For close to 25 years, the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University has opened up its doors to middle and high-school aged students during the month of July. These students come from Okinawa, Japan or Tokyo, Japan to spend three or four weeks on our campuses. While they are here, the students study English and American Culture. They also explore the local area and visit museums and historical sites in the Twin Cities.
Many students who have participated in the ESL Summer Programs have enrolled at CSB/SJU as degree-seeking students after high school.
Evening with an American Family
These students spend one evening each summer with a family, which is one of the highlights of their experience in Minnesota. Generally, the students go out in pairs (greater comfort level), but I can accommodate families that prefer just one student. Volunteer families pick-up the students on a Monday through Friday evening around 4:30 pm and return them by 9 pm that same night. It is not expected that you make special plans for the night. Some families do, but past students have enjoyed activities ranging from shopping and backyard cookouts to biking or a boat ride. In other words, families should feel free to do what they would ordinarily do on a summer night.