LIVINGSTON, NJ – Right now, Rotary District 7470 is looking for 28 students attending school in Essex, Morris, Sussex or Warren Counties to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program, now in its thirty-sixth year, offers students ages 16 to 19 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Applications are now being accepted and students will be selected via an interview process that will occur during February and March. To apply, click HERE. The total cost of the trip including food, lodging and airfare is $2,900. For more information, send an email to or call 201-213-6382.

This three-week trip, tentatively departing on June 25, 2015 and returning on July 16, 2015, 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.

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 four host families in each of the island's four prefectures.