“Sister City exchanges are a unique opportunity for people to build global connections,” states SCNN Executive Director Kate Helwig. “We give local citizens the opportunity to build relationships that are meant to improve communities. We open doors and put a face on today’s fast-paced global economy.” Additionally, those travelling as Citizen Diplomats are required to participate in local Sister City programming upon their return. “It is important that those selected for travel represent Newport News both abroad and when they return,” notes Ms. Helwig. “We know that not all citizens can visit our Sister Cities, but the whole community can still benefit from our exchanges through the experiences delegates share when they return.”
Those interested in participating on the exchange must submit an application and meet several criteria, including: be at least 18 years of age; hold a current passport; agree to pay airfare and incidental travel expenses (combined estimate of $2,000); and, be a current member of SCNN (annual dues are $25). Delegates are provided “homestays” accommodations with local families in Neyagawa and must adhere to a detailed trip itinerary. The delegation is limited to 20 adults.
Deadline for submissions is July 1. Questions can be directed to the Sister Cities office at 926-1348 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications and more information are also available online at http://www.sistercities-nn.com/outgoing-delegations.
The mission of Sister Cities of Newport News (SCNN) is to build and strengthen international cooperation, understanding and development between the citizens of Newport News and those of the world. SCNN is a member of Sister Cities International (SCI), the nation’s foremost citizen diplomacy movement representing over 500 U.S. cities with more than 2,000 partnerships in over 140 countries.