Palo Alto-area teens can experience first-hand how families in Oaxaca live by participating in this genuine two-way exchange. After students spend approximately four weeks with a host family in Oaxaca, their Mexican brother or sister comes to the Palo Alto area to spend equal time with the exchange student's family. Palo Alto participants are eligible to earn student community service credits in connection with their participation in certain activities in Oaxaca.
Student diplomacy and sustainability are themes of the program, with the students having various opportunities for discussions and exchanges of ideas on a host of topics, including the roles of our Sister Cities. Students visiting Oaxaca will have the opportunity to see first-hand the forested community near our Sister City that is part of the groundbreaking Palo Alto-Oaxaca carbon offset program. At the conclusion of the program, students will earn a commendation as a student diplomat.
Eligibility: Applicants should be high school students at least 15 years old who are studying Spanish at any level. Rising juniors and seniors preferred.
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This program is on hold due to continued heightened COVID precautions in Japan, but we hope to resume the exchange in 2024.
Families in the Palo Alto area have typically hosted students from our Japanese Sister City, Tsuchiura, in March. Later, the Palo Alto students stay with the family of the Tsuchiura student they hosted, shadowing their student for two days of middle school in Japan. In addition to the homestay portion of the trip, the groups normally also visit many historical and cultural sites in Japan including Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Himeji Castle.
Past participants of the long-running Tsuchiura Exchange program have expressed genuine gratitude for their involvement in this program. Many families have established a lasting connection with their Japanese friends.
Please contact Jennifer Buenrostro at email@example.com or 650-224-9539 for more information.
Download the exchange program application.