Source: NorthFulton.com

Japan America Society seeking junior ambassadors for exchange program

by Staff Reports

January 22, 2014

The Japan America Society of Georgia is seeking four Georgia students (two girls and two boys) interested in participating in the 26th Annual Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan. The JASG will again act as the official liaison office between the APCC, the city of Fukuoka, and Atlanta's APCC delegation, and will manage all per-departure preparations for this fully funded and chaperoned exchange program.

The APCC has been held every year since 1989 with the objectives of: 1) generating appreciation for the culture of other nations and regions; 2) promoting mutual understanding and friendship; and 3) nurturing international awareness in the region through the young people. The convention will take place from Thursday, July 10, 2014 to Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Fukuoka, Atlanta’s sister city.

The APCC’s vision is for “each and every one of us to be global citizens of an ‘OMOIYARI’ (compassionate) spirit, creating a more peaceful world abounds with the smiles of children. The theme of the convention is “We are the BRIDGE: We connect dreams around the world.” Georgia’s four students will join more than 300 other “Junior Ambassadors” (JAs) from around the world for two weeks of culture and language exchange, home stays, sightseeing, and sporting events. Georgia will also send a chaperone to facilitate between the students and the convention. This person will be able to supervise and provide assistance for the Junior Ambassadors during the entire schedule.

To be eligible for the convention, interested applicants must:

1) Have been born between September 1, 2001 and August 31, 2002;

2) Be fully aware of our Vision, and continue to act in an “OMOIYARI” spirit as a global citizen and contribute to the activities of BRIDGE CLUB even after the participation in APCC;

3) Be willing to participate in the APCC and have a sincere interest in international exchange. Also, be curious about the Japanese way of life and culture and be willing to actively experience it;

4) Be of sound mind and body;

5) Be independent enough to stay alone with a host family and, to maximize his/her immersion experience, without contacting relatives except in cases of emergency

6) Be able to introduce aspects of their own culture while they are in Japan; and

7) Adhere to all program rules (no cell phones, no parents or relatives as chaperones, no leaving the delegation during your stay, no concurrent participation in other programs, no disobeying the rules and schedule of the host family)

The JASG requests that any student who meets the participation criteria and eligibility requirements detailed above to submit an essay, no more than two pages (either handwritten or typed), on why they would make a good Junior Ambassador and representative of Georgia. The student should also submit a single drawing on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of white paper that represents the theme of the convention. In addition, the student should provide a CONFIDENTIAL letter of recommendation (meaning that the letter was written and placed in a sealed envelope before being given to the student for submission) from the student’s teacher or another adult who is not the student’s parent and/or guardian. Lastly, the student should complete and submit an application form, which is available on the APCC page of the JASG’s website at www.jasgeorgia.org. The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For more specific information about the APCC and for detailed information from last year’s convention, please refer to the official convention web site at www.apcc.gr.jp or the JASG website at www.jasgeorgia.org for application and other document support.