Labo-Lets Homestay Japan Exchange Program

Labo-Lets Homestay Japan Exchange Program 2019-2020

  • Dates: Thursday 12th December 2019 to Monday 5th January 2020
  • Program duration: 25 nights 26 days
  • Location: Osaka/Kansai, area, Japan
  • Age: Open to Year 9 to 13 students, 13-18 years.
  • Cost: $5795

Included in the above fees are:

  • Pre-departure orientation, dinner and overnight at Holiday Inn, Auckland Airport Hotel
  • Return Flight Auckland to Japan
  • Accommodation throughout the program including homestay, camp and Tokyo accommodation
  • All meals
  • 1 participants group travel top
    Comprehensive Travel Insurance (zero excess – all medical cover)

Not Included in the fees are:

  • Transports costs between your home and the Auckland Hotel prior to departure and transport home after arriving in Auckland International Airport.
  • Personal Spending Money


Tour numbers must reach 7 to be operational/all costs are subject to change without notice due to tariff rises and currency fluctuations until paid in full/$560 non refundable deposit per person required at time of application. Once paid in full cancellation conditions apply.

Important Dates



Application and deposit deadline


$580 program deposit due

On receipt of application

Info Pack I

Sent to you in July

Balance of Program fees due

Friday 23th August 2019

Info Pack II

Sent to you November

Host Details

Sent to you mid to late November

Stay Overnight in Auckland

Thursday 12th December 2019

Departure Day for Japan

Friday 13th December 2019

In-Japan Program

Friday 13th Dec 2019 ~ Sunday 5th January 2020

Depart Japan

Sunday 5th January 2020

Depart Japan

Monday 6th January 2020

Program Key Points

The program is open to any student studying in New Zealand in year 9 to 13.

Students must be willing to spend 3-4 weeks submersed in foreign language and cultural environment. This program is not for the faint hearted and a reasonable level of resilience is a prerequisite. It will be a truly rewarding and memorable experience for those well suited. A limited number of spaces are available for accompanying adult chaperones depending on the participant numbers.

  1. Meeting in Auckland
    Participants will meet at the Auckland Airport Hotel at 5pm on Thursday 12th December for a pre-departure orientation, dinner and overnight in the hotel. Participants are required to make their own way there.
  2. NZ Departure
    The group will check in and depart on Friday 13th December 2019.
  3. Japan Arrival
    The group will fly into Kansai Airport, Osaka on where Labo staff will meet them. As part of the orientation students will stay the night in Osaka. The following day participants will make their way to their respective homestay locations.
  4. The Homestay
    20 night’s homestay with a Labo host family. During the homestay an additional 3 nights are spent at the popular Labo Winter Camp. You will experience normal family life in Japan during the school term and also during the winter vacation. The actual experiences you have will differ from family to family and also from region to region. All Labo host families have children in the home and Labo will do its best to match a family with a similar age child and gender as you.
  5. Labo Camp
    One of highlights of the trip is spending 3 nights with other Labo members and International Youth exchangees at one of famous Labo camps. (see more on Labo Camp)
  6. Labo Parties
    Your host will be a member of a Labo Party which they attend once per week. You will be welcomed and encouraged to join in with the Labo Party activities. The Labo Tutor who heads their particular Labo party will be a familiar face for you on the program and will also be a big part of the Labo support network.
  7. Japan Departure
    The group will depart their respective host homes on Sunday 5th January 2020 and meet in Osaka for the journey to Kansai International Airport for the overnight flight back to Auckland.
  8. Handling and Support
    The program is being handled by the Labo Exchange Foundation in Japan and Lets Homestay, Tauranga, New Zealand.

Labo area staff and local tutors will be in regular contact with participants.

New Zealand Coordinator:
Lets Homestay
Contact: Mr Stuart Cundy
20 Cornwall Street
P. O. Box 3129, Greerton,Tauranga
Tel: (07) 543 3220
Mobile 027 294 3144

Japan Coordinator:
Labo International Exchange Foundation
Contact: Ms Emily Jarvis
Nishi-Shinjuku Mitsui Bldg. #16F
6-24-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 160-0023 JAPAN
Tel: +81 3 5324-3430