Exchange programs
The Edmonds Sister City Commission has three different exchange programs with their City Sister of Hekinan, Japan: 1) Student Exchange 2) Assistant Language Teacher 3) Adult Exchange. More information on each program can be found below.
 
Student Exchange

The chaperone application process is CLOSED for the 2017 student trip. Check back in October 2017 for information about the 2018 trip.

The 2017 student application process is open. Click here for an application packet. Deadline for applications HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 4:30 pm.

website posterFor the past 24 years during the last two weeks of July, the Edmonds Sister City Commission has sent a group of up to 15 students, along with 1-2 chaperones, to Hekinan, Japan for a 13 day homestay. And, for the past 24 years during the first two weeks of August, Hekinan has sent a group of up to 15 students, along with their chaperones, to Edmonds for a 13 day homestay. To be eligible students must: 1) be between the ages of 14-18 at the time of the exchange 2) be in good standing in their classes (at time of application submission) and 3) be able to host a Hekinan student during the Hekinan student delegation stay in Edmonds. Students are responsible for their airfare, $350.00 for chaperone airfare, and their own spending money. Chaperone requirements: 1) must be a certificated teacher or school administrator 2) have experience leading groups of students 3) able to fullfil the time commitment for the trip, orientation meetings and presentation to the Edmonds City Council after the trip. Over the years this remarkable program has enriched the lives of hundreds of Edmonds and Hekinan students and their families, along with dozens of area teachers who have acted as chaperones. The application process for the student exchange opens every year in November and runs through mid-February. The application process for chaperones opens every year in October and runs through mid-January. During that time, application packets for both can be found at the links below or obtained by calling the Mayor's Office at 425.771.0247.

Host family opportunities
The Commission is always looking for great host families to accommodate our annual student exchange and the adult exchanges that take place during special anniversary years. Host families play a very important role in our exchange program and enable us to continue this 24+ year tradition. If you and your family would like to experience this cross-cultural interaction please let us know by contacting the Commission. For a host family application, please click here.

 

Assistant Language Teacher - ALT

MichelleRocksteadAn important element of the Sister City relationship is the ongoing presence of an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) selected by the Edmonds Sister City Commission and hired by the Hekinan Board of Education for a 2-year term. The ALT assists the Japanese language teachers in five of the Hekinan middle schools and in many ways is Edmonds' unofficial "ambassador" to Hekinan. A new ALT has been selected... Michelle Rockstead will be moving to Hekinan, Japan in March to fill the Hekinan Board of Education Assistant Language Teacher position. Watch for more information on her stay in Hekinan!

 

 

Adult Exchange
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Since the Edmonds/Hekinan Sister City relationship was formed in 1988, over 1,000 people have traveled between the two cities. Typically, delegates stay in homes and are given opportunities to meet residents and business owners and experience the respective cultures first-hand. Adult exchanges generally take place every 5 years or on significant anniversary dates, i.e., 5 year anniversary, 10 year anniversary, etc. Other adult visits have also occurred on significant anniversaries of either City, such as the 125th anniversary of the City of Edmonds.

Sister City Sponsors

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Donate to the Sister City Commission

The Edmonds Sister City Commission funds a portion of its cultural, education, and civic events through the generous donations of community members. Please consider helping us ensure the continued success of our Sister City relationships by donating below. Even the smallest contributions have a significant impact!  Thanks!


Donations to the Edmonds Sister City Commission can be tax-deductible. The Commission works to expend contributions for public purposes. Please refer to IRS Publication 526 for additional information and speak with your accountant.

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Sister City Contact

Meeting Schedule
The Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7 pm at the Frances Anderson Center, Room 123, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. Meetings subject to change. 

Commission Members
Harold (Dar) Williams II
Patrick Sweeney
Pamela Erickson
Marlene Friend
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Laura Braithwaite Otto
Iyoko Okano
Michele Fellows (Chair)
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Karyn Heinekin (Vice Chair)
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Commission Student Rep
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City Staff
Dave Earling, Mayor email

Carolyn LaFave, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
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Sister City Commission
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Office of the Mayor
425.771.0247 (phone)

425.771.0252 (fax)