As the liaison office for the 2024 Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), The Japan-America Society of Georgia (JASG) is able to share a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for FOUR 10/11-year-old students (two boys and two girls) and one chaperone from the state of Georgia through this fully funded exchange program in Fukuoka, Japan (Atlanta’s Sister City). This unique cultural exchange program promoting peace and understanding among kids from all over the world, is back in-person and features a 1-week summer camp and a 1-week homestay with a Japanese host family in July 2024.
Applications for the 2024 program are due on Friday, February 9, 2024 to the JASG by 5:00pm that day.
Bridge Club members are eligible to become an APCC Peace Ambassadors (PA) and return to Fukuoka, Japan for a continuation of cultural exchange among the different cultures of the world.
In order to achieve these goals, the BRIDGE CLUB reaches out beyond the limits of the APCC to form a human network around the world through its local BC activities. After returning to their own countries, the Peace Ambassadors launch themselves into BC activities. Each BC has their own activities depending on local needs. For example, humanitarian assistance, cultural exchange, intercultural education and training for JAs etc. The BC also acts as an alumni association for former participants of the APCC enabling them to keep in touch and sustain their friendships throughout the world.
- Foster leaders with a global perspective who will shape the world in the future
- Build a network of "Global Citizens" free from religious, political, and economic restrictions
- Expand the network across the world, establish a circle of friendship and work towards creating a peaceful society.
Atlanta (USA), Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii (USA), Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Laos Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, N. Mariana, Neal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Oakland (USA), Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Peru, Philippines, Rusia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, ahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.
The Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka (APCC) was created as a commemorative event of the 1989 Asian-Pacific Exposition, in celebration of Fukuoka City’s 100th anniversary. The APCC has been held annually since 1989 with the objectives of: 1) generating appreciation for the culture of other nations and regions; 2) promoting mutual understanding and friendship; 3) nurturing international awareness in the region through young people. The theme of the conference is “We are the BRIDGE: We connect dreams around the world" and since its foundation, the APCC has developed from a simple international exchange event into an international educational program involving a number of cities and schools to nurture OMOIYARI (caring, considerate & compassionate) global citizens.
For more information on this year’s conference or if you know of any elementary students who would be interested in applying in future years, please contact the JASG at 404-842-1400 or Admin@JASGeorgia.org. For more information about the APCC, please visit www.apcc.gr.jp.
The BRIDGE CLUB (BC) began in 1998 as part of the preparations for the 10th APCC where former Junior Ambassadors (JAs) were invited back to Fukuoka as Peace Ambassadors (PA) and a worldwide network of APCC participants was established. Members of the BC then went back to their own countries and regions where many of them started their own BRIDGE CLUBs and began to hold regular meetings to continue promoting peace and understanding by developing active global citizens.. . For more information about the Bridge Club, please visit www.bcio.org.