80 Young Cultural Ambassadors to Japan


Representing India in Japan for the next 10 days are the 80 high-potential youth from pan-India selected under the prestigious JENESYS2018 scholarship – short-term program, funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan. The prestigious program is facilitated by AFS Intercultural Programs India.

The young cultural ambassadors will further the objectives of the program i.e. to promote mutual trust and understanding among the two countries, build a basis for future friendship, cooperation and encourage an understanding of Japan’s economics, society, history, diverse culture, politics and diplomatic relations.

JENESYS 2018 Group

Selected after a multi-layered and competitive selection process, the participants were also exposed to an engaging orientation before their departure. The orientation prepared them on how to make the best of the next 10 days of exchange and turn it into a lifelong cultural relationship. Participants were also made aware of how their journey on the exchange program can help them. Orientation included sessions by experts such as:

  • Address by Embassy of Japan Official – Mr. Akira Inoue, Second Secretary, Embassy of Japan, New Delhi
  • Vijay Michihito Batra, one of the most sought after and trusted names in Motivational Speaker, especially for leadership, who has inspired and engaged with over 200,000 individuals. He is an expert in Japanese Culture and Traditions
  • Medhavi Arora – AFS JENESYS participant on year-long program in 2010. Currently, a Journalist at BBC, India

On 5thDecemberr, participants had their a Post-Arrival Orientation in Japan conducted by AFS Japan, and thereafter, will move to the local cities and experience Japanese Culture and Technology through immersive cultural exchange programs and home-stay held in various places.

Themes Number of


Sports Exchange (Hockey) 20 Okuizumo Town, Shimane Prefecture
Environmental Technology Exchange 20 Fukuoka Prefecture, Miyazaki Prefecture, Oita Prefecture etc
Science and Technology Exchange 20 Aichi Prefecture, Shimane Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture etc.
Japanese Communication and Cultural Exchange 20 Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture etc.

About JENESYS Program

JENESYS stands for “Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths” and is a people-to-people exchange program between Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

About AFS

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

 For more information —

Please get in touch with Aadil Fahimat or Nishita Mehtaat or call at (+91-997-1148-406) or (+91-858-692-5131) for event photos and AFS India logo for publication.

Be part of the #AFSeffect, visit us at


For more information —

Please get in touch with Aadil Fahim at or Nishita Mehta at or call at (+91-997-1148-406) or (+91-858-692-5131) for event photos and AFS India logo for publication.

Be part of the #AFSeffect, visit us at

AFS Intercultural Programs India
Anand Bhawan, 12, Hailey Road,
New Delhi – 110001, India