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.

Applications for 2019 are no longer being accepted. 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.

Congratulations to our 2018 Student Ambassadors who represented the Greater Kansas City area July 2018 in Kurashiki, Japan -- Kansas City, Missouri's sister city! 2019 Student Ambassador names and photos will be posted soon.


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:

Emily's essay        Kaz's essay         Michael's essay

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