The Town of Stony Plain is currently accepting applications for 2018 Long Stay Program in Shikaoi, Japan. Every year, the Town sends four individuals (one every 3 months) to Shikaoi a year, the Town’s sister city, up to 90 days. This life-changing program is available to any Stony Plain resident who is over the age of 18.
Participants of the Long Stay Program have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture, language, and traditions. While abroad, participants give back to the Shikaoi community by volunteering in schools or local organizations.
Nelson Barros, who recently participated in the Long Stay Program, volunteered in a daycare while in Shikaoi. Barros said, “I feel very comfortable with children, so I felt the perfect place for me was in the younger schools.” Barros continues, “I went swimming and horseback riding with the kids. Occasionally, we’d sit down and read English books—learning about animals at the zoo or fruits.”
Kelly Maluta, Community Services Coordinator says, “The Long Stay Program is a unique opportunity perfect for individuals interested in learning more about speaking Japanese, living in Shikaoi, and learning about the Japanese culture. The program is one of four that the Town of Stony Plain offers in partnership with Shikaoi, Japan—the other programs are the Student Exchange, the Adult Delegation, and the Assistant English Teaching Program.”
Barros, who participated in the Student Exchange Program in high school, only had positive comments about the Long Stay Program. Barros said, “I don’t think there’s anything really like it. The ability to stay there for as long as I did was something I would never trade. I want to go back!”
The deadline to apply to the 2018 Long Stay Program is Friday, December 1, 2017. To learn more about the program, or the other Shikaoi exchanges offered through the Town of Stony Plain, visit www.stonyplain.com/japan.
For more information, contact:
Stephanie Barsby Boisvert
Corporate Communications Officer
Town of Stony Plain