5th Grade Cultural Exchange

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In the summer after the completion of 5th grade, Richmond students have the opportunity to travel on either a ten day trip to the Kansai area or Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. These cultural exchanges are culminating experiences for both students and parents, after six years of hard work of being immersed in the Japanese language.

The main objectives of the 5th Grade Japanese Cultural Exchange are:

  • To provide students with an authentic cultural experience.
  • To allow students to use their language skills and cultural knowledge.
  • To provide a home stay experience.
  • To have a culminating experience for six years of learning Japanese.

Update regarding the 2022 exchange

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we are writing to let you know that the Oya No Kai executive committee, with the support of the fifth grade trip planning team, has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2022 exchange to Japan.

As you can well imagine, this decision was not made lightly. So many people – parents, teachers, committee volunteers, ONK members, and of course, our children – have worked so hard to make this trip possible. We knew it was an uphill battle going in, and we truly hoped we could pull it off. We hope you understand that we took many, many factors into consideration, which we’ve touched on below.

We understand that you may have many questions and may want to talk about the decision, so we have scheduled a Q&A session for Thursday, February 10 at 6:30 pm via Zoom. This meeting will be recorded, and your attendance is not mandatory. Please email 5gculturalexchange@oyanokai.org if you are missing the Zoom details.

Request Access to the 2022 Email List

Please use provide your contact information via this form, and we will add you to the email list! You’ll also have the opportunity to let us know if you are interested in any volunteer activities to support the trip.

2022 Trip App

Please use the 2022 Trip App to sign your Letter of Intent and pay deposits. The Letter of Intent and first deposit are due by October 15, 2021. You will need to create an account to access the app.

Portland Public Schools does not fund, sponsor, or endorse this travel study program. The District is not responsible for conducting or supervising this trip. Portland Public School employees who participate in travel study programs are not acting in their capacity as District employees and do so at their own risk. Students participating in travel study programs do so at their own risk.