Welcome Reception hosted by the City of Hanamaki and the Hanamaki International

Hot Springs, AR explores business opportunities with sister city Hanamaki, Japan


In September 2012, a five-member delegation from Hot Springs, Arkansas visited their sister city Hanamaki, Japan, to explore opportunities for business development.

Culver City aids tsunami-affected families in Japanese sister city


In late 2011, eight Sister Cities International members received a Kaiser Permanente Benefits Group grant of $11,350 each to conduct projects with Japanese sister cities in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Sister Cities Africa

Sister Cities Africa announces U.S. Trade Mission to North Africa


Our partners at Sister Cities Africa have announced a U.S. Trade Mission to North Africa. Please see details below:

(L-R) Palenque Rojo performers with Asheville resident Kallup McCoy "Tsisdu"

Opening doors to a rich cultural experience


This Fall, Asheville residents got a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of their sister city San Cristóbal de las Casas, thanks to Asheville Sister Cities International! ASCI’s “Palenque Rojo” cultural project was the culmination of two years of planning and fundraising and successfully leveraged community resources and partners.

U.S. Department of State Announces Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students


Did you know the U.S. Department of State announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad? Please see below for details!

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