Thank you for your interest in the Youth Ambassador trip to Japan.

!!!      Enrollment for the 2017 trip ends at midnight Monday 3/27

If you would like to be notified about this program, kindly send an email to our secretary: bob.green@bgai.com and ask to keep you informed about the next trip or other Youth projects, such as a Japanese Language contest in the fall of 2017.

The next Orientations and Information meeting on April 16 (Sun) 2017. 5:00 PM
Parents and youth are welcome to attend as the itinerary plans are discussed and questions may be addressed. This will be held in one of the student rooms of Shareworld Learning Center.

Orientation Site: Shareworld Learning Center, Cupertino, CA (on-line map)

 After registration (below) download the travel agency document

 Steps 

The details for 2017 program in June are still being finalized. Here are the steps for joining the program and a current snapshot of the program.

  1. [ Pending ] Detailed Information: Download and read the complete program as produced by the travel agency(pdf): YA-2017 trip. This will explain the overall program including costs, schedules and some of the detailed activities. If you are interested, proceed to step 2.
     
  2. REGISTRATION:click ] Fill out now to get the communication started

  3. Submit an article describing why you to wish to participate in this program with Japan.
     
  4. After you are accepted, you will receive a notice email noting your acceptance and giving further details.



 Homestay-Questionnaire [ click ] to fill out after you are accepted in the Youth Ambassador Program.


 Facts and current Itinerary [ updated 3/8/2017 ]

This trip to San Jose’s Sister City of Okayama, Japan will feature homestays, immersion in many local businesses, public NPOs, cultural and other aspects. It is supported by Okayama residents including executives of various companies and persons supporting the value of developing international friendships. This friendship dates back to 1957 (60 years ago!). We are offering a roughly 2 week tour to Japan including Okayama, and other areas of Japan. The itinerary is described in an ‘as it it now’ list is below. Some activity details may change. The geographic destinations are now fixed.

High School Youth from the San Francisco Bay area are welcome to join this annual trip, regardless of their living or schooling location. If you are interested in getting more information, read on. If you would like to register for the trip, now is a good time to reserve a seat. The trip will occupy 12th to the 26th of the month of June. If you are a parent, check with your child to see if school or summer activities may interfere.

To join the group, you are required to have the traveler register with our youth organization. The Youth Ambassadors will indeed represent our locale to Japan and we wish to have them involved in our local scene and activities wherever and whenever possible. There is a fee of $40 to belong to the group’s program and must be paid to get started. We have reserved seats with the airline.

In addition, to be registered in this trip, requires a $250 reservation deposit which is paid directly to or forwarded to the travel company, Kintetsu International. [Note: From February on, the travel agency will clarify the fee payments for this trip. Please discuss with the agency what and when fees are refundable up until April 1 prior to the trip. After that date, refunds are limited. The travel agency will provide information about cancellations later than that and also information about the total travel package but we are just starting to make sure everything is in order. The Youth Ambassador group does not receive monetary advancement from this trip. Most of the activity is volunteered and fees collected are related to program expenses.  It is about the Youth for us, and the time and personal funds spent on this project is incredibly wonderful.
PLEASE NOTE: this event is NOT sponsored by any city, school, school district or for-profit business. The City of Okayama supports the project in friendship with the years of friendships created between them and the US.

Be sure to contact the travel agency to review a copy of their travel document describing the payment details of the application fee to us and the travel fee as supplied by the travel agency.

The best thing to get started is to enter the information below and send the two fees.

While we have only been doing these short visits to Japan for six years (actually the first was cancelled because of uncertainties resulting from the tsunami/nuclear issues in Japan in 2011), the relationship has a decades long history of youth traveling between the two countries. We strongly believe that the person to person relationships that spawn from these trips make a wonderful base for a successful future for the youth.

You may register with us by clicking on the link at the top of this page. This registration does not commit you to join the trip, but will make available information by email and meetings about this trip.

Here is the current Itinerary. Not all details are available at this time, including the flight to Japan.
  It is subject to change in detailed activities without notice.

Youth Ambassador -June 2017

3/18/2017: Orientation 1

4/16/2017: Orientation 2

5/??/2017: Pre-trip Briefing (may be in June)

                   - Via  JAL (Japan Air Line)-

 

Current details (subject to change  (03/11/2017)

Youth Ambassador -2017
- International flights by JAL (Japan Air Line)-

6/12(Mon):   SF – Haneda(Tokyo) - Kansai(Osaka)

6/13(Tue):   Hotel at Namba(Osaka)

6/14(Wed):  Osaka-Okayama(Visit Mayor/ University)

6/15(Thur):  Okayama (Gakugeikan High School)

6/16(Fri):     Okayama (Kyokuto Junior High )

6/17(Sat):    Homestay

6/18(Sun):   Homestay

6/19(Mon):  Hiroshima  (Miyajima & Peace Museum)

6/20(Tue):   Hiroshima-Kyoto( Kiyomizu Temple etc)

6/21(Wed):  Osaka(Ramen Museum)

6/22(Thur):  Osaka-Tokyo

6/23(Fri):     Tokyo (NTT docomo Tour & San Denshi)

6/24(Sat):    Visit Sendai *Volunteer for Tsunami Disaster

6/25(Sun):   Tokyo Free Time

6/26(Mon):   Haneda(Tokyo) - SF

========= Cities Visited =======

Osaka:            1night 6/12(Tue)

Okayama:       5nights  6/14(Wed) ~ (hotel & Homestay)

Hiroshima:     1night     6/19(Mon)

Kyoto              2nights   6/20(Tue) & 6/21(Wed)

Tokyo:            4nights    6/22(Thur) ~

———— US <-> Japan air details ————

Leaving SF Air Port June 12th (Mon): 4:10pm

Arriving Haneda(Tokyo) June 13th (Tue): 7:20pm

Leaving Japan June 26th (Mon)

Arriving San Francisco June 26th (Mon): 12:40pm

On the Internet:   YA-trip.org