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Philippine High School Students to Spend Summer in Virginia City

The deadline is fast approaching for high school students from Cagayan de Oro, in the Philippines, to apply to visit Norfolk, Virginia, as part of a new summer exchange program between the two sister cities later this year. The Philippine students will stay with Norfolk High School students and their families during the first half of July, and are expected to visit local monuments, museums, parks, souvenir shops, and the city’s naval base. They will also visit the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. The new program was organized by Cheryl McGarrigle, chair of the Cagayan de Oro Sister City Committee. It will continue next year, when Norfolk ...

The City of Auburn Goes to the Olympics

A delegation from the City of Auburn, Washington will touch down in South Korea this week to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics. They come at the invitation of host city PyeongChang, who counts Auburn as its only American sister city. Seven delegates, including Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus and others involved with the sister city program, will join delegations from PyeongChang’s sister cities in Japan, China, and Mongolia for the opening ceremony. The cities of Auburn and PyeongChang entered into talks to become sister cities nearly a decade ago. The relationship was finalized in 2011, the same year the South Korean county ...

Virtual Classroom Links Schools in Highland Park and Puerto Vallarta and Modena through Poetry

A virtual classroom project launched this month, connecting Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park, Illinois, to Los Volcanes School in Highland Park’s sister city Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico. The joint effort of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation (HPSCF) and the Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee connects the classes of Elm Place teacher Lori Wyatt and Los Volcanes teacher Raul Gibran through the study of poetry. Using a virtual platform called Edmodo, students will explore the values we share with people in other countries. The project also enables teachers in different cultures to collaborate and enrich their students’ ...

Legislators Bring the World to Annapolis

Legislators and officials in Annapolis welcomed delegations from Maryland’s 20 sister state relationships late last month to showcase their programs’ achievements over the past year at the annual Sister States Legislative Reception. The event also fosters greater cultural awareness in the Maryland community through special food, drinks, and items characteristic of each of Maryland’s sister states (in 17 countries total) set up at tables in an exhibit hall. This year’s reception, which was held January 30, also featured cultural performances by Chinese Taiji dancers and Korean drummers. The embassies of Estonia, Mexico, Turkey, Peru, ...

Stevens Initiative press release

11/06/2017 WASHINGTON, DC, (November 6, 2017) - The Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a 1.5-year grant to Sister Cities International, one of 13 new grants funded through an international competition to use online, collaborative learning to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century economy. Sister Cities International is among the second cohort of virtual exchange programs to be funded by the Stevens Initiative, an international effort to build career and global competence skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by ...

2012 Midwest Regional Conference Presentations

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2012 Midwest Regional Conference, October 5-6, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio! The theme of the 2012 Regional Conference was "Diversity in Action." The Conference challenged attendees to think of diversity in a new light to explore all areas diversity necessary for a strong community.  Sessions focused on how communities and organizations are strengthened through diversity of members, partnerships, funding and skills training. Speaker presentations are now available for download! New! Check out select videos of the presentations listed below! Opening Keynote Address: Click here to download the presentati...

Balçova, Turkey

Balçova is one of the nine districts in the Greater Izmir metro area, which sits on the southern coastline of the Gulf of İzmir. Balçova is becoming one of Izmir’s fastest growing economic regions with a strong economy focused on commerce and tourism. Home to the Izmir University of Economics, Balçova is recognized for its highly educated population. The Turkish municipality is looking for a U.S. partner to pursue trade, investment, academic, and cultural programs.

Şişli District, Turkey

Şişli District, Turkey Population: 318,217 Şişli is one of Istanbul’s 32 major districts. It has become one Istanbul's most elite neighborhoods and one of its small business and finance centers, especially with its high rises and modern shopping malls. There are many old mosques, Christian churches, and Jewish synagogues in the district as well. Şişli is looking for a U.S. partner to pursue trade, investment, academic, and cultural programs.

Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju, South Korea Population: 264,091 Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls,’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country. Although tourism is important to the economy, most residents work in agriculture or manufacturing. Gyeongju is also home to four tertiary institutions and three major universities. Gyeongju is looking to establish its first U.S. sister city focused on business, tourism, culture, and academics.

Salinas, Ecuador

Salinas, Ecuador Salinas is certainly a great place to see and enjoy, located on Ecuador’s southern coast, just 150 kilometers from Guayaquil and home to more than 70,000 residents. Salinas has one of the most developed tourism infrastructures on the coast of Ecuador, with many hotels, restaurants, and activities. It is also home to a thriving U.S. expat population.