2017 Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that Sophie Parr from Salem High School is the winner of this year’s scholarship!

Looking for Hosts!

The Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange is looking for host families for the Japanese Exchange Students coming Summer, 2017. Would you like to be a part of this exciting program? You’ll expand your cultural horizons and provide a home base and a family away from home for an Exchange student’s week-long educational adventure!

The Students will be here July 23-31, 2017. See what it takes to be a host family (its a lot easier and more rewarding than you might expect!)

If you know someone who might want to host a student, please show them this flyer!

Justin, Shuma, and Mikito at the Salem Pirate Festival, 2014

Thayer Award

We are delighted to announce that in October, 2016, the Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange was awarded the John E. Thayer, III Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Exchange between the United States and Japan given by The Japan society of Boston. This prestigious award represents the incredible partnership and the cross-cultural understanding between the people of Ōta City, Tokyo, Japan and Salem, Massachusetts. We have been exchanging school-aged children and adults continuously for 25 years while creating rewarding and lasting friendships.

Erin Dolan, Keiko Thayer and Peter Dolan

On behalf of the Board, Members, and exchange students of The Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange, I welcome you to our website. The Salem-Ota site is designed to offer the community a snapshot of the Sister-City programs and cultural exchange opportunities that are available to students and adults.

Whether you want to learn more about our travel programs, what happens on homestay visits, or if you want to catch up on our fundraising activities and programs, we hope that this site fulfills your needs.

Present students and their parents, as well as alumni visitors and friends should access the Salem-Ota Cultural Exchange page to stay current with events and activities. To gain information regarding the Sister-City agreement, our Mission, or other background information please visit the About Us page.  For schedules and information during homestay weeks, please see the Adult Visit or Student Visit pages. To catch-up with on-going monthly meetings, the opportunities to donate or participate in fundraisers, or to view photo’s of past events, please explore the Events tab and Photo Gallery.

We hope that you will find everything you need. Thank you for showing an interest in supporting an ongoing relationship with the wonderful people of Ota-Ku, Tokyo.


Erin V. Dolan

S-O C.E. President