Sister Cities is an all-volunteer membership nonprofit formed in 2002. In addition to Ameca, its newest international partner, it also hosts relationships with five international cities: San Casciano, Italy; Seferihisar, Turkey; San Martin de Hidalgo, Mexico; Mizuho, Japan; and Headford, Ireland.
If interested in learning more about Sister Cities in general, the group hosts member meetings every fourth Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m., at the Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center. The next meeting is scheduled for January 24, in a meeting room in the senior center. All are welcome to sit in and learn about the group before joining.
Currently SCMH is preparing for two of its larger programs in 2019, the Mizuho Morgan Hill Student Exchange Program and the San Casciano Cultural Exchange. Both are based on students traveling between Mizuho, Japan, and Morgan Hill, or San Casciano, Italy, and Morgan Hill, then hosting foreign students. Specifically, the San Casciano Exchange Program is actively searching for Morgan Hill families who are interested in hosting an Italian student in July 2019 for two weeks. If interested in finding out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Host families should have a teen who is entering 10th or 11th grades, approximately 15-17 years old.
Morgan Hill’s Sister City program is modeled on Sister Cities International (www.sistercities.org/), a world-wide organization fostering connections between cities, counties, or states. Connections between cities are usually based on shared similarities that can expand into a more thorough cultural exchange. Most Sister Cities organizations are comprised of volunteers, with the support of their local, elected officials.