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Young studes invited to Japan as exchange student ambassadors

by Jennifer Catan-Tilos

Dumaguete City (7 December) -- Young students of Negros Oriental are invited to a 10-day Visit to Japan as part of the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme.

They are invited as Student Ambassadors and Supervisors by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in conjunction with the Japan International Cultural Center (JICC) of the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE.

The first batch will leave from May 13 to 22, 2008 while the second batch on May 20-29, 2007.

The JENESYS Programme is funded by the Japanese Government and in partnership with the ASEAN Secretariat, aims to deepen understanding of the different facets of the Japanese society including politics, diplomacy, economics and culture and to form the basis of future vision and construct firm solidarity among Asian countries which will promote mutual understanding of the future generation of ASEAN and East Asia Summit member countries.

To qualify for the JENESYS Programme of student ambassadors, applicants must be Filipino, single, must be between 16 to 18 years old, on or before April 1, 2008 and of good moral character.

He/she must also be currently enrolled in a college or university with a Graded Weight Average (GWA) of 2.25 or 85% equivalent, with no failing marks in the preceding semester and must be physically and mentally fit to travel.

Applicants must be a first time traveler to Japan and or must not have been a grantee or recipient of any NYC funded international travel or Japanese Government grant.

He/she must be knowledgeable of the history, geography, culture and arts, and the current issues on the Philippines, and fairly knowledgeable in those of Japan and other East Asian countries.

He/she must be an officer or an active member of a youth organization for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of application.

Applicants must also be willing to be an active NYC volunteer after the program to be covered by an appropriate Memorandum of Agreement and to continue to promote the Learning about Japan and the Japanese culture gained from the JENESYS Programme.

Area representation would be based on the place of the school, college, or university enrolled in.

Those interested to apply for the Student Ambassadors programme must submit the following requirements:

Two (2) copies of the Application Form with passport-sized pictures with white background attached to each form (all original, no scanned pictures); two (2) copies of resume, not more than three (3) pages.

Two (2) copies of Certificate of Good Moral Character, issued by the school, college or university (1 original and 1 photocopy); two (2) copies of certified true copy of grades; two (2) copies of Police or NBI clearance; four (4) copies of passport-sized pictures (not scanned pictures) and completed NYC Volunteers' application form.

Applicants may submit to Ms Marielou A. Chua of the JENESYS Programme Secretariat of the National Youth Commission, 4th floor, Bookman Building, 373 Quezon Ave., Quezon City.

Deadline for submission of application forms is not later than 5:00 o' clock in the afternoon of December 31, 2007. For submission through mail, the Secretariat should receive the application forms and requirements post marked before January 1, 2008, including those submitted to the Area Offices.

Application forms with incomplete requirements shall automatically be disqualified.

All transportation expenses will be paid for by the organizer, subject to submission of official receipts. For details and application forms, please go to the NYC website or visit the Embassy of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). (PIA/JCT) [top]

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