaving home!


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Explore Japan Program

When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at explorejapan@americanlearning.com or call (617) 996-0622.


2018 Summer Programs for Boys and Girls

**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL & REFERRAL: Host families who complete their application (including background check and house visit) by March 31, 2018 will receive $100 Amazon gift card upon completion of the program they are accepted in. If your family refers another family and both of your families are accepted into the program, we will send your family a Japanese cultural item as a referral reward.**

DEADLINE OF APPLICATION (Extended!): June 30, 2018
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EXPLORE JAPAN is a series of 2.5 week programs in Milton, MA where local students learn about the many facets of Japanese culture while hosting and spending time with visiting Japanese exchange students. In the morning, each program includes workshops on Japanese arts and crafts, cuisine, martial arts, language and a variety of interesting cultural exercises. In the afternoon, the Japanese students and local host students embark together on field trips and participate in fun activities. This fascinating exchange program is in its 24th year!

Explore Japan welcomes girls and boys from all Eastern MA communities ages 8-18. Students learn in small groups (broken down by age) under the guidance of a Japanese expert and a student aide. In return for hosting a visiting Japanese student during the program, Explore Japan is FREE for the host family’s child! That is a two week program, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, including admission and supervision on all afternoon field trips — for free! Each program has a limited number of spaces available, so feel free to sign up now.

Host families are responsible for transportation between Milton and homestay location, and must provide breakfast, lunches and dinners each day to their participating child(ren) and Japanese student they are hosting.

Explore Japan is the closest thing to experiencing Japanese culture without actually traveling to Japan! SCHEDULE for 2018


Program Location Hosting Begins First Day of Program Final Day of Program Hosting Ends
2018 Girls Program Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA Monday 7/23/2018 Monday 7/23/2018 Tuesday 8/7/2018 Wednesday 8/8/2018
2018 Boys Program Pierce Middle School, Milton, MA Thursday 7/26/2018 Friday 7/27/2018 Friday 8/10/2018 Sunday 8/12/2018


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: We are seeking student interns or camp counselors for the 2018 summer programs. This is open to students who are 14 and older. All interns MUST host a Japanese student. Download details here.


When you're ready, complete our online application to get started!
If you have any questions please contact our experienced staff at explorejapan@americanlearning.com or call (617) 996-0622.

NOTE: Acceptance to any Explore Japan programs is contingent on passing the background check and home visit.
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