Society Seeks Middle Schoolers For Japanese Study-Abroad Trip

March 26, 2010

The Japan – America Society of Houston is currently seeking Houston-area middle school students for a study-abroad program traveling to Japan that allows participants to experience another culture, increase maturity and independence, and become connected to the global community.

Houston/Chiba Exchange Program

Houston/Chiba Exchange Program

The society needs applicants for its biannual Houston – Chiba Goodwill Ambassador Exchange with Chiba City, Japan. Houston and Chiba City, Sister Cities for more than 35 years, have been exchanging middle school-age students for more than two decades.

The two-week Houston/Chiba Exchange Program allows the students to experience life in Japan by encouraging true appreciation of the habits and customs of another country. The goal is to share goodwill and create a mutual understanding between the two cultures.

This year, four Student Ambassadors will represent the city of Houston from June 20 to July 3. They will attend classes at a middle school, live with a host family, visit local areas of interest and meet school and government officials.

Exchange candidates should be outgoing, well-behaved, mature students currently in 6th to 8th grades. A curiosity about world cultures, a willingness to try new things, and an interest in Japan are essential. The candidates must submit an application with a teacher recommendation, and the Chiba Sister City Committee will interview applicants to make selections. The cost of the program is the student’s airfare; housing and most meals are provided by the host families.

For more information contact (713) 963-0121 or

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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