MISSOULA –Nineteen high school students from the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan are visiting the University of Montana to participate in a two-week culture and language program hosted by UM’s English Language Institute and Global Engagement Office.
The students arrived July 22 and will return home Aug. 6. During their time in Montana they will travel to Glacier National Park, visit downtown Missoula, bike along the Clark Fork River, go to a Missoula Osprey baseball game and meet local families during a host family event on Saturday, Aug. 5.
Kumamoto Prefecture and Montana share a sister-state relationship that was established in 1982 on the recommendation of Mike Mansfield, former U.S. ambassador to Japan. The partnership promotes cultural exchanges between residents of Kumamoto Prefecture and Montana. In addition to the Kumamoto high school students who have visited UM every summer since 2013, Kumamoto police officers, college students from Kumamoto Gakuen University and Kumamoto teachers also have participated in exchanges to Montana.
Those interested in learning more about the program or being a host family for the afternoon of Aug. 5, can call Kate Johnson in the Global Engagement Office at 406-243-2288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.