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Posted on: October 9, 2019

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Group photo of students on the 2019 Ikata trip.

Contact: Lisa Acker
Permits & License Manager
Sister Cities Staff Liaison
651.385.5113

Sister Cities Commission Searching for Chaperone for 2020 Ikata Student Exchange


(October 9, 2019, Red Wing, Minn.) – Every year the Sister Cities Commission facilitates a student exchange program between high school and middle school students in Red Wing, MN, and our sister city, Ikata, Japan.  Our students travel to Japan and learn about its language and customs through homestays and cultural immersion.  The program provides a unique, enriching experience for the students of Red Wing and an equally exciting opportunity for the group’s chaperone.

The Commission is searching for a community member who is willing to serve as a chaperone for up to six students who will be selected for the 2020 exchange trip and serve as ambassadors of the Red Wing community.   The chaperone would travel with the students to Japan during the trip, tentatively set for 10-13 days in late July of 2020, and be responsible for the students during that time.  The chaperone would also meet with the students prior to the trip to organize and participate in fundraising efforts and other activities related to the trip. There will be some financial assistance available to the selected chaperone to assist with the cost of airfare. A full listing of the chaperone expectations and application form can be found on the Ikata Exchange Program page.

Applications will be taken until November 8, 2019.  Potential chaperones will be interviewed by a committee of the commission between November 11 and 15. The Commission hopes to select the 2020 Ikata chaperone at their November 20 meeting. The selected chaperone would be expected to participate in the student interviews occurring in late November/early December. 

Applicants can apply online on the Ikata Exchange Program page.  Questions on the exchange program can be directed to Lisa Acker, Staff Liaison, at 651-385-5113.


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