A group of 18 Japanese students from the Kokusai Seishonen Kenshu Kyokai, or International Youth Association of Japan, will be spending the holiday season in the CNMI as they explore the island and learn about its heritage.
The students are set to arrive on Dec. 28 with one chaperone and will be staying with their assigned host families.
According to Yuki Kishimoto, Saipan Mayor’s Office student exchange program coordinator, the KSKK group coming in is the winter group and they will be staying in the CNMI until Jan. 2.
The students will be going around the island during their stay while they learn about the island’s history and its relationship with Japan.
The Saipan Mayor’s Office will also host a welcome party instead of the traditional sayonara party because of their short stay.
Kishimoto said there are currently nine host families so the students will be split in pairs, with two students for each host family. However, two families might have to take in three students.
The KSKK group has been sending students to the CNMI for over 35 years now; this year’s trip marks their 40th year and they plan to celebrate their 40th anniversary this month.