BRIDGE Challenge Trip

BRIDGE Challenge Trip

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What is BRIDGE Challenge Trip?

"BRIDGE Challenge Trip" is an exchange program for Fukuoka children between the 5th grade of elementary school and the 3rd grade of high school held every spring. Each delegation of 18 children (15 children and 3 adult Chaperons) visits a country or region and experiences various cross-cultural activities through homestays, school visits, cultural exchanges, etc. Prior to the trip to the host country, participants will have several pre-departure training sessions in preparation for the exchange program in that country.

★APCC terminology introduction★
Challenge Trip members: 5th grade elementary school students to 3rd year high school students selected through open recruitment.
Challenge Trip Chaperons: adults who lead approximately 15 group members of a delegation overseas and supports the children in their challenges.

Features of Challenge Trip

★A program that challenges you to experience cross-cultural experiences, rather than just a sightseeing trip.
★Experience homestay for about 4 nights at the destination
★Interaction with local children through school visits, social gatherings, etc.
★There will be several training sessions prior to the trip so that you don't have to worry about it.
★Since the contact offices in the countries to be visited are liaison offices of the APCC, which have a long experience to work with us, so you can be sure that you will be in good hands.

Activities Overview

Training for members
Before departing for the host country, the participants will learn about the host country and will receive important training to ensure a safe and secure trip. In addition, upon their return, participants summarize their experiences and prepare a presentation for the debriefing session.
Training for Chaperons
The Chaperons who support the participants meet their challenges are volunteers. Prior to departure, there will be three training sessions to provide them with knowledge about the trip and how they can support the children.
Participants fly from Fukuoka Airport to their respective destinations. At this moment, we can see the high expectations and a little bit of nervousness on the children's faces. Have a safe and pleasant trip!
Visit to schools and embassies
Participants will increase their understanding of local society by visiting local schools, embassies, etc. in the host country.
With local children
There will be opportunities to interact with children during school visits and homestay programs. This is a great opportunity for you to communicate with them.
With host family
Each participant lives with a host family in the destination country. This allows them to experience authentic local food and life.
With friends
As members of the same delegation, experiencing the program together from training to returning home, they have become friends who will continue to grow together.
Debriefing session
The program concludes with participants presenting what they have learned and experienced to other delegates, parents and the public.

Past dispatch results

[Dispatch business year][Number of groups][Country/region of dispatch]【Number of participants】
31st Summer
4Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)Total of 72 people
Chaperons: 12 people
Members: 60 people
31st Spring
8South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Cambodia, Ipoh (Malaysia), Atlanta (USA)Total 141 people
Chaperons: 24 people
Members: 117 people
30th Spring
8Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Cambodia, Ipoh City (Malaysia), Bordeaux City (France)144 people in total
Chaperons: 24 people
Members: 120 people
29th Spring
8South Korea, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Maldives, Cambodia, Ipoh City (Malaysia), Atlanta City (USA)140 people in total
Chaperons: 23 people
Members: 117 people
28th Summer
5Indonesia, Vietnam, New Caledonia, Tonga, Dalian (China)Total of 84 people
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 69 people
28th Spring
7China, Singapore, Bhutan, Tahiti, Maldives, Cambodia, Ipoh City (Malaysia)Total 126 people
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 105 people
27th Summer
5Thailand, Malaysia, India, Mongolia, Australia85 people in total
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 70 people
27th Spring
9South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brunei, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Palau, MaldivesTotal 131 people
Chaperons: 27 people
Members: 158 people
26th Summer
4Hong Kong, Vietnam, Fiji, Maldives70 people in total
Chaperons: 12 people
Members: 58 people
26th Spring
7Philippines, Bhutan, Brunei, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Ipoh City (Malaysia), Atlanta City (Amelia)Total 115 people
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 94 people
25th Summer
2Australia/CambodiaTotal of 34 people
Chaperons: 6 people
Members: 28 people
25th Spring
7Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, Tonga, Maldives, Ipoh City (Malaysia)Total 126 people
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 105 people
24th Spring
7Korea, Indonesia, Bhutan, Brunei, Australia, Hawaii, MaldivesTotal 126 people
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 105 people
23rd Spring
7Singapore, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, New Caledonia, MaldivesTotal 125 people
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 104 people
22nd Spring
5Thailand, Bhutan, Australia, Hawaii, MaldivesTotal of 87 people
Chaperons: 14 people
Members: 73 people
21st Spring
7South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Palau, Maldives, Cambodia123 people in total
Chaperons: 21 people
Members: 102 people
20th Spring
10China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Bhutan, India, Mongolia, Australia, Hawaii, VanuatuTotal 176 people
Chaperons: 30 people
Members: 146 people
19th Spring
5Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Mongolia, Australia90 people in total
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 75 people
18th Spring
5Bhutan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Tahiti, Guangzhou (China)89 people in total
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 74 people
17th Spring
5South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, New ZealandTotal of 87 people
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 87 people
16th Spring
5Bangladesh, New Zealand, Guam, Tahiti, Maldives91 people in total
Chaperons: 15 people
Members: 76 people
15th Spring
3Mongolia, New Zealand, Busan City (South Korea)Total of 59 people
Chaperons: 10 people
Members: 49 people
14th Spring
6China, Mongolia, New Zealand, Guam, Maldives, Ipoh City (Malaysia)Total 134 people
Chaperons: 24 people
Members: 110 people
13th Spring
6Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Myanmar, MaldivesTotal 112 people
Chaperons: 26 people
Members: 36 people
7th Spring
4Malaysia, Fiji, Myanmar, Maldives82 people in total
Chaperons: 10 people
Members: 72 people
6th Spring
8China, Thailand, Malaysia, Mongolia, Australia, Fiji, Guam, Maldives
5th Spring
7Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia, Australia, Hawaii
4th Spring
8China, Thailand, Malaysia, Bhutan, Hawaii, Fiji, Guam, Maldives
3rd Spring
9Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Mongolia, Australia, Hawaii, Micronesia, New Caledonia
2nd Spring
11China, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Mongolia, Australia, Hawaii, Palau, Guam, Northern Mariana, Maldives
1st Spring
10China, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Palau, Micronesia, Tahiti

Flow of dispatch
(Scheduled to be dispatched in spring 2024)

Late October to late November 2023Recruiting members/Chaperons
Late DecemberLate December
Sunday, January 21, 2024General training
Sunday, February 4thTraining by delegation
February 23rd (holiday/Friday) to 24th (Saturday)Overnight training (1 night, 2 days)
Sunday, March 10thUnity ceremony
Late March to early AprilDispatch (Departure - Return: approx. 1 week)
Sunday, April 14thTraining by delegation
Sunday, April 28thDebriefing session

Regarding recruitment of Challenge Trip members and Chaperons

Recruitment for members and leaders to be dispatched in spring 2024 has closed.
Recruitment for spring 2025 is scheduled to start around fall 2024!




Please tell me the themes of the assignments for the Challenge Trip application.


The content of the assignments varies depending on the year, but for reference, the assignments for the Spring 2024 dispatch are as follows.
【Elementary and junior high school students】
①Why did you decide to apply for Challenge Trip?
②What do you want to try in your destination?
③What kind of person do you want to be in the future?
【High school students】
①What do you want to try in your destination?
②What is the one thing about yourself that is better than others?
③What role do you think you can play in the delegation, which has members ranging from elementary school to high school students?


How much does it cost to participate in the Challenge Trip?


Costs vary depending on the destination. Please check the application guidelines as they are listed there.


I'm thinking of applying for the challenge trip with my friends, brothers and sisters, but can we be in the same delegation?


We are very sorry, but it is not possible to participate in the same delegation.