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High school students awarded overseas study trip to Japan 2013


Dimond High School's Japanese program students.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Anchorage School District

Dimond High School's Japanese program has been awarded 25  fully funded study-tour trips to Japan. The JENESYS (Japan-East Asia  Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) 2.0 program, established through  the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims to encourage greater  understanding between the youth of Japan and the United States.  Additionally, the program hopes to foster long-term and ongoing interest in  Japan and the U.S. by providing firsthand experiences with the culture of the  other.

Thanks to the JENESYS program, 23 students and two  chaperones will travel in late May on an 11-day study tour around Tokyo and  Kyoto, as well as a three-day visit to a high school. During the high  school visit, students will be hosted by Japanese families.  To reciprocate,  Dimond families will host students visiting Alaska in the upcoming year.

Students studying in Japanese Immersion Program and the  elective Japanese language program at Dimond have been selected to travel with  the JENESYS group.

"This is an incredible opportunity for students who have  studied Japanese-many since kindergarten-to experience the language, culture,  and environment of Japan," said Janice Gullickson, ASD World Languages  Curriculum Coordinator.

The new initiative, JENESYS 2.0, is a large scale project  which includes Pacific, South East Asia and East Asia, Australia and New  Zealand, as well as North America.

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