Ukraine in the Wild West: Tysmenytsia Visits Bandera County Sister Partnership Association

Delegation and volunteers pose in front of a mural
Visiting delegations from distant Sister Cities give hosts the perfect opportunity to take pride in their town’s traditions and hospitality. Few exchanges have taken better advantage of the opportunity than when a delegation from Tysmenytsia, Ukraine visited Bandera, Texas in August. The delegation of four included Stepan Svorak, Mayor of the City of Tysmenytsia; Igor Slubskyi, Deputy Mayor of the City of Tysmenytsia; Roman Krutyi, Head of Yamnytsia Territorial Community of Tysmenytsia County; and Ivan Semaniuk, Head of Tysmenytsia District State Administration. ...

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Sister Cities of Nashville Attends Chinese Energy Forum

Three people pose in front of Chinese convention center
Story contributed by Evan Metcalf on the behalf of Sister Cities of Nashville Nashville’s thriving Sister City relationship with Taiyuan, China has yielded many exchanges between the two. Throughout their eleven-year partnership, Sister Cities of Nashville has enjoyed 4 adult delegation visits and 3 student exchanges to the ancient Chinese city. Most recently, a delegation attended the 2018 Taiyuan Energy Low Carbon Development Forum. The forum was an important opportunity for the program as the Nashville mayor’s office works towards transferring more of Nashville...

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Friendships Found through Pasadena Sister Cities Committee

Few Sister Cities relationships go back as far as the one shared between Pasadena-Ludwigshafen—and the friendships between residents of the two cities go back even further. As early as 1946, residents of Pasadena, California were aware that Ludwigshafen, Germany was among the neediest in all of post-war Europe thanks to their local American Friends Service Committee. Eager to help, the residents of Pasadena began sending much needed supplies to individuals in Ludwigshafen and the first friendships between the two cities residents were spawned—eventually leading to the ...

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Boulder-Lhasa Sister Cities Project: Training Rural Tibetan Doctors in Kham

Photo montage of trainers and trainees during the project
On September 4-6, 2018, the Boulder-Lhasa Sister Cities Project collaborated with Dr. Li Tiaoying, Sichuan Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Xichang, Sichuan, to train rural Tibetan medical doctors and veterinarians from Kham on the prevention of Neurocysticercosis. Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a dangerous parasitic disease that is highly prevalent in 24 counties in western and southern Sichuan Province of China (Kham). Symptoms include epileptic seizures, headaches, hydrocephalus, blindness, and death. The risk factors for this preventable disease are ...

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Schaumburg Meets Schaumburg: A Sister Cities Gathering

Picture of four officials presenting official proclamation between Sister Cities
Sister Cities programs connect distant populations with one another through various exchanges, delegations, and partnership projects. Last week the Schaumburg-Schaumburg relationship between Illinois and Germany enjoyed ten days together after a German delegation of six visited their U.S. counterparts. The trip coincides with the 35th anniversary of Schaumburg’s oldest Sister City relationship. The Illinois village became Sister Cities with the German county in order to connect U.S. residents with their ancestral history. Schaumburg County is located in Lower Saxony ...

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Norfolk Sister City Association Sends a Mermaid to Kochi

Sketch of the Mermaid Sculpture that Norfolk Sister Cities Association sent to Kochi
A city is defined by its artists. We are first drawn to the city for the design of its unmistakable landmarks and the decorated shop windows. We then leave our cities to visit other far away ones with their own distinct architecture and novel marketplaces which allow us to break out of our daily routines and become reunited with the world at large. The Norfolk Sister City Association (NSCA) has found a way to use art to define its local community and to connect with communities abroad. Recently, NSCA sent a custom-made mermaid sculpture to her Sister City of Kochi in ...

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A Sister City Delegation from Gunnison, Colorado Visits Majkhali, India

Students in India sharing posters
A delegation from Gunnison, Colorado recently returned from a Sister Citiers trip to Majkhali, India. Watch the video below to see how they connected with their counterparts across the globe. Sister Cities from Jake Burchmore on Vimeo. Do you have video or a story to share? Visit our submit your story page to share with Sister Cities International, or email communications@sistercities.org.

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Sister Cities Association of Sarasota Exchange Will Help Students Learn Playwriting

Sister Cities teachers, here in the U.S. on behalf of the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota, pose with Sarasota Mayor Liz Albert
In July, teachers from three Sarasota Sister Cities traveled to the United States to take part in Florida Studio Theatre’s Write-A-Play Teacher Training, thanks to the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota. During their visit, they received a tour of Sarasota sites including the Ringling Museum, the University South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Ringling College of Art & Design and Mote Marine Aquarium. They also received Honorary Sarasota Citizen Certificates from Mayor Liz Alpert at City Hall. The Write-A-Play contest is an annual event where high school and ...

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Sister Cities of Nashville Delegation Explores Community Transit with Edmonton

Sister Cities of Nashville delegates and Edmonton representatives at a hockey game
Contributed by Heather Cunningham Five delegates from Sister Cities of Nashville (including myself) have just returned from Sister City Edmonton, Canada where we discussed plans for our 30th anniversary in 2020, took in some cultural events, and discussed future plans for business, educational, and professional projects. Upon arrival, our Edmonton friends took us to the Heritage Festival: an incredible showcase of the foods, art, and culture of the many nationalities represented in Edmonton.  Festival organizers gave our group a golf cart tour of the festival ...

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Sister Cities International and Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Announce Partnership

Haiti, and island in the Caribbean region
Click here to download this article as a press release. Sister Cities International, the largest citizen diplomacy network in the United States, is partnering with the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator to develop training opportunities, special resilience projects and technical exchanges to benefit U.S. and Caribbean smart accelerator programs. The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator is an initiative led by Caribbean government leaders and supported by private and public sector partners and multilateral institutions to establish a shared vision for transformative ...

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