Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1. How do I become a student ambassador to Japan or Germany?
A1. First, print-out & fill-out an application. Then, prepare a typed essay (under 500 words, please) on "Why I Want to be a Student Ambassador." Last, attain Three References (At least two from School Teachers or Counselors).
Q2. How do I sign-up to host a student from Japan and/or Germany?
A2. If you are interested in hosting, please fill out an application and send an email to Decatur Sister Cities at firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your interest. Hosting depends on availability and various background references. Preference is given to friends of families who have hosted before. Also, preference for outbound students to Germany/Japan is given to families who have previously hosted.
Q3. Do I need a passport to an ambassador?
A3. Yes. You will need to obtain a valid US Passport to travel outside the USA. We can provide further advice and assistance if needed.
Q4. Do I need to speak Japanese/German?
A4. No, not at all! But you will need to be a native speaker of English and have the ability to communicate with your hands just in case!
Q5. How is the trip paid for?
A5. Each trip's price depends on airfare at the time of purchase. We may offer scholarships. However, most trips are 100% funded by the students and students' families. These costs include airfare, train travel, approx 2 meals daily, and souvenirs. Our board members may also help prepare fund raisers at your request.
Q6. What kind of people will be hosting me (my son/daughter)?
A6. Each host family is screened and in most cases has hosted with us before. You will also be put in contact with your host family (or student, if you are hosting) a few months prior to departure via a packet with written letters, pictures, and contact information.
Q6. What are you looking for in an ambassador?
A6. Click here to see our Rubric for ambassador candidates.