Deadline Approaching for Sister City Exchange Program

Local high school students have until May 1 to apply for a spot in this year's San Carlos Sister City Exchange Program for an opportunity to study in Omura, Japan. The deadline for Metepec, Mexico is June 30.

[Editor's note: This is the final in a three-part series about the San Carlos Sister City Association's summer exchange program by Patch contributor Aparna Bhat. Local students are invited to apply to study in sister cities in Ōmura, Japan and Metepec, Mexico this summer.]

An informational meeting for the program will be held Tuesday, April 30 at the Main Redwood City Library in the Community Room, 4:45 - 6 p.m.

For the previous two stories about the SCSC Exchange Program, click here for Part 1, and click here for Part 2.

Students ages 15 – 18 from San Mateo through Menlo Park are welcome to apply to the Student Exchange Program, where they will be hosted by English-speaking families in either Ōmura or Metepec, depending on which program they apply to.

Students traveling to Metepec will be accompanied by a Spanish-speaking chaperone in order to make communication more seamless, but both programs are tailored toward English-speaking students and families. A small financial award may be provided to student delegates who are accepted into the program, funded by the San Carlos Sister City Association. The only costs are for travel and personal expenses.

The application deadline for Ōmura, Japan is May 1, while the application deadline for Metepec, Mexico is June 30.

For more information about the trip to Ōmura, contact John Hoffmann at johnjhoffmann@comcast.net or (650)595-3933.

For more information about the trip to Metepec, please contact Leonor Urbain at lurbain@comcast.net or (650)594-1632.

For families interested in hosting a student from either of the sister cities or who wish to make a donation toward the SCSC Association, contact either John Hoffmann or Leonor Urbain.

The San Carlos Sister City Association is a 501(c)3 with its main fundraiser the “Taste of Italy.” This year, “Taste of Italy” will be held on Sept. 21 from 6 – 8 p.m.



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