STUDENT TRAVEL INFORMATION (Download)
Each year the Sister Cities of Greenfield organization chooses a group of 7th grade through 11th grade students from Greenfield-Central Schools and adults to travel to our Sister City, Kakuda, Japan. Adults must meet the following criteria in order to apply – live within the city limits of Greenfield, be employees of the Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation, or be employees of the City of Greenfield. While in Kakuda, Japan, the wing members will live with host families for approximately ten days. Selection preference will be given to adults who have hosted for Sister Cities or are employees of either GCCSC or the City of Greenfield.
While in Japan, the students learn and experience, firsthand, the culture of another country. They will tour Japanese schools and businesses, as well as, meet with city government officials. The students will also speak to a number of groups during their stay. Many times, they will answer questions from their Japanese student counterparts about American lifestyles. The students also will enjoy wonderful fantastic sightseeing trips and festivities. At the end of the trip, the students visit one of the world’s largest cities: Tokyo.
Many students and adults who have traveled to Japan through this exchange in the past have commented that this trip is an once-in-a-lifetime experience. The value of firsthand experience with a different culture, as well as how the USA is viewed from another country cannot be understated. While the Sister City program realizes that the events in our nation and world within the past few years have changed our lives, we believe it is important to continue to offer this cultural exchange program.
Costs for this once-in-a-lifetime experience are minimal. Many expenses are paid through donations by local business and civic organizations. All participants must pay a fee of approximately $750. A $250 deposit is due within two weeks of the offer to travel and the remainder is due when we confirm the travel arrangements, usually in April. Not paying on time could forfeit your opportunity to travel. Travelers are also responsible for obtaining a passport and other travel expenses, as well as providing any spending money they wish to take. While in Kakuda, most meals are provided.
The current travel schedule for the Greenfield delegation is planned for mid-June 2017. Chaperone applications are only available on the Sister Cities of Greenfield website www.sistercitiesofgreenfield.org. Applications must be mailed to Phil Boley, 5509 North Cherry Tree Drive, Greenfield, IN 46140, and the envelope must be postmarked no later than midnight December 16, 2016.
Invited travelers will be called for an interview with the selection committee, and participants will be chosen in February 2017. Those selected will be required to attend a series of language and culture classes in May in order to prepare for their trip. Participants will be responsible to attend all classes with one excused absence. Failure to attend may eliminate your opportunity to travel. Please note: during the following year, the wing delegation will also represent Sister Cities of Greenfield, Inc. at area civic meetings and will present and speak publicly about their Sister City experience.
The Sister City travel experience is available only to Greenfield-Central students who will return to G-CHS or G-CJHS for the full school year following the trip. Students who move or otherwise fail to return may be held responsible for the sponsored portion of their travel expenses (Up to $2,800)
For further information, please contact Phil Boley at 317-370-5767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Chaperone Information Sheet