Twenty eighth grade students from Livermore schools will be heading to Japan in October as part of the Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City Organization's annual student exchange program.
Four parent chaperones and two Livermore teachers will accompany the students.
Yotsukaido is about one hour from Tokyo, near Narita airport. It is a city of similar to Livermore's population and socio-economic environment. While there, the Livermore students will be paired and stay with a family in Yotsukaido with children their own age.
They will attend school with their host family's youth, giving them a chance to compare schools and cultures. Although most Japanese youths are learning English, and Livermore youths also will learn key words in Japanese to help them communicate.
The Sister City organization was formed in 1977, and the exchange program started in 2001. Middle school students in Livermore are invited to apply for the program in early spring. A rigorous application and interview process selects those youths chosen to represent the city in the exchange program.
Student and adult representatives from Yotsukaido visited Livermore last March, attending Livermore schools with their host students, touring San Francisco and spending time with their host families sightseeing and learning American culture.
For more information on the Livermore Yotsukaido Sister City program, log on to www.lysco.org or email email@example.com All Livermore eighth graders are encouraged to apply.