Bloomington Normal Sister Cities

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2014 High School Exchange Program Information to Asahikawa, Japan

One well-qualified High School student will be sent to Asahikawa as our goodwill ambassador from Bloomington and Normal. Our scholarship award includes transportation to and from Japan, living costs, high school tuition and fees, and a monthly stipend.

Important Dates

  • Informational Meeting: Sunday November 24, 2013
  • Application Deadline: Monday January 13, 2014

More information about the High School Exchange program can be found here.

High School Exchange Flyer

2013 High School Exchange Program Information to Asahikawa, Japan

We have selected our students. Read all about Kylie B. Eagles and Khadairis Mason-Allison here.

2014 Jr. High Exchange Program from Asahikawa, Japan

We are activly planning for this event. We expect the students to be here about March 26 - April 3, 2013.

The Sister City Committee will keep the students busy during the week from 8 to 4. There will be a Welcome dinner and a farwell dinner. Host famlies keep the students busy the rest of the time.

If your family is interested in hosting a student contact us and we'll be happy to put your family on our list.

2014 Jr. High Exchange Program Information to Asahikawa, Japan

  • Tentitive Dates: 2 weeks in June, 2014
  • Informational Meeting
  • 2pm to 3:30pm Sunday, February 9, 2014
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room at Central Illinois Regional Airport
  • Students who will finish 6th, 7th, or 8th grade June 2014
  • The cost of the trip is $2500
There is more information about this trip here.

Latest Newsletter

We've published a new newsletter. You can read it here.

If you didn't get one in the mail by February 14, 2014 you're not on our mailing list. Please go to this link and fill out the form to keep updated on the 50th and future goings on with the Bloomington Normal Sister Cities Committee.

50th Aniversary Celebration

  • Welcome Party Photos here.
  • Farewell Party Photos here.
  • This link will take you to the page with 50th Aniversary Schedule Information.
  • This link will take you to the page with 50th Aniversary Information.

We are a volunteer committee. One of the challenges we have is communication with people who want to keep up with our activities. We are implementing an email list application to help us keep in touch with you.

Please go to this link and fill out the form to keep updated on the 50th and future goings on with the Bloomington Normal Sister Cities Committee.

We also have a Facebook Page. We'll use that page more as a place to post what's going on right now with the committee. Please "Like" us on Facebook!

2012 High School Exchange Program Information from Asahikawa, Japan

Families sought for student

The sister-city program for Bloomington-Normal and Asahikawa, Japan, is looking for host families for an exchange student.