TRIP DATES: July 25 - August 4, 2017
AGES: Entering grades 10 - 12 in Fall 2017
SOCIAL JUSTICE FOCUS: Peace Studies
The trip will consist of a group of 10-15 teens, along with 2 YMCA trip leaders. After the group is selected, students will attend pre-trip gatherings focused on team-building, leadership development and cultural competency trainings in preparation for their trip. On the trip, each student will experience Japanese language, life and culture and connect with local youth through their three day trip to YMCA Camp Yoshima, visiting historic Kyoto, touring Kobe and a home-stay with a Japanese family from the Kobe YMCA. Students will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to see, hear and discuss directly about the personal impact of war. In addition, students will helping to feed the hungry with a service learning project with the Kobe YMCA. 2017 will be our 51st year of Student Exchanges between the Seattle YMCA and Kobe YMCA.
ACCOMODATIONS: A mix of hotels, YMCA Camp Yoshima (enclosed cabins) and home-stays with a Japanese family connected to the Kobe YMCA (typical Japanese family home or apartment).