Long Beach-Yokkaichi Sister City Association

Trio Cultural Exchange Program

HISTORY
The Trio Exchange Program was established in 1964 at the request of the Mayor Wade and the City Council of Long Beach.  The Port of Long Beach accepted the financial sponsorship and the program received approval of the Mayor and City Council of Yokkaichi. Since the founding of the program, the Long Beach Unified School District has supported the program with teacher and student candidates for selection as “Goodwill Ambassadors”.

The purpose of the program is to allow two students and one teacher from the Long Beach and Yokkaichi schools to visit the reciprocal sister city on alternate years and share their culture, knowledge and experiences with their fellow students and teachers.  Typically, one male and one female student are selected.  Each trio member will spend about 10 days with one family and the final 10 days with another family.

The very first group of Long Beach Delegates was sent to Yokkaichi in 1966.  Upon their return they presented educational programs about their experiences to more than 6,500 students in the Long Beach schools.

See our Testimonials Page for comments from past Trio Members.
 

Past Trio Goodwill Ambassadors

2016-07-28pm - Beach Party (14)

2016 Trio from Yokkaichi, Japan, at the Cabrillo Beach Party.
Students Hiroki Yoshikawa, Akiho Tanaka &Teacher Arisa Nishio.

2015 Trio in Japan (5)

2015 Long Beach Trio in Yokkaichi, Japan.
Kneeling:  Student Michelle Rufino.
Standing (from left): Teacher Joe Aihara and Student Sebastiaan Blom.

2014-06 Yokkaichi (1 of 159) (15)

2014 Yokkaichi Trio at Long Beach Welcome Party.
Students Ayami Yoshikawa, Misako Kitagawa,
 and teacher Megumi Kondo.

2017 TRIO APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
SEE BELOW
!

A Trio (one teacher and two high school students) from Long Beach
will be selected to visit Yokkaichi, Japan in 2017 as goodwill ambassadors representing the City of Long Beach.

Departure Date:  July 20, 2017
Return Date:  August 8, 2017

Applications Deadline Due Date:  February 24, 2017
Interview Date:  March 4, 2017

Please contact:  Yoko Pusavat, Trio Committee Chair, with any questions at
yoko.pusavat@csulb.edu

2017 STUDENT APPLICATION FORMS

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW
The applications can be completed using a computer.  Open the PDF and SAVE it to your computer and RENAME it.  Fill it in using your computer, using the TAB space to move to the next field OR you may print it out and complete by hand.

1
Student Information and Requirements
2.  Student Application
3.  Student Checklist

If you are notified that you have been selected as a Trio Student to Yokkaichi, please download and complete the following the 2 forms:
1.  Child Consent to Travel
2.  Consent & Waiver of Responsibility & Hold Harmless

2017 TEACHER APPLICATION FORMS

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW
The applications can be completed using a computer.  Open the PDF and SAVE it to your computer and RENAME it.  Fill it in using your computer, using the TAB space to move to the next field OR you may print it out and complete by hand.

1. 
Teacher Information and Requirements
2.  Teacher Application
3.  Teacher Checklist

If you are notified that you have been selected as a Trio Teacher to Yokkaichi, please download and complete the following form:
1.  Consent & Waiver of Responsibility & Hold Harmless

2013-07-26 - LB Trio Photos (2)

2013 Long Beach Trio
Teacher Trisha Krug and students John Huynh and Tanya Nguyen
 with Yokkaichi Mayor Toshiyuki Tanaka and Speaker Kazuma Doi.

1968 trio

1968 Long Beach Trio
Teacher Richard Miller, and students Elaine Cole and Ronald Bemis.