This is an exciting opportunity to visit Japan!
Komatsu Exchange leaflet 2017
Are you a year 8 to 11 student living and attending a school in Gateshead? Apply now to be part of the Gateshead and Komatsu City Youth Exchange Programme.
In 1991 Gateshead twinned with Komatsu City in Japan. Since then, there has been a successful youth exchange scheme. This involves students from Gateshead and Komatsu hosting each other in their homes.
Typical activities during an inward visit include:
Typical activities during an outward visit include:
Purpose and commitment
We started the programme to meet the town twinning commitment of promoting international understanding among young people. This is an opportunity for personal and social growth and education.
The commitment is just under two years and will involve you hosting a two week visit by a Japanese partner this July. You will have a two week visit to Japan in 2018. You will need to:
- attend regular preparation meetings,
- attend activities relating to the exchange
- plan fundraising activities.
Dates of visits and cost
The Komatsu City students will visit 14 July - 28 July 2017. The expected dates for the outward visit are likely to be 14 July - 29 July 2018. These dates may change due to flight arrangements.
There is no direct cost for participating in the programme but you will be expected to take part in fundraising activities.
How does the programme work?
In 2017, if selected to take part in the programme, you will be matched with a partner from Komatsu City. You and your family will provide home-stay for the Komatsu partner and take part in a range of activities throughout the visit. In 2018 you will stay in your partners home in Komatsu City. You will be an ambassador of Gateshead during your visit.
The exchange will involve:
- visiting schools
- sharing cultural activities
- performances as well as a range of educational and cultural learning.
Find out in more detail what to expect from the exchange.
Who can apply?
If you live in Gateshead, attend a Gateshead secondary school and are in years 8 to 11 you can apply.
Older students must still be in Year 11 or attending sixth form during the second year of the exchange and be under 18 at the time of the visit to Japan in July 2018.
How are students selected?
If you're interested, get your parent or guardian to email email@example.com with your name, age, address, post code and the school you attend.
If you qualify to apply for the exchange we will send a full application form. You will need to write a 500 word essay or if you prefer you could do a presentation, include illustrations or short media recording.
- why you would like to be involved in the programme
- why you think you should be selected
- what skills you could bring to the group.
Return your completed application forms to us by Monday 8 May 2017.
Youth exchange application form (164Kb)
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet the group leaders for an informal group interview.
Group leaders and co-ordinators will also visit your home to discuss with parents the home visit arrangements.
The selection process will consider the match with students coming from Komatsu City. We will also take into account age, gender and geographical spread.
When will I know if I have been selected and what happens next?
We will make a decision by the end of May 2017 and everyone will be involved by letter.
Komatsu City will provide a photograph and personal profile of your partner. You will be asked to begin communicating with your partner by email before they arrive in Gateshead.
Regular meetings will take place in June and early July to prepare for the visit. Usually every two weeks and on different days to avoid students missing too much of their regular activities.
Parents/guardians will have a full briefing meeting before all visits and activities.
Contact us if you have any questions relating to the exchange.