Trip to Shikaoi, Japan scheduled for July 2-16.
The Town of Stony Plain is looking for students interested in visiting its twin-community in Japan.
Students aged 14-18 that live in the tri-region are invited to join a group travelling to Shikaoi, Japan in July. Approved applicants will stay with a host family and experience the local culture and life of the community.
Interested students must apply by March 21 and pass a thorough application process, including an interview. As part of the interview, each applicant will be required to complete a presentation. Examples include: reciting a poem, a short video or PowerPoint presentation, or an oral presentation.
The Town of Stony Plain will pay up to 50% of travel costs. This includes return airfare, hotel accommodation, and ground transportation costs while in Japan. The applicant is responsible for the remainder of the estimated $1000-1500 cost.
The towns twinned in 1985 and the exchange program has happened since 1987.
The organizer, Kelly Maluta, says the communities share a common interest in agriculture and community values and that this trip has consistently proved successful.
"I know that most, if not all of the students, who have been a part of this program come back changed. And they definitely have a broader understanding of different cultures and lifestyles, and an understanding that the world is much bigger and yet, a lot smaller at the same time," said Maluta.
Students must be able to travel July 2-16.