Sister City Program seeks exchange students for next summer in Japan

Student appllications are now available for the 2018 summer student exchange group to our sister city, Nirasaki, Japan.  The six student representatives depart for Nirasaki around the second week of July, and stay with a Japanese family for three weeks.  While in Japan, the student group participates in activities planned by the City of Nirasaki, including visits to local schools, sight-seeing excursions to Tokyo, Mt. Fuji and local scenic areas, and tours of historic and cultural sites, plus a 4-day excursion to Kyoto and Hiroshima via Japan’s famous bullet train, the Shinkansen

Fairfield residents or students in Fairfield high schools who have entered ninth grade as of August 2017 are eligible to apply to be a member of the group.  The application deadline is January 18, 2018.  More details can be found on the application cover sheet.

The Fairfield-Nirasaki Sister City Program is an official program of the City of Fairfield.  It is a nonprofit organization run by local volunteers who want to cultivate cultural understanding between Americans and Japanese at a citizen level. The program began 46 years ago as a basic sister city relationship between the cities of Fairfield and Nirasaki, Yamanashi, Japan.  For the past 30 years, adults and students from the Fairfield area have traveled to Nirasaki each summer and adults and students have come to Fairfield from Japan each winter.  The program receives no outside assistance and is dependent on donations.

For more information, email the Sister City Program, or follow the program on Facebook or Twitter.  Or, attend one of the monthly Sister City Committee meetings on the second Wednesday of each month (the first Wednesday in November 2017), at 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Adult Recreation Center. The next meeting dates are November 1, December 13, and January 10.