Delegation Visits to Ami-machi

Student Delegation 2016

12 Student Delegates and 2 Chaperones have been chosen to participate in the 2016 sister city exchange visit to Ami-machi, Japan.

Dates:  The one-week trip to Ami-machi is scheduled for August 3 - August 12, 2016.  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 8—11 in the fall of 2015 are eligible to apply by filling out and submitting an application. An in-person interview is also required. Delegate selection will begin in early 2015. Selection begins early to allow plenty of time for fundraising and team-building.

Cost:  Costs will vary depending on airfare and personal spending allowances. In 2014, 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 2016, see our application forms and FAQ linked below.

Timeline (subject to change):

February 16, 2015, 6:30 - 7:30pm    2016 Sister City Delegation Information Session

March 16, 2015, 4pm                        Student Delegation Applications due

March 23, 2015, 6 - 7pm                   Application Review

April 2015                                          Student Delegate Candidate Interviews

May 2015 - July 2016                        Delegation orientation, preparation, and fundraising

August 2016                                      Delegation visit to Japan!

Adult Delegation 2016

See "Student Delegation 2016" 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 KamakuraThey 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 2016, please fill out and submit the application form below.  The adult application deadline is May 2, 2016.

See these links for fun pictures and information from previous visits.

Student Delegation 2014