Monday, July 6, 2009

Local host families needed for Japanese volunteers

For its 16th year, the Japan Volunteers-in-Parks Association is returning to Mount Rainier next month. Host families are needed for the participants, who will be here for about three weeks working on a trailhead construction project at Paradise. Hosts are needed who live between Eatonville and the park's Nisqually Entrance. The program typically rents a vehicle and provides carpool transportation for all of its members, within that Eatonville-to-park corridor.

My own family hosted a student two summers ago and had a wonderful experience. Please consider participating in this great opportunity! Here are the details from Mika Moore, who is coordinating the program on our end:


Mount Rainier National Park needs host families from our community to support the J-VIPA program this summer.

10 participants are coming from Tokyo, Japan to Mount Rainier National Park to work between August 22nd (Saturday) and September 12th (Saturday).

They come here at their own expense and work in the park as volunteers. We need YOUR support to make this program successful.

The host family provides the place to stay, food, and you treat them as your family, not as your guest. The students work Monday through Thursday. We are planning a Welcome potluck party on August 22nd to meet with host families and a Farewell potluck party on September 11th.

The host family receives no monetary award, but you will receive great memories from them. GUARANTEED.

Please give me a call if you are interested or have any questions.
Mika Moore, 360-569-2211 ext. 2379

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