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Breaking the Ice

Despite recent tensions in Eastern Europe, San Diego has embraced their sister city relationship with Vladivostok, Russia. In April 2014, the sister city program sent four 7-8th grade students on a school exchange. The students were chosen from a Russian language afterschool club at Perkins School, taught by Fernando Hernandez, President of Perkins K-8 School in San Diego and President of the San Diego-Vladivostok Sister City Society.Once Principal Hernandez and the student delegation arrived in Vladivostok, they were invited to partake in many activities both in school and out, keeping the group busy throughout their 10-day stay. American students ...

Remembering Typhoon Haiyan: Palo Alto, California-Palo Leyte, Philippines

Six months ago today, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in recorded history, struck the Philippines. The “super typhoon” caused catastrophic damage, leaving cities and towns destroyed, over 6,300 people dead, and thousands of others injured and displaced throughout the island. After hearing the news about Typhoon Haiyan, the city of Palo Alto in California decided to immediately respond to their sister city of Palo, in Leyte Province, Philippines.Co-Vice President of Neighbors Abroad (Palo Alto’s sister city association), Ruth Carleton, approached the City Council of Palo Alto directly after the Typhoon struck the Philippines and ...

Gainesville-Qalqilya Partnership Opens Door to Educational Opportunities for Deaf Students

The Gainesville, Florida and Qalqilya, Palestinian Territories sister city partnership recently made a unique youth exchange possible. In early April, two Deaf students, five hearing students, the headmaster of the Deaf School, and a Deaf teacher from Qalqilya visited Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida. Although delegations have traveled back and forth between the two sister cities several times in the past, this was the first educational youth exchange of its kind. In preparation for the Qalqilya delegation’s visit to Gainesville, Oak Hall’s American Sign Language teacher, Cynthia DuPont, organized regular Skype calls to communicate ...

Sister Cities Bring Cherry Blossoms and Couple Together

For the residents of Boulder, Colorado, springtime brings an especially beautiful sight to the parks around the city, as the sakura (cherry blossom) trees from their sister city of Yamagata, Japan begin to bloom. As part of the sister city Sakura Project, Yamagata regularly donates the sakura trees, and the City of Boulder provides the land (parks and other locations) to plant them. Approximately 250 sakura trees have been planted thus far.Interestingly, in April 2009, a delegation from Yamagata visited Boulder to help plant sakura trees in the city’s parks. That’s when Ken Fisher, a Forestry Assistant for the City of Boulder, and Eiko Kato, the ...

Houston Aids Drought-Affected Sister City

The Thar Sindh region of Pakistan, home to Houston’s sister city Karachi, recently suffered a severe drought that left over 200,000 families displaced and malnourished. In response, the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association (HKSCA) did its part by lending a helping hand to its sister city. HKSCA joined forces with a community partner, the Alliance of Benevolence, and local media outlets to host the “Event for Humanity: Thar Sindh Pakistan Needs Permanent Solutions” fundraiser, raising over $100,000 for those in need.In order to ensure that the people and communities in Thar would receive effective emergency assistance, HKSCA also teamed up ...

Sister Cities of Nashville: Expanding Global Cultural Exchange from High School to College

In 2013, 40 Student Ambassadors from the Nashville area were chosen to participate in a global cultural immersion experience through the Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) High School Student Ambassador Program. With informational materials in tow, the Student Ambassadors traveled to their host countries to embark on an extraordinary opportunity to become fully immersed in the cultures and languages they had been studying in school.For many students, this was their first time traveling outside of the U.S., causing each to bring excitement and curiosity with them as they journeyed to the sister cities of Caen, France, Magdeburg, Germany, Mendoza, ...

2014 Board of Directors Elections: Accepting Applications for Open Positions

Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors is elected by its voting members—local sister city organizations. The election includes both electronic voting from June 12-August 1, 2014 as well as in-person voting at the Annual Business Meeting on August 1, held during Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference. More information on the election as well as service on the Board of Directors can be found in the FAQ here: www.sistercities.org/BoardFAQ.Seven (7) at-large Board positions as well as one (1) Youth Representative will be filled by election during the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in San Jose, California on ...

Statement by Sister Cities International on Recent Tensions in Eastern Europe

The Sister Cities International network includes 76 U.S.-Russian and 23 U.S.-Ukrainian sister city partnerships, with many having already celebrated 25 years of mutually beneficial exchanges and cooperative activities. These partnerships have helped build understanding and peace by creating grassroots connections between communities.As tensions have risen in recent weeks between the U.S., Russia, and Ukraine, Sister Cities International hopes that citizens of all countries keep in mind the principles of citizen diplomacy that have made sister cities an important link between these countries for the past quarter century:That citizens can have a ...

2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Award Winners Announced!

Sister Cities International is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards. The Awards recognize the accomplishments of outstanding U.S.-China sister city programs and their contribution in building strong people-to-people ties between the two countries.They are awarded in several categories including Best Overall, Longest Relationship, Community Involvement, Youth, Arts & Culture, Economic Development & Trade, Most Innovative, and Outstanding Individuals. Award winners will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony on March 27 during the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, in Washington, D.C.The Conference, ...

Sister Cities International welcomes Latin American delegation

Sister Cities International welcomed a delegation of 70 representatives from municipalities across Latin America on November 7th. Members of the “International Technical Training Mission” represented 11 different countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. The trip’s focus was on “establishing technical cooperation for development, building strategic alliances, and fundraising for projects and sustainability programs.” This meeting of minds is a part of Sister Cities International’s commitment to grow connections between the United States ...