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2020 Youth Exchange Program to Japan
Applications for 2020 Program will be accepted December 1, 2019
Partnership Between Rotary D7475 (northern/central New Jersey) Rotary D7670 (Shikoku, Japan)
 
 
 
Rotary Clubs in District 7475 join together in a search for students to represent the our District in a cultural exchange with Japan.  The Short Term Youth Exchange Program, now in its 42nd year, offers students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to experience life in another country.
 
This three week trip is expected to depart on June 25, 2020 and is designed for students who want to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.  Our group of 28 students and 2 leaders will be met in Osaka by Japanese Rotarians who will be our hosts during our stay.
 
The group will visit major cities in southern Japan including Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. There will also be a separate trip to Hiroshima to visit Peace Memorial Park and Museum. The group will primarily stay on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands in Japan (approximately the size of New Jersey).  Each young person will meet and live with four different host families in each of the island's four prefectures. 
 
This trip provides an unique insider's view of Japan since we are hosted by local Japanese people and stay in Japanese homes.  This type of trip cannot be duplicated as a tourist.