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September 09, 2003

Teens Get Taste of Life Abroad

US newspaper The Courier Journal, based in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote yesterday about one of the 100 or so teenage participants in the Japan-American Friendship Scholars program offered through the non-profit group Youth for Understanding USA. 16-year-old Libby Knouse spent a term at a high school in Kambara, Shizuoka Prefecture, improving her Japanese language skills and finding that local teens are interested in pretty much the same things as their US counterparts: "friendships and clothes." Now, her Japanese "host sister" is spending her junior year at her school in Kentucky and enjoying the hospitality of the Knouse family. Over the last seven years, Youth For Understanding has sent about 200,000 freshmen, sophomores and juniors from more than 50 nations on student exchanges. Read the full article.

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