Heart of America

Student Ambassador Program

About Our Program
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 almost 80 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.

Congratulations to our 2019 Student Ambassadors who will be representing the Greater Kansas City area this July in Kurashiki, Japan -- Kansas City, Missouri's sister city! Pictured from left to right: Julie Turner, Riki Shu, Ken Drakey, and Gavin Knapton.



2018 Student Ambassadors 

(Left to right: Kaz Brandt, Emily McAllister, and Michael Kim)

Want to learn about our 2018 Student Ambassadors' experiences in Kurashiki? You can get a feel for their time by reading the essays of our students:

Please note: The application period for the 2020 program will be January and February, 2020. If you have questions about the program in the meantime, please contact the Student Ambassador Committee.

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