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Kent-Auburn-Tamba Sister City Association seeks youth ambassadors

The Kent-Auburn-Tamba Sister City Association is looking for a few good ambassadors.

Each year, several Kent and Auburn youths are selected to serve as ambassadors to the sister city of Tamba, Japan. The delegation travels to Tamba for 8-10 days in the summer, lives with host families and in turn, entertains its Japanese brothers or sisters back home for a similar amount of time.

The association invites interested students – grades 8-10 – and their families to apply.

So far, Auburn has had no applicants, said Patty Pedrini, youth ambassador chair.

"It can change throughout the years. Sometimes we get a great influx of ambassadors, sometimes there are few," Pedrini said

Specific travel dates are to be determined.

The association will share the cost of the youth ambassador's air fare to Japan. Ambassadorship is a two-year commitment for host families.

Youth ambassadors have the chance to experience a different culture while they visit their sister city and stay with their host family. During this time youth ambassadors are often able to visit museums, see historical sites, participate in community festivals, do a little shopping and maybe even go hiking.

In the past, the international ambassadors have had a fun time seeing Washington's national and state parks, biking, shopping, visiting local cities, and enjoying picnics, plays and sporting events.

Tamba is an agricultural community in the Khogo Prefecture, Hansai region north of Kobe. Kent and Auburn now share a sister city with Tamba after the original town of Kaibara was restructured.

For those interesting in applying, contact Pedrini by email at jpjjjped3@comcast.net.

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