To promote understanding of other cultures through education and exchange programs.

To encourage interest in and a value for different cultures.

To develop a process whereby Garden Grove residents have the means and opportunities to learn about and communicate with people from foreign countries.

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Sister City Association

of Garden Grove


Garden Grove, CA 92842



Share your city,

                share your home.


*2020 INFORMATION: Students from Anyang, Republic of Korea to visit from Saturday, January 11 to Sunday, January 19, 2019

One of the highlights of the exchange program is the visit from Anyang, Republic of Korea high school students to Garden Grove. 

In January, ten students visit our homes, schools, attractions, and City government for one week. The Korean exchange students are hosted by families of our program, participants, and members of the community. While visiting, the exchange students gain a first-hand understanding of American culture, while fostering the relationship between our two cities.

Hosting a student is a very important part of our program and provides experiences vital to the cultural exchange between our countries.


We strongly encourage all of our participants to host. Hosting provides an opportunity for the whole family to participate in the exchange program and is extremely significant to our students that travel to Korea. The bonds created between families and visiting students have lasted well beyond our program, with many families later traveling to Korea to meet again with their visiting students and their real families.  We even have host families who continue to request to host even after their students have completed the trip to Korea. Additionally, we endeavor to match up students who host with the family of the student who visited, thus strengthening the bond between students and families. This is truly a positive experience for your whole family and again is highly recommended to maximize the exchange experience.

Requirements to host include:


  1. Provide a safe and secure environment

  2. Willingness to share your culture and home

  3. Drive student to drop off location each morning (Normally at the community center across the street from Garden Grove High School)

  4. Pick up student each evening at various locations around Garden Grove (and Huntington Beach on Sunday for a beach party)

  5. Provide breakfast each morning and other meals as necessary. (Lunch and most dinners will be arranged by the Sister City Association)

  6. Provide a non-shared bed in a bedroom (a shared same sex bedroom is allowed)

  7. Accessible laundry facilities

  8. Encourage English speaking by you and/or your children

  9. Be flexible with times and locations

  10. Plan a family day with your exchange student on a Saturday

  11. Reliable cell phone to be in contact with Sister City Association representatives in case of an emergency or change of plans

For more information, email us!