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.