Ikata Exchange Program

Now accepting applications for the 2020 chaperone position.

2020 Ikata Exchange Program

The Sister Cities Commission is now accepting applications for an adult chaperone for up to six students in eighth to eleventh grade that will be interested in taking part in the Ikata, Japan student exchange. The chaperone will be involved in the student selection process. Deadline to apply is November 8, 2019.

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If you are a student or a chaperone that is interested in being part of this exchange program, applications for the 2020 trip are available below.

Interested students can apply here.

Interested chaperones can apply here.

Questions? Contact the Sister Cities Staff Liaison Lisa Acker at 651-385-5113.

Photos from past trips to Ikata!

Chaperone & Student Application Process

  • Additional funding could be available to the chaperone and students through the grant application process and fundraising efforts of the selected students and chaperone
  • The Sister Cities Commission hopes to approve a chaperone at their November 20 meeting.
  • The Sister Cities Commission typically provides scholarship funds for the chaperone and students traveling to Ikata. The amount varies each year based on the budget.
  • All "complete" student applications submitted will be reviewed by the commission and applicants will be contacted by email or telephone to set up a time to interview with an assembled panel in November or December.

Ikata & Red Wing Come Together

The purpose of the links below is to provide information to students and host families participating in our summer exchange program.