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Educational Homestay Program

Participants to visit Coca-Cola's Atlanta home

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Washington, D.C., was one of several destinations for the 60 participants in the TOMODACHI Summer 2012 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program

TOKYO, December 6, 2012 - The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund is offering 120 places in its TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program for high school students from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, which were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Interested students can apply through the program website (http://www.eiljapan.org/usjapantomodachi/) from December 6, 2012, through March 15, 2013.

The Fund is supporting the TOMODACHI initiative of the governments of the United States and Japan and the US-Japan Council in offering U.S. homestays in 2012 through 2014. In 2012, 60 students participated in the program, which was so popular that the Fund decided to increase the number of participants to 120 per year in 2013 and 2014.

Participants in 2013 program to visit Coca-Cola's Atlanta home

After arriving in the United States, the 2013 program participants will visit Washington, D.C., and Coca-Cola's Atlanta home.

They will then split into eight groups of 15 students, each with one leader. They will go on homestays in Burlington, Vermont; Dallas, Texas; Erie, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Salem, Oregon; and Folsom, California.

The students will use such themes as American culture and history and introducing Japan to enjoy learning practical English at their homestay locations. Other activities will include watching baseball games, going on excursions to the suburbs, and taking part in volunteer activities and sports.

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The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund hopes that high school students participating in the program acquire global perspectives through their encounter with another culture.

The Fund is committed to assisting in areas afflicted by the Great East Japan earthquake, including by building vital educational and public facilities and by fostering youth.

Overview of Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program

■ TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program

Formal title TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program
Purpose This program supports TOMODACHI, an initiative of the governments of the United States and Japan and the US-Japan Council that provides educational support and aims to offer additional reconstruction assistance in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. The program offers U.S. homestays for high school students from disaster-affected areas, providing opportunities to learn about other cultures and communities
Host Coca-Cola Educational & Environmental Foundation (Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund)
Administration The Japanese Association of The Experiment in International Living (under the auspices of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
Program participants 120 students from high schools in Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima prefectures, which were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (there were 60 participants in 2012; the fund plans to solicit applications for another 120 participants in 2014)
Applications Through: http://www.eiljapan.org/usjapantomodachi/
Program period Sunday, July 21, through Thursday, August 8, 2013 (part of which will include travel and briefings in Japan)
Note: There will be orientations in Tohoku region in early June
Participation costs The program host will cover all costs for transportation from the assembly point through the Narita International Airport, air travel, local travel during the program, and food and other homestay expenses. Participants will pay their own transportation to the assembly point and for pocket money. Participants not staying in Iwate, Miyagi, or Fukushima prefectures at the time will also pay their own transportation to Narita International Airport
Program overview Homestay in the United States, study travel in Washington, D.C., English lessons, and activities (including a university visit, watching baseball games, and taking part in volunteer activities and sports)
Planned homestay locations Burlington, Vermont; Dallas, Texas; Erie, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Salem, Oregon; and Folsom, California
Note: Participants will not be able to choose home locations, which are subject to change

■ Application Guidelines for the TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program

Qualification requirements
  1. Reside in Iwate, Miyagi, or Fukushima prefectures and have been affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake
  2. Be a senior high school student at the time of departure (from third year of junior high school through second-year of senior high school as of December 2012)
  3. Be physically and mentally healthy
  4. Agree with the spirit of the program and be keen to experience life in a different culture
  5. Participants in the 2012 TOMODACHI program are ineligible
Note: Participants should ideally be at least Eiken Grade 3-certified (although this is not a requirement for participating in the program)
No. of slots 120
Screening
method
Judges will assess an essay of up to 800 characters that explains:
  • In light of your experience in the Great East Japan Earthquake, why you wish to participate in this exchange program of the TOMODACHI initiative
  • How your participation in the TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program will help you to reach your goals and fulfill your hopes
Application
methods

●Through website
Access the TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program website, clicking “Apply” in the application page to fill out the required information and send your essay

>URL
http://www.eiljapan.org/usjapantomodachi/

●Postal submission
Obtain an entry form from the TOMODACHI Summer 2013 Coca-Cola Educational Homestay Program secretariat, fill out the required information and post it with your essay to the secretariat

>Address for requesting application form and sending entry The Japanese Association of The Experiment in International Living Hirakawa-cho Fushimi Bldg.3F, 1-4-3 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093

Application
period
Thursday, December 6, 2012, through Friday, March 15, 2013
Announcement
of participant
names
Friday, April 5, 2013
Note: There will be a separate screening if there are many applicants
(applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013)

Applications will be announced through the site and in notices posted on the same day
Note: There will be a second solicitation if not there are not enough participants for the first one; an announcement one whether there is a second solicitation will be on April 5, 2013
General
inquiries
The Japanese Association of The Experiment in International Living (EIL Japan)
Tel: 03-3261-3451
URL: http://www.eiljapan.org/
July 21 Sun Charted buses leave cites for Narita, with a prior orientation
July 22 Mon Narita to Washington, D.C.
July 23 Tue Courtesy calls on government institutions and city tour
July 24 Wed Washington, D.C., to Atlanta for a city tour, including of the Georgia Aquarium
July 25 Thu Visits to the World of Coca-Cola and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, shopping, and other activities
July 26 Fri Participants split into groups the travel to various locations and join host families
July 27 Sat All day: Free time with host family
July 28 Sun All day: Free time with host family
July 29 Mon 09:00-12:00: English lesson Afternoon: Visit local historic sites
July 30 Tue 09:00-12:00: English lesson Afternoon: Visit University
July 31 Wed All day: Excusion (activities including city tour and visit to amusement park)
August 1 Thu 09:00-12:00: English lesson Afternoon: Participate in volunteer project
August 2 Fri 09:00-12:00: English lesson Afternoon: Watch baseball game
August 3 Sat All day: Free time with host family
August 4 Sun All day: Free time with host family
August 5 Mon 09:00-12:00: English lesson Evening: Farewell party with host family
August 6 Tue Leave United States on night flight
August 7 Wed Arrive in Japan and stay out hotel near Narita International Airport
August 8 Thu Chartered buses leave for Tohoku region

Note: All activities are tentative and are subject to change. The schedule between July 26 and August 5 is also subject to change depending on the location.

Reference materials

■About TOMODACHI
TOMODACHI is a public-private partnership set up in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is led by the governments of Japan and the United States and the U.S.-Japan Council (a non-profit organization based in the United States) and enjoys support from participating businesses, groups and individuals in both Japan and the United States. The initiative aims to support the next generation of Japan and the United States by responding to the short-term needs of Japan in the aftermath of the disaster while at the same time working to boost long-term competitiveness and strengthen Japan-U.S. relations through the creation of opportunities for cultural exchange as well as fostering entrepreneurship and leadership development. The project is mainly involved in delivering funds, personnel and material supplies tailored to local needs in the Tohoku region, as well as nurturing the next generation through scholarship and student exchange programs, short-term visits to Japan and the United States, internship programs and support for business startups, and the development of partnerships with educational institutions in the Tohoku region.
Website: http://usjapantomodachi.org/

■The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund
The Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund was established by The Coca-Cola Company on March 24, 2011 as part of the Coca-Cola Educational & Environmental Foundation (a public interest incorporated foundation) to fund reconstruction efforts in disaster-affected regions that were subject to catastrophic damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake. In line with the mission of the Coca-Cola Educational & Environmental Foundation, the Fund aims to support the construction of educational and other public facilities needed for rebuilding the lives of children affected by the disaster. The Fund is currently engaging in three key initiatives. The first is to help cover the costs of installing solar generating facilities at elementary and junior high schools. The second is to sponsor overseas homestay study programs for junior and senior high school students. The third is to provide direct support to villages, towns, and cities in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures as needed. Specific uses of the Fund are determined through close cooperation with related institutions in disaster-affected regions and are reported through the Fund website and other channels.

The Coca-Cola Company created the fund to augment the support efforts of the Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, and 12 bottlers. They collectively donated money and the equivalent of more than seven million 500-milliliter PET bottles of beverages to assist victims. Total disaster support from the Coca-Cola Company exceeded \2.5 billion by September 30, 2012.

The following website details the activities of the Coca-Cola Japan Reconstruction Fund: (http://www.cocacola.co.jp/info/donation/en_index.html

■The Coca-Cola System in Japan
This system encompasses several entities. One is Coca-Cola (Japan) Company, Limited, which supplies, manufactures, and sells concentrates and undertakes marketing, including product planning and development and advertising. The other entities are 12 regional bottlers and other affiliates. The system conserves energy in the course of business to pursue growth while reducing environmental impact. The system has employed renewable energy in various aspects of operations. For example, it set up solar-powered vending machines and deployed bio diesel-fueled vehicles in its fleet.

■The Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation
The Coca-Cola Educational and Environmental Foundation was established in June 2007 to integrate the activities of two predecessors. One was the Coca-Cola Bottlers Japan Scholarship Foundation, which operated for 37 years. The other was the Coca-Cola Environmental Education Foundation, which served for 14 years. In keeping with its guiding principle of "Healthy Active Life," the foundation engages in diverse environmental, educational, and sports initiatives so young people can ultimately build a better world.