High School Youth Exchange

Annual High School Youth Exchange Program

OFSCA's most enduring program is the annual homestay exchange between high school students in each city, which began in 1971. Each year, several high school students from one city will stay in the homes of host families in the other city, with destinations alternating each year. Over 1,000 students have benefitted from this cross-cultural experience, with three generations in some families having participated in these exchanges. 

The next Youth Exchange from Oakland to Fukuoka will be in Summer 2025. Applications will open in 2024.

Photo & Video Gallery

View our photos and our YouTube video of the program. 

Summer 2023 High School Exchange

The 50th Annual Oakland-Fukuoka High School Student Exchange Program is expected to take place June 29 - July 10, 2023. Current Oakland high school students are invited to apply to participate in this 10-12 day program in Fukuoka, Japan.  Applications are now open and space will be limited to 6 students. APPLICATIONS WERE DUE MARCH 10, 2023. Interviews with applicants will be scheduled in the weeks following the deadline. 

Files are available to download below (button opens the Google Drive link).

Student Participants

The 50th Annual High School Student Exchange was scheduled from Thursday, June 24 to Monday, July 5, 2021. To be eligible to participate in the student exchange, you must be either in high school, entering high school in the fall of 2020, or have just graduated in the summer of 2021. Participants will be selected based on the applications, including an essay, and a short interview. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture and language, and many students make lifelong friendships. The application form is available below. 

Please note that due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the high school exchange for 2020 did not take place. For updates on the status of the 2021 and 2022 exchange programs, contact ofsca1962@gmail.com or join a General Meeting each month.

Host Families

The City of Fukuoka brings  students from high schools to learn more about life in the United States every other year. The program focuses on education and community, with special English language classes several mornings. During the afternoons, community tours and activities acquaint the students to life in Oakland and the Bay Area. OFSCA will be looking for host families for all the students and chaperones. This is also a great opportunity for a student who may want to participate in the next year (to go to Fukuoka) by making a Japanese friend here. If you are interested, please download our questionnaire and mail it to OFSCA.

Typical host family responsibilities include:

All afternoon events will be open to the host families. We will need host family volunteers to join us on the excursions to various cities, San Francisco, Sacramento or Santa Cruz. A farewell party is planned at the end of the exchange.

Families interested in serving as a host family will need to complete a Host Family Questionnaire (see attachment below).