Ohara Isumi-City, Japan
Each summer Duluth or Ohara Isumi-City will host a group of students who are currently in grades 7 through 9. To begin the process, students are required to submit an application and then attend an interview. After they are selected, the students will visit the hosting city traveling as a group but staying with their own host family. The following year, the student and their family is expected to host the student with whom they stayed in Japan. During this week-long program, the students experience life in the sister cities of Duluth and Ohara Isumi-City and create long-lasting relationships that help broaden perspectives on the world.
Read what previous exchange hosts and students have to say about their experiences:
“Having our teens involved with the Duluth Sister Cities exchange with Japan was an enriching experience because it helped them understand how to overcome language and cultural barriers, and to appreciate the fascinating differences between Japan and the US. They also learned how much they have in common with kids their own age who live half way across the world. Going to Japan and hosting the Japanese here in Duluth is an experience they will always cherish.” Jane Aas
“It’s an amazing experience to get to know these kids when they visit. You learn to get past any language barrier, get to know them, have lots of fun and laughs, and they definitely feel like part of the family. It’s really hard to say goodbye at the end of the week. That feeling is mutual when our kids go over to Japan, they are treated so well. And we’ve stayed in contact with Japanese families after the exchanges.” Brian Barber
2017 is a hosting year for Duluth students!
The Duluth Växjö Soccer Exchange (DVSE) is a non-profit organization that grew from Duluth Sister Cities International to be its own self-supporting program. The youth soccer program promotes a cultural and athletic exchange between Duluth, Minnesota and Växjö, Sweden.
DVSE is a two-year program in which players travel one year and host the other. Each summer Duluth and Växjö alternate hosting the Sister City Soccer Cup. Players from each country are matched and participants live with the family of his or her counterpart during the exchange. The games forge good sportsmanship and lifelong friendships that bring Duluth and Växjö closer together.