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Clearwater Giving Four High School Students A Chance To Travel To Japan

Program is part of the Clearwater/Nagano Sister Cities High School Exchange Program

Post Date:11/01/2018 7:49 AM

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The best way to learn about Japanese culture is to visit Japan and see first-hand how Japanese people live. The dream can now become a reality for some Pinellas County high school students. Clearwater is looking to send four local high school students on an educational trip to Japan. Four students will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship that will go toward spending one week during the summer 2019 in Clearwater’s Sister City of Nagano, Japan as part of the Sister Cities International Exchange Program. The program is a partnership between the city of Clearwater and the Pinellas County School Board.

This opportunity will give four high school students a chance to immerse themselves in Japanese culture, giving them a hands-on learning opportunity they can’t get from just reading books. During their stay, the students will reside with homestay families and visit junior and senior high schools. As part of their visit, the students will make numerous presentations at each school, and actively participate in educational exchanges between Clearwater and Nagano students.

Those eligible must be residents of Clearwater, enrolled in grades 9 through 11, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled in a world language, international business, or comparative cultures classes or have completed a sequence of similar study. Those interested in this unique opportunity must apply by Jan. 4. The requirements and an application can be found by visiting and clicking on the Arts & Culture tab, or by contacting Natalie Lamb at (727) 562-4803 or by email,

 Sister Exchange Program Flyer 2018

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