Student Exchange

smiling students with lei and with host in Hawaii and Japan

Every other year, we send two female delegates to Japan as exchange students in compliance with a resolution adopted during the Third World Buddhist Women’s Convention held in Honolulu in June 1967. The stated aim of the resolution was “nurturing future leaders for Jodo Shinshu women’s activities through exposure to Buddhist culture in Japan, oriental culture and youth movement and as a mission of good will.”

In the years we don’t send delegates to Japan, we host Japanese delegates in Hawaii.

Student Exchange Program Poster (click here)

Seeking Delegates for the 2021 Exchange Program

What: Student Exchange Program to Japan
When: Late July to early August 2021 (14 days)
Who: Two Hawaii women, ages 17–23 years old
Why: Be exposed to Buddhist and Asian culture; Be a missionary of good will

How to Apply

  1. Print APPLICATION FOR BWA SE (click here) (or obtain from temple offices).
  2. Print also BWA SE Information (click here).
  3. Submit completed application no later than September 30, to Student Exchange Committee Chairperson, Karen Kikukawa by email (contact HQ for information)  or
    Submit completed application no later than September 30, 2020 to:
    BWA Student Exchange Committee Chairperson
    Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii
    Federation of Buddhist Women’s Associations
    1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813

Applications must be received at the address above by September 30, 2020.

If you have any questions, call 808-522-9200 or contact a BWA member.

Additional Student Exchange-related Resources