Exchange Program Information

Thank you for your interest in the High School Student Exchange Program for the Sister City of Garden Grove!
Garden Grove has had a Sister City relationship with Anyang, Republic of South Korea, since 1987. The primary goal of the Sister City Association is to further the knowledge and understanding between the people of Garden Grove and Anyang. Anyang is a modern city of over 640,000 people, just southwest of Seoul.

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The High School Student Exchange Program, which started in 1991, is our major activity. In January of each year, Sister City Asscoation of Garden Grove (SCAGG) welcomes high school students from Anyang, South Korea, for about one week to visit local sites and experience American culture. We highly encourage you and your family to host a student from South Korea. This will give you exposure to the Korean culture and build lasting relationships with our friends overseas.

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This year we will again sponsor up to ten high school juniors and seniors who reside in the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) boundries to travel to Anyang, South Korea, and live with a Korean host family during Spring Break to visit Korean sites and experience South Korean culture. Student selection is based upon a completed Sister City application which will be used to screen applicants for an interview with Sister City members. The decisions of the Sister City Association are final.

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Due to travel to the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, only U.S. citizens may travel with Sister City of Garden Grove. You must be able to obtain a U.S. passport several months prior to departure. Any students whose passport expires six (6) months prior to the first day of the trip must have a renewed passport by the end of February, prior to the trip.

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Completed applications are due Thursday, October 26th 2017. If selected for an interview you will be notified of your selection via email by Nov 18th . Interviews will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017. After students have been selected for the trip and prior to their departure to South Korea, there will be several mandatory meetings for students and their parents or guardians. The first of these meetings will be Dec 13th at 7pm. Students will travel with a chaperone from Sister City of Garden Grove at all times, when not with their host family, and will be living and eating in the homes of Anyang families. The tentative dates for the trip coincide with GGUSD Spring Break (March 29 – 7, 2018). Students will be missing two days of school and it is their responsibility to clear their absences with their school and teachers. SCAGG is NOT affiliated with GGUSD and cannot clear absences.

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The students’ itinerary while in Korea is designed and conducted by the City of Anyang. While in Anyang, our students are likely to meet many of the city officials and staff of Anyang. They will carry with them the official greetings of the City of Garden Grove and our Sister City Association.

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Each student will receive a scholarship of $500 to defray airline ticket expenses. Round-trip air fare in the spring is approximately $1,200. Your share of the cost of the airfare is due by the end of February. Students must be able to obtain a U.S. passport by February, which cost approximately $100. All students selected for the trip MUST purchase an overseas medical insurance policy through SCAGG (information will be provided at the mandatory meetings prior to travel). The cost of such policies are typically about $20.

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It is expected that most parents and students will have questions about this opportunity. Please contact representatives from the Sister City Association of Garden Grove or your school counselors for more information.

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Sister City Exchange Program Contacts:
Mrs. Tisha Voeller, Program Chairperson (714) 369-2334 / e-mail: ggsistercityexchange@gmail.com