Applications are being accepted by the Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association for teens wishing to participate in the summer exchange program. This program has been a valued experience by hundreds of teens during its 33-year history. Participants need to be high school students with the equivalent of 2 years of high school Spanish. It is a reciprocal program with students from Pleasanton being hosted in Tulancingo homes for three weeks, then all students traveling together to be hosted in Pleasanton homes.

Informational sessions for parents and students are scheduled at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce conference room, 777 Peters Ave., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, both from 7 to 8 p.m.

The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is a City of Pleasanton Chartered Organization with a mission statement to promote goodwill and friendship between the two communities. The exchange program offers students an opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture in a safe family home environment. Students and their parents have noted that upon returning they have increased self-esteem, self-confidence and maturity, as well as having had the introduction to another culture, and a greater understanding and command of the Spanish language. Lifelong friendships formed during the exchange are valued above all. It is the only program of its kind, with the only cost being the roundtrip airfare to Mexico.

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