Every year for the past six years, Dartmouth families have hosted students from Hemet’s sister city Marumori, Japan, for a week. This year, Dartmouth staff is looking for eight families that would like to host a student from March 27th-April 3rd.
“These visits help build generosity, leadership, and expands our student’s minds to different cultures,” said Dartmouth’s Office Manager Lori Goodrich. Goodrich has been a part of orchestrating these visits for the last six years. She said this week brings the best out in all of the students, teaching them to accept each other and that it’s ok to be different.
Each year, students visit for a week at a time and delve into the American culture. When the students and chaperones arrive in Hemet they are invited to a welcome dinner where Hemet Unified staff, Hemet City officials, and the host families introduce themselves. Students attend classes at Dartmouth and the chaperones are invited on city tours. During the last day of their visit, the Japanese students take time to introduce Dartmouth students to their culture. The Japanese students and chaperones then leave for Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the Grand Canyon.
“It is truly amazing to see the bond that happens between the host families and their exchange student,” said Goodrich. When the host families and the Japanese students and their chaperones say their goodbyes, everyone is in tears.
If you are a Dartmouth family and would like to be a part of this wonderful tradition and host one of the students, please email Lori Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.