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Student Ambassador Program

We're now accepting applications for the 2020 Student Ambassador Program!

The application for the 2020 Student Ambassador Program is now open. Click here for more information on details and requirements, including the online application. All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by January 18, 2020. Please note that because the Olympics are being held in Japan this summer, students will be in Kurashiki during the month of June.

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.

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



Want to learn about our 2019 Student Ambassadors' experiences in Kurashiki? You can get a feel for their time by reading their essays:

                                          Julie Turner          Riki Shu         Ken Drakey        Gavin Knapton

Please note: The application period for the 2020 program will be December, 2019 and February, 2020. If you have questions about the program in the meantime, please contact the Student Ambassador Committee.

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