Kent Sister Cities Association seeking students to go to Norway this summer

The Kent Sister Cities Association is seeking students who want to go to Norway this summer:

?? Do You Want To Go To Norway This Summer? ??

We are looking for Kent high school students to participate in our Youth Ambassador Program as a summer exchange student to Norway.

https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539

This program is sponsored by the Norway Committee of the Kent Sister Cities Association and is an incredible opportunity for Kent high school students to experience a new country and culture.

? Don’t miss out on this INCREDIBLE opportunity… Apply Today! https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539 ?

WHAT IS THE YOUTH AMBASSADOR PROGRAM?

Every summer, the Norway Committee selects local Kent high school students to represent the City of Kent as Youth Ambassadors in our student exchange program.

You do not have to have Norwegian heritage and we encourage ALL high school students to apply.

HOW DO I APPLY:

You can access the application directly here:
https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539

? Applications are due by January 31st, 2019. Get your application in today! ?

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For more information, feel free to contact Tracie Leistiko at [email protected]

WHAT DO YOUTH AMBASSADORS DO?

We will select our 2019 Youth Ambassadors in February and immediately get you indoctrinated into our Norway Committee and start your preparation for your summer exchange.

In May, you will represent the Norway Committee at the Kent International Festival and help with our Norway booth. It’s a full day of FUN and FOOD that you will love.

At the beginning of July, the Norwegian Youth Ambassadors will arrive and stay with you for two weeks. This is your chance to show them all the great things about Kent and the Seattle area. For most of them, this will be their first visit to the United States, and they will be amazed at everything!

? Apply Today: https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539?

In mid-July, then all of you will return to Norway and you will live with your Norwegian host for two weeks. Norway is such a beautiful country and you will have a blast during your time there. Two weeks will fly by and then you will be begging to go back soon!

In November, you will give a presentation at Kent City Hall and discuss your Youth Ambassador experience and help promote the program and recruit new Youth Ambassadors for the following year.

You will make friends for life during this journey and get to experience things that most kids only dream of. You’re going to love it!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Most of the costs for this program are funded by the Norway Committee and all we ask is that you pay for half of your plane ticket to Norway (typically around $750 or so). You will host your Norway exchange student here in the U.S., and they will host you while in Norway, so essentially all lodging and food are covered. Of course, you will want to buy a few things while in Norway, so plan on having some extra spending money for souvenirs.

Apply Today: https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539

WHAT IS THE KENT SISTERS CITIES PROGRAM?

Kent’s Sister Cities Program provides opportunities to establish meaningful and lasting global friendships, partnerships, and connections. Youth exchanges and other events deepen our community’s connection to the diverse populations living in our city and our connections around the world.

?? WHERE IS SUNNJFORD, NORWAY? ??

Sunnfjord (English: the southern fjord) is a traditional district in Western Norway located in Sogn og Fjordane county. It includes the municipalities of Askvoll, Fjaler, Flora, Førde, Gaular, Jølster, Naustdal, and the southernmost parts of Bremanger. It covers an area of about 4,476 square kilometres (1,728 sq mi) and has a population (2006) of 41,156–about 32% of the population of Sogn og Fjordane county.

The central geographical characteristic of the Sunnfjord region are the fjords Dalsfjorden and Førdefjorden. It is a tourist region, with waterfalls, fishing, white-water rafting, glaciers, hiking, and scenery–including Jostedalsbreen National Park.

The Sunnfjord Area is rich in tradition and culture. Home to many artists, handcrafters, folk musicians and dancers, the relationship between Kent and the SunnfjordArea (Kommunes of Forde, Jolster, Naustdal, Gaular) began in 1993, and was formally proclaimed as a Sister City in 1996.

? APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JANUARY 31ST… APPLY TODAY! https://www.kentwa.gov/home/showdocument?id=11539