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.
For 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.
An 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!