Student Delegation 2014
The Sister City Commission is now accepting applications for up to 12 Student Delegates and 2 Chaperones to participate in the 2014 sister city exchange visit to Ami-machi, Japan.
Dates: The one-week trip to Ami-machi is scheduled to take place from July 30 - August 6, 2014. It will coincide with the “My Ami Festival”, at which the Delegates will be special guests.
Activities: Past activities have included a visit to a temple, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and trying some traditional Japanese crafts. Students will stay with a Japanese host family.
Application Process: Students from Superior or Douglas County who will be entering Grades 9—12 in the fall of 2014 are eligible to apply by filling out and submitting an application. An in-person interview is also required. Delegate selection will begin in early 2014.
Cost: Costs will vary depending on airfare and personal spending allowances. In 2012, the average cost was between $2,000 and $2,500. To help defray the cost of the trip, as well as a portion of the chaperones' airfare, student delegates and their families are expected to help organize and participate in fundraising events and activities. These activities will also be an important part of team-building for the group.
One scholarship to help defray part of the cost of the trip will be available. Applications for this scholarship will be available after student delegates are selected.If you are interested in becoming a member of the next Student Delegation in August 2014, see our application forms and FAQ linked below. The application deadline is April 15, 2014.
Adult Delegation 2014
See "Student Delegation 2014" above for information on Dates, Activities, and Costs. The Adult Delegation will travel with the Student Delegation to Japan, and will participate in some of the same activities. There will be some separate activities in the itinerary, as well. During past visits, Adult Delegates have been escorted on an overnight trip to a hot spring spa, and visits to the cultural heritage sites such as Nikko and Kamakura. They may also have the opportunity to meet local civic groups and businesspeople. Adult Delegates will stay in a local hotel, the cost of which will be in addition to the estimated cost of airfare and personal expenses shown above.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the next Adult Delegation in August 2014, please fill out and submit the application form below. The application deadline is May 1, 2014.
See this link for fun pictures and information from the 2012 visit.