Youth Exchange Trip to Japan


PARSIPPANY — The Rotary Clubs in our area are looking for 28 students to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan.  The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program, now in its thirty-eighth year, offers students ages 16 to 19 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

This three-week trip, tentatively departing on June 30 and returning on July 21, will visit major cities in southern Japan including Osaka, Kyoto and Nara. There will also be a separate trip to Hiroshima to visit Peace Memorial Park and the Holocaust Museum. The group will stay on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands in Japan.  Each student will meet and live with four host families in each of the island’s four prefectures.

The total cost of the trip including food, lodging and airfare is $3,000.  Students, who must live or attend school within Rotary District 7470 (Essex, Morris, Sussex or Warren Counties), are selected through an interview process that occurs during February and March.  Applications are being accepted until March 15th.  To apply, click here.

The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Chairman, Jim Allison can be contacted at or (201) 213-6382 to answer any questions.

Further information regarding Rotary District 7470 is available by clicking here.