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Midland City Hall -  333 W. Ellsworth St.  Midland, MI 48640  Phone: 989-837-3300

Sister City Relationship - Midland-Handa Annual Student Exchange

What's It All About?

Every year, the cities of Handa, Japan, and Midland, Michigan take part in an exchange of high school students. During odd-numbered years, Midland sends students to Handa; during even-numbered years, Handa students visit Midland.  The purpose of the exchange is to build friendships between sister cities, and to provide an opportunity for youth to experience a different culture.

The Experience of a Lifetime:   Watch this video to get a taste of this cross-cultural experience: SisterCity-PhotoStory.wmv

2014 Host Family Recruitment: The Midland-Handa Sister City Student Exchange Committee is seeking Midland families that are interested in hosting a visiting teen from Handa during the summer of 2014. Families are asked to host a student for one week during his/her stay in Midland to provide lodging, meals, and local transportation. Families are also invited to participate in several recreational and cultural events for all visitors and their host families during the students' three-week visit. Students will visit Midland between approximately July 23-August 12 (dates not yet confirmed).

Applications: Download an information and application packet for more details and an application form. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, April 25, and may be delivered to Midland City Hall, attn: Libby Richart, 333 W. Ellsworth St., Midland, MI 48640.


Exchange students enjoying their escapades