2016 Sister City Visit
The Midland-Handa Sister City Committee is seeking host families for three students who will travel from Handa, Japan, to Midland this summer to learn about life in our community. The application deadline is Thursday, May 26.
Families will host one student for just one week of the three-week program, which takes place from approximately July 23 to August 11. Hosts will share their homes and American family experiences, providing an international experience for the entire family.
Week 1: July 23-July 29
Week 2: July 29-August 5
Week 3: August 5-August 11
Nine host families will be selected to participate in the program. Families should have one or more children who will be living at home during the week-long visit, and at least one adult should be home during the daytime and evening hours. Students will live as one of the family, eating the same food, participating in regular day-to-day activities, and sleeping in the family home.
Since the exchange program began in 1982, more than 80 students from both cities have crossed the Pacific for these successful summer visits. Many past Midland host families have developed strong friendships with their students and have stayed in touch over the years.
Those interested in the program can complete the family application online by clicking here
Or download, complete and return the form:
via mail: City Manager’s Office, Midland City Hall, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, Mich. 48640 or
Deadline for host family application is Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m.
Call 989-837-3306 with any questions.
2016 Handa Student Visit Working Calendar
If you have any questions or comments not answered in the FAQs, please feel free to contact any current member of the Midland-Handa Sister City Committee:
- Tina S. Van Dam, Chair
(989) 513-0152 cell
(989) 631-3363 home