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A trip of a lifetime to Japan

Japan may seem half a world away, but Boston has a very real connection with this faraway oriental land.

Exchange visits have been taking place between students from Boston and Hakusan, on the northwest coast of Japan, for the past 22 years.

In turn Boston families return the favour and host students here when they visit from Hakusan to get a taste of Boston.

Young people are now being selected for the 2018/19 exchange which offers experience of a completely different culture and lifestyle, a chance to host a Japanese student for 10-12 days during the last three weeks of July, 2018 and a visit to Japan for 12 to 14 days during the last three weeks of July, 2019. Successful applicants will also gain personal development through commitment to a long-term project and an opportunity to meet new people and make lasting friendships.

Exchange organisers are seeking young people within the Borough of Boston who will be in school year group eight or nine in September, 2017, to represent the 2018/2019 exchange.

The exchange is run outside of school with regular meetings for both the young person and a supportive adult.

To make the Exchange more accessible, the young person and their supportive adult/families are responsible for organising fundraising events with an aim to cover the majority of the cost of the exchange, with the remainder being parent/guardian contribution (historically £500 to £700).

Enthusiastic, open-minded, opportunity-seeking young people should contact the Hakusan Exchange for an information sheet and application form at or download the files below.

Applications close on September 20, 2017.

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Students setting off for Japan earlier this year.

Related documents

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[779kb] Basic Exchange Information for Application 14 08 2017 Basic Exchange Information for Application 14 08 2017
[57kb] HCE Application Form 14 08 2017 HCE Application Form 14 08 2017

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.