The latest batch of 15 CNMI students who went to Japan under the Office of the Mayor’s Student Cultural Exchange Program is back on Saipan after a week.
The students stayed at the homes of Japanese families and participated in some activities at the Daitoubunka Daiichi High School.
“It was a great trip. I gained really good experience on how people are in different countries,” said Yu Ling Chai of Francisco Mendiola Sablan Middle School.
The students are from 5th grade to 12th grade and, aside from FMS, are from Marianas High School, Saipan Southern High School, Kagman High School, Mount Carmel School, Saipan Community School, Grace Christian Academy, and Saipan International School.
Making friends with students from outside the CNMI was one of the things GCA’s Erin Park liked about the trip. “Saipan is such a small island and [the program provides] a new experience for those who want to see the bigger world and try new cultures,” Park said.
The trip was made possible by the Saipan Mayor’s Office’s Student Cultural Exchange Program, in partnership with the International Youth Affairs of Japan Kokusai Seishonen Kenshu Kyokai.
SCEP coordinator Yuki Kishimoto said that 15 students from Japan will be staying on Saipan from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2.