A life-changing international experience. This week-long exchange program immerses high-school students in another culture. Students travel between Dallas/Fort Worth and Sendai in alternating years, staying with a host family and engaging in leadership, service, and cultural activities. The program cultivates young leaders in both cities — future stewards of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

Families: Host a Sendai Student

Next Opportunity – Summer 2017

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Open your heart and home to a Japanese teenager! Young Ambassadors from Sendai rely on the hospitality of host families during their one-week stay in Dallas/Fort Worth.

  • Share family life and local culture with your guest
  • Contribute to the U.S.-Japan relationship on a grassroots level
  • Make a new friend for life

Host Responsibilities

Japan-America Society asks each host family to:

  • Provide lodging and some meals
  • Provide some local transportation
  • Attend the farewell party
  • Show your student true Texas hospitality!

We will arrange sightseeing activities for guests during the day on weekdays. Host siblings are encouraged to join in!

Timeline

January-April
Application window
May
Home visits and selection
June
Young Ambassadors announced
July
Host family orientation
August
Young Ambassadors travel to Dallas


Students: Travel to Sendai

Next Opportunity – Summer 2018

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Be a leader. Be a world traveler. Be a Young Ambassador. The one-week program includes:

  • Homestay with a Sendai family
  • Local school visits
  • Interaction with city officials
  • Volunteer activities
  • Tour of famous Sendai locations
  • Airfare and all ground transportation in Japan

Eligibility

Applicant must be:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth area high school student (in grades 9-11)
  • U.S. citizen

Students will be selected based on their ability to be good ambassadors. Applicants should demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, leadership ability, community involvement, international interest, and an open-minded attitude.

Timeline

January-February
Application window
March
Interviews and final selection
April – June
Orientations and workshops
June – July
Young Ambassadors travel to Sendai


Sponsors

The Dallas-Sendai Young Ambassadors Program is made possible by a TOMODACHI/NAJAS Grassroots Exchange Program grant.

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