MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Has your son or daughter ever thought of visiting Japan?  This may be something to consider.

The Short Term Youth Exchange Program is looking for 28 students in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer or Warren Counties to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. Now in its 42nd year, students between 15 and 18 years of age, have an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese
students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

The three-week trip, tentatively departing on June 25, 2020 and returning on July 16, 2020, will visit major cities in southern Japan including Osaka,Kyoto and Nara. There will also be a separate trip to Hiroshima to visit Peace Memorial Park and the Holocaust Museum.

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The group will stay on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of the four main islands in Japan.  Each student will meet and live with a host family in each of the island's four prefectures.The total cost of the trip including food, lodging and airfare is $3,200. 

To apply, visit Students are selected through an interview process that occurs during January and February. Questions can be directed to Jim Allison, The Short Term Youth Exchange Chairman at 201-213-6382 or by email at


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