The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is recruiting local teenagers interested in participating in the organization's annual summer exchange program.
The cultural exchange has offered valuable experience to hundreds of students over the past three-plus decades while promoting goodwill and friendship between Pleasanton and its sister city, Tulancingo, Mexico.
"This exchange program offers the students an opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture in a safe family home environment," PTSCA representative Margo Tarver said in a statement.
"Students and their parents have noted that upon returning they have increased self-esteem, self-confidence and maturity, as well as having had the introduction to another culture and a greater understanding and command of the Spanish language," Tarver added. "Life-long friendships form during this exchange that are valued above all."
To qualify, a participant must be a local high school student with two years of high school Spanish language studies, or equivalent experience.
The exchange is a reciprocal program, with students from Pleasanton being hosted in Tulancingo homes for three weeks, and then all students traveling together to be hosted in Pleasanton homes. The only cost for participants is round-trip airfare to Mexico.
Two informational sessions have been scheduled for next week to educate interested students and their parents about the program. The sessions will run from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday in the main conference room at Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce headquarters, 777 Peters Ave.
To learn more, visit ptsca.org or contact the student exchange coordinator Debbie Glenn at email@example.com.