Longmont is one of the few cities to have two Sister Cities. In 1991, Chino, Japan became Longmont’s first, followed by Ciudad Guzman, Mexico in 1998.
Each July, Longmont sends student ambassadors to both Sister Cities. Students from these foreign lands then visit Longmont. This year delegates from Japan and Mexico visited from July 30-August 9.
“This exchange provides a unique opportunity for all students to participate in a trilateral exchange with Japan, Mexico, and Longmont. Having the opportunity to learn about each other and different cultures makes this exchange very rewarding not only for the students but also their families,” states city council communications.
This year’s delegations included eight student ambassadors from each country.
Keisuke Irikura is an English teacher in Japan and chaperone, thanked the Longmont City Council for Longmont’s hospitality. Irikura has dreamed of coming to Longmont since his friend was a part of the exchange program 15 years ago. “The people are so sweet that I didn’t feel any cultural barriers between us. Plus having Colorado peaches after taking a bath; nothing like it,” says Irikura.
The students also gave a small presentation to council to introduce themselves, share some of their experiences, and thank Longmont for welcoming them.
A plaque was presented to the Longmont City Council by the representatives of both Chino, Japan and Ciudad Guzman, Mexico.
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