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2016 Student Ambassador Program

The San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association is very pleased to once again announce its annual High School Student Ambassador Program. The goal of this program is to advance San Francisco's relationship with its oldest sister city Osaka, Japan, celebrating 60th anniversary next year, by providing two San Francisco high school students with the experience of a lifetime. In light of the continued hardships imposed on citizens in Northern Japan after the catastrophic earthquake and the resulting devastation, as well as the recent earthquake that hit Kumamoto, our commitment to work as a conduit of goodwill between the United States and Japan remains stronger than ever.

We invite San Francisco high school students to apply to this program which provides the opportunity for two of them to spend three fully-funded weeks in Japan, living with host families and learning about Japanese culture. We encourage all students with particular interests in Japan to apply. Prior knowledge of the Japanese language, while helpful, is not required for applicants.

The High School Student Ambassador Program should not be construed or advertised as an activity of the San Francisco Unified School District. This program is sponsored independently by the non-profit San Francisco-Osaka Sister City Association and funded privately with the support of our members.

Selection will be based on a written essay, personal interests and accomplishments, and an in-person interview (please see the flyer below for details). We are looking for independent, motivated students with an interest in Japan who would thrive in a cross-cultural situation as our Student Ambassador.

We have truly enjoyed seeing selected students return from their Osaka adventures with broadened horizons, a new sense of self, and an appreciation for Japanese culture and people, and we look forward to seeing this transformation in two more worthy youths this summer!

Miho Armacost
Chair, High School Student Ambassador Program

Here is the application form: Application

Application deadline is Thursday, May 12, 2016. Applications must be received by that date either by U.S. mail or email as noted on the application package. Postmarks will not be honored, and late applications will not be considered. Those who are selected for the interview will be contacted about their scheduled interview; all interviews will take place during the week of May 16th.

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