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2019 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 continue growing grassroots relationships between the people of San Francisco and Osaka, Japan, by providing two San Francisco high school students with the experience of a lifetime visiting Osaka for three weeks. Our commitment to work as a conduit of goodwill between the people of San Francisco and Osaka is stronger than ever.

We invite students to apply to this program which provides the opportunity for two high school students (current 9th, 10th and 11th graders) to spend three fullyfunded weeks in Osaka, 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 inperson interview (please see the application package for details). We are looking for independent, motivated students with an interest in Japan who would thrive in a crosscultural situation as San Francisco’s 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 students this summer!

Miho Armacost
Chair, High School Student Ambassador Program

Misako Maki Sack
Executive Director

Here is the application form:


Application deadline is 11:59 PM on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Applications must be received by that date by email as noted in the application package.  Late applications will not be considered.  Those who are selected for the interview will be contacted by email about their scheduled interview; all interviews will take place during the week of May 13th. For more information or if you have any questions about the Student Ambassador Program, please contact the Program Chair, Miho Armacost (

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