LABO is a Japanese exchange program designed to share foreign cultures through complete immersion. Participants engage in development of languages, cultural exploration, personal discovery and growth. Labo Badlands is the American Host families who open their hearts and homes for 4 weeks during Summer Homestays. July - August LABO students shadow Host sibling as they explore local culture, cuisine, and sites. Labo Badlands has a Welcome Party where everyone greets each other and gets to see some of the talents of the delegates who create Japanese stories in skits to share. Labo Badlands also coordinates with We'Tonbethe Paint Horse herd to share the adventure of horses and riding (Uma Time). We meet the first weekend of August to celebrate the Midway Party where we make connections with ALL Host Families and Japanese delegates. A popular activity is exploring White Sands Monument for sledding, laughing, picnicking fun. At the end of the homestay we gather together to say "Farewell". There is a LOT of crying as we say goodbye but lifelong friendships are created.
To become a Host Family the following requirements need to be met:
A child between the ages of 11-18 years old
(the delegate will be the same sex as the host sibling) **Only 1 delegate per family. The delegate stays in the same room as the host sibling and will shadow the family in all events such as religious activities, school, chores, hobbies, SHOPPING (this is HUGE for the kids), and fun.
Completed Host Family Application including photos of family
Sexual Harassment Contract
Photo Release Form
Horse Riding Liability Consent Form
Home Visit Inspection