STUDENTS from secondary and primary schools in Fukuoka, Japan, were welcomed at the Suva Vocational Centre for their home-stay cultural exchange program yesterday.
Speaking at the welcoming ceremony, Bridge Club secretary Shabneez Shazmine said the program had been taking place for the past 26 years.
She said Fiji always participated by sending students to Fukuoka.
She said this was the first time students of the Asian Pacific Children's Convention (APCC) had come to Fiji to experience the culture and lifestyle of its people.
"These students are being looked after by various families who will give them activities, maybe visit the museum, the Hibiscus family or just stay home and interact with each other," Ms Shazmine said.
Principal education officer for primary schools Petero Suka said the program allowed for the sharing of culture with other people and for local students to learn and understand the Japanese culture.
Three teachers and 14 students from Fukuoka will spend a week in the country and will depart next Monday.