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 The 2012 trip participants pose for a group photo

Gifu Kita High School Exchange

Dates: August 19th – September 8th, 2012
Trip leaders: Brett MathesYoko Iwasaki, Lisa Ellenberg
Eligible students:  current 12th grade, rising 11th, or rising 12th grade Japanese language students (must be enrolled in 3rd- or 4th-year or advanced-level classes for the 2012-13 school year)
Number of students: 12-14
Estimated cost: $4,500

During an 19-year exchange between CGS and Gifu Kita High School more than 113 Japanese language students and 14 teachers have traveled to Japan. In turn, 21 teachers and 100 students from Gifu have visited CGS. The exchange trip gives students a unique cultural and language experience. They are expected to dedicate themselves completely to pre- and post-trip study, understanding that their time in Japan is a cultural immersion, not a typical tourist venture. The trip includes 10 days travel in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima followed by an 11-day home stay with a Gifu Kita High School student. CG students will attend classes and activities and participate in the three-day Kitakou-sai 北校祭 Cultural and Sports Day events.