Heart of America

Student Ambassador Program

Applications for the 2017 Student Ambassador Program
are no longer being accepted.

If you applied to this year's program, you will receive information about next steps.
Ganbatte kudasai!

Congratulations to the students who represented the Greater Kansas City area July 2016 in Kurashiki, Japan -- Kansas City, Missouri's sister city. More information about the program can be found below. 


                          2016 Student Ambassadors Lillian Oliver, Stephanie Krutz, Alice Liu and Kestrel Jurkiewicz-Miles

Since 1974, the Heart of America Japan-America Society and the city of Kansas City, Missouri have engaged in a Sister City Program with the beautiful city of Kurashiki, Japan. Since 1981, our members have helped sponsor over 72 American high school and first-year college students in a summer home-stay program in Kurashiki. These “Student Ambassadors” have studied the Japanese language and are well qualified to represent the Japan-America Society.

Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted beginning in January 2018. If you have questions about the program, please contact the Student Ambassador Committee.

Want to learn about our 2016 Student Ambassadors' experiences in Kurashiki? You can get a feel for their time by reading the  essays of last year's students:

Lillian's essay          Stephanie's essay          Alice's essay           Kestrel's essay

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