Japanese Cultural Exchange Program

November 9, 2017 11:48 AM

The Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH) is seeking applicants for the 30th Asian-Pacific Children's Convention (APCC), a cultural exchange program, July 12-24, 2018, in Fukuoka, Japan, for students in Hawaii born between September 1, 2006 and August 31, 2007.

In a competitive selection process, JASH will select six students (three boys and three girls) as Junior Ambassadors (JAs). The JAs will join over 200 students from 40 different Asian Pacific countries and regions in Fukuoka, experience living with a Japanese host family, and participate in the APCC global youth camp.

The APCC's vision is to deepen appreciation for the cultures of other nations and regions with the aims of promoting mutual understanding and friendship, nurturing international awareness in young people, and working toward world peace and co-existence. It is hoped that the JAs will begin to build an international network of friends.

Please note that the Attestation Form in the Application Packet requires your signature as well as written recommendations from two teachers. Should one or more of your students apply, we ask that you provide an endorsement signature and encourage teachers who are asked to complete the Recommendation Form. Indeed, having an interested student engage in the APCC application process - and hopefully be named a JA - is a testament to the fine work that you and your colleagues do as educators.

The application and information about the 30th Annual APCC program can be found online at http://jashawaii.org/category/apcc/. The application must be received by JASH or postmarked no later than Friday, December 15, 2017. Applications can be downloaded at http://jashawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/30th-APCC-checklist-and-application.pdf