Orientation Sessions

Both travelers and host families will get plenty of help in preparing with our orientation sessions, led by students and faculty from the Bowdoin College Japanese Department. Traveler orientation Travelers are required to attend four mandatory orientation sessions. The sessions will be comprised of community building activities, short lectures, role plays, simulations and cultural demonstrations. Think of it as a fun, entertaining, engaging and educational ‘culture’ workshop! Some of ...

Orientation Session #1: Success!

Last weekend, the 2015 Tsugaru Program participants met at Bowdoin College for the first in a 4-part orientation session.  We had an excellent turn out of almost 25 member of this year's travelers to Tsugaru and host families in Maine.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful people ready to meet and greet the people of Tsugaru!  Doumo arigatou gozaimasu! This interactive orientation session included a 'meishi' (business card) interview game, 'ohashi' (chop sticks) relay race and restauran...

The Times Record: New Leaders Managing Exchange Program

The Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program made the front page of the March 30th edition of The Times Record. With new leadership and renewed vigor, we have high hopes for this year's program, as well as future exchanges. Read an excerpt and access the full article below: Calling all with wanderlust, the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program is seeking travelers who are interested in experiencing Japanese culture firsthand through a 10-day homestay in northern Japan this summer. ...

Upcoming Information Sessions

Informational Meetings Dec. 2014
The first two information sessions for the August 2015 trip to Tsugaru are coming right up: Monday Dec. 8th Bath Middle School - Home Ec. Room 6:30~8:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 11th Morse High School - Room 117 6:30~8:30 p.m. If you are interested in learning more from our Bath Coordinator, Anne Hershberger this is your chance.

2014 Travel Program Wrap-up

Travel Group 2014
Summer 2014 included successful and exciting visits, with the Midcoast group visiting Tsugaru in July and a contingent from Tsugaru visiting Bath in early August. Travelogues from the Japan trip were printed in the Times Record Labor Day edition and are available here. Coordinators at both ends of the exchange are moving on. Jacob Derector from Bath is completing his years in Tsugaru as the international coordinator, and Inga Strinz from the Midwest is the new person taking over. At ...

Next Student Travel Meeting Sunday March 2nd

If you or someone you know would be interested in travelling to Japan next Summer with our group -- take this opportunity to find out more about the program. Program Coordinator Cindy Matthews will be leading an informational session Sunday March 2nd at 1:30 at the Bath Area Family YMCA We are traveling to Tsugaru  July 30-August 11  and are still looking for interested travelers!