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.

Seeking Delegates for the 2017 Exchange Program

What: Student Exchange Program to Japan
When: Late July to early August 2017 (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 student exchange app Jan 2017 (or obtain from temple offices). Click here for Fact Sheet Jan 2017
  2. Submit completed application no later than October 31, 2016 to:
    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 October 31, 2016.

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

Additional Student Exchange-related Resources