Japan Exchange



– Bihoku (Our Japanese Exchange school) came to Vancouver just prior to March Break 2016 and was hosted by participating students.

– Bihoku students attended classes at Eric Hamber and Kitsilano for two days.

– There were some joint activities for Japanese and Canadian students as part of the exchange


– If you are interested in hosting a Japanese student, you can earn credit towards the cost of your exchange trip

JAPAN EXCHANGE – Hosting Information

The Basics:
– Participants SHOULD host their exchange partners
– German Partners come May 10-24 of same year as the trip to Germany.

– Japanese Partners come in alternate years (the year before or after the trip to Japan.

– If hosting is not possible, we will try to find an alternate host.

– As the person NOT hosting, you will have to financially compensate the family hosting your exchange partner.

– To secure that students host on our end we take a ‘hosting deposit’ which is returned after the guest has been hosted.

Interested in Hosting?
– If you host a German or Japanese student, you can earn credit towards the cost of the next exchange trip
– If you are going on one trip, you could also host for the other trip, you can also earn the extra credit.

– If you are NOT participating in a trip, the school will pay you a hosting fee.

– The amount of credit or payment depends on the length of stay, and what is expected of you, the host.

– There is no guarantee that we will need additional hosts in any year. It all depends on the number of participants and how many people can or cannot host.

Hosting Details
– Guests should have their own bedroom (You might have to sleep on the couch).
– Meals should be provided as per the schedule. Count on providing daily Breakfast, and most Lunches and Dinners.

– Students should be taken to school by their host partner, until they are comfortable with transit.

– On weekends, host familied should plan an activity with the student they are hosting.

– Vancouver Activity Choices [Scoop.it site] Send me links if you have more ideas

Come and see me in Room 149 any morning or at lunch, so we can get you set up and up to date.
You can also e-mail me at rmehl@vsb.bc.ca


– A 12 Day trip to Japan during March Break 2017

– Joint Trip with Eric Hamber Secondary School

– Travel to Nagasaki, Kyoto, Osaka

– Hosted by a Japanese family in Inuyama (Close to Nagoya) for 4 days

– Joint Activities with Japanses Students and Host Families

– Bihoku (the Japanese school) will come to Vancouver the following March (2018) and be hosted by participating students.

– Expected cost $3300, including all transport and most meals.

– Students buy own snacks and drinks, and should count on about $100 in spending money

– We travel with public transportation as much as possible.

– Size of the group has been between 12 and 20 students.

– Chaperones are Ms.Hashigasako from Eric Hamber Secondary and Mr.Mehl from Kits


– Focus of the trip was fine-tuned to match the interests of participants.

– Knowledge of Japanese is NOT a requirement.

– Mr. Mehl has been taking students to Japan for 10 years and has extensive experience organizing such trips, and as he lived in Japan for a few years, he is very familiar with the destinations.


– We have started taking names with Course Registration in Spring of 2016.

– There will be a Parent Information Session mid September, with an initial deposit due in early October. First deposits will secure spaces.

– If you have questions you can always contact Mr.Mehl

3 Month Exchange

– We also have an annual three month exchange with Bihoku JapanPoster.pdf

– Kits or Hamber students start the school year in Japan (late August) and return to Kits in time for second term

– Japanese students come to Kits or Hamber from January until March, as their school year starts April 1st.

– Interested? Take a look at the info sheet JapanLongExchange.pdf


Under the umbrella of “Independent Directed Study” it is possible to earn course credit for this Exchange Program.

As we hold orientation sessions before our exchanges, and want to make sure students have a focus for their journey, students are able to earn up to 4 Grade 11 or Grade 12 Credits in Social Studies.

Course Outline & Details IDS.pdf

DETAILS & Schedules:

-Will be posted soon (working out details right now)

For Your Reference:

Vancouver Activity Choices [Scoop.it site] Send me links if you have more ideas


We also have a Germany Exchange Program!

Check this site for the link


Come and see me in Room 149 any morning or at lunch if you have questions.
You can also e-mail me at rmehl@vsb.bc.ca