Host Families Needed For Japanese Sister City Visitors

Twelve students will arrive Jan. 5 for seven-night stay
Gilroy – High school students from Gilroy’s sister city are looking for families willing to host the Japanese students for a seven-night stay in January.

The Takko High School students will arrive here on the evening of Jan. 5. The group, comprised of 12 students and four adults/teachers from Takko, Japan, will check out Gilroy’s schools and do some sight-seeing during their stay.

They also plan to visit San Francisco State University.

Students will spend the majority of the time visiting schools and touring the Bay Area. But on Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, the students will have time to spend with their host families.

The teens are really excited about the trip and can’t wait to visit the U.S., particularly Gilroy, according to a press release from Sarah Bryson, coordinator of international relations for Takko-Machi, Japan.

Gilroy has teamed up as a sister city with six different cities from around the world.

The goal of having sister cities is to foster deeper cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation towards sustainable economic and community development.

Besides Takko-Machi, Japan, Gilroy has sister cities in Monticelli d’Ongina, Italy; St. Clar, France; Koror, Republic of Palau; Tecate, Mexico and Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

Locals interested in hosting a student should contact Bryson at [email protected]

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