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Student Ambassador Program
This cultural and educational exchange program between San Mateo and Toyonaka is part of the “People to People” programs initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the early 1950s. As part of these historical programs, the San Mateo Student Ambassador Exchange with Toyonaka, Japan, allows San Mateo students to travel to Japan, live in the homes of Toyonaka families, and participate in Japanese cultural events. In exchange, Toyonaka students live in San Mateo; thus, the program serves to strengthen and promote better understanding and friendship between the United States and Japan.

The students selected for this exchange program act as Ambassadors for the City of San Mateo and participate in numerous public appearances and speaking engagements in Toyonaka, Japan. Many fine friendships have developed among past exchanges and the people working together in the San Mateo-Toyonaka Sister City program. But this “People to People” program also fosters friendship and cooperation between the residents of the two cities: San Mateo and Toyonaka.

The San Mateo-Toyonaka Sister City Association selects 4 students from San Mateo to represent the Association and San Mateo City as ambassadors. Two are selected to travel to Toyonaka, Japan, and two will remain in San Mateo to act as a host ambassadors.
Important Dates:

  • September 14 – Applications due to City Clerk by 5:00pm
  • September 18-20 – Selection Committee will do interviews (at City Hall)
  • Steptember 27 – Announcement Dinner

San Mateo City Hall – 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

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