The Saipan Mayor Office, in conjunction with Kokusai Seishonen Kenshu Kyokai, has organized its 33rd study trip to Japan.
Students, all mixed in terms of age, gender, and schools, will depart for Narita airport on Nov. 9 and return to Saipan on Nov. 15. Participants will be able to live with their host families, visit the Ueno Zoo, and have a trip to Tokyo Disneyland—maintaining pleasant ties with the Japanese community as well as promoting the island of Saipan.
Yuki Kishimoto, student exchange program coordinator, said, “We want the students of Saipan to experience distant cultures and offer both Japan and Saipan students [a chance] to share a mutual understanding of one another.”
“Students are expected to make new friends as well as long-term relationships with the residents of Japan. The trip also promotes our island, thanks to the students doing a cultural/traditional presentation during the farewell party.”
Luise Villagomez, Saipan Mayor’s Office staff, said, “The goal of the trip is to also keep relationship ties with Japan and Saipan going and promote overall goodwill. The students, in a sense, are basically heading there as friendship ambassadors.”
Students participating in the study trip to Japan are Hannah Tenorio and Zared Nekaifes, two fifth graders from Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School; Camille Hocog a sixth grader from Dandan Middle School; Silas Xu, seventh grader, and Tychicus Xu, eighth grader, from Agape Christian School; De Faustina Camacho, freshman, Gedin Cabrera, junior, and Hector Efraim, senior, from Kagman High School; and two seniors from Saipan Southern High School: Reynafe Aniga and Chrystalle Lloren.
For information about upcoming trips the Saipan Mayor’s Office is planning, call 234-6208.