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Mar 29

International March Madness

Posted on March 29, 2016 at 1:58 PM by Communications Department

Newport News Hosts 54 Visitors from Germany and Japan Over the last three weeks,

Newport News has had special visitors from our Sister Cities of Greifswald, Germany and Neyagawa, Japan. Sister Cities of Newport News, a nonprofit organization that links citizens and municipalities with foreign communities, is responsible for nurturing these long-term community3-30 sister cities 2_SC partnerships with the help of its active members. All guests were hosted with local families or “Homestay Hosts” and gained valuable insight on just how American families live, eat, travel and enjoy free-time. For most delegates, it was their first visit to the United States. 

The itineraries for the international travelers were full with things to do in Newport News.Visitors participated in special events including Sister Cities’ 9th Annual GlobalBee International Quiz - a team competition open to area high schools, college and civic teams that tests knowledge of Geography, International Affairs, Sports and Current Events; a jazz concert featuring CNU’s Jazz Ensemble; and even a special “Delegation Celebration” dinner at the Virginia Living Museum for the combined groups that brought the delegates face to face with Canon Virginia’s CEO, Toru Nishizawa, Mayor Price, and several City Council members. Outside of the special events, the international delegates learned about our City with visits to local schools, firehouses, and area
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 museums including Endview and Lee Hall. The German high school students spent the week shadowing students at Menchville, Warwick, Woodside and Peninsula Catholic high schools.

Local citizens are encouraged to get involved and travel to Newport News’ Sister Cities to experience first-hand life in another culture. Sister Cities is a reciprocal exchange program and the organization is now forming outgoing delegations to Greifswald, Germany 
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this May and to Japan over the 2016 
Thanksgiving holiday. Participants pay their own air travel but are provided with host-family housing, meals and tours making traveling as a “citizen delegate” a unique and affordable experience. Please visit www.sistercities-nn.com for more information about exchanges and hosting opportunities.