Applications are being accepted by the Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association for teens wishing to participate in the summer exchange program.

The program has been a valued experience by hundreds of teens during its 33-year history. A participant needs to be a high school student 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 from 7 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 16., at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce conference room, 777 Peters Ave.

The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association is a City of Pleasanton Chartered Organization with a mission to promote goodwill and friendship between the communities of Pleasanton and Tulancingo.

The exchange program offers the 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 an introduction to another culture and a greater understanding and command of the Spanish language. It is the only program of its kind with the only cost being roundtrip airfare to Mexico.

For more information about the program, check the website at ptsca.org or contact Debbie Glenn, Student Exchange Coordinator, at: glennk@comcast.net.