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Junior Chamber International

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International Cooperation and Twinning

One simple exchange of information is all that the cooperation requires. Similarity of interests and problems which lead the chapters to cooperate." This guide is designed to assist those chapters interested in establishing a twinning (sister-chapter) relationship. The committee's initial task should be to draw up a plan of action. chapter twinning is easier now than ever before. its people. Selection The committee should compile a list of likely sister chapters and. A sister-city relationship between the two local communities. This will assist you in adopting the correct approach when dealing with your prospective partners. and different elements can determine this selection: 1. Background Information When your chapter decides to become associated with a chapter in another country. Identify your own objectives. 2. Contact . There are many ways of selecting a sister chapter. These activities enable chapters to make contacts with foreign chapters which may eventually twin in the future. and budget. This form of international cooperation does not require regular visits. Twinning usually starts with correspondence between two chapters. once it has decided to participate in a twinning program: Twinning Committee Begin by forming a committee composed of members who represent your own community and who are experienced members of the chapter. 4. What Is Twinning? How to Approach Twinning Here are some suggested steps which your chapter could take. following discussion and analysis of each. For this reason. The proper selection is important to a successful relationship. 3. The objective is to exchange personal visits. taking into account the financial and membership resources of the chapter. Tackle twinning as any other project. conduct thorough background research on that country. Economic and trade interests between members of the chapters. and its customs. time scale. The motivation to twin originates from the members in two chapters who wish to establish a mutual understanding and friendship. determine those which seem most promising. ideas. projects and culture.A relationship instituted between two Junior Chamber chapters in different countries is usually referred to as "twinning. distance is no longer an obstacle. With modern communication and transportation systems. and the link lasts for as long as the two chapters wish. Friendship between two or more members who lead their chapters to twinning.

Twinning should be encouraged between the cities of chapters which already have their own twinning arrangements at local government level. You save yourself extra steps by writing directly to the chapter if you already have the address. There may be grounds for twinning between chapters in cities which have much in common. . One person should be appointed within each chapter to see that the links are maintained. but being able to communicate easily is important. plan of action. It is very important for both chapters to understand each other's projects and activities in order for each to benefit from the cooperation. and economic background when making your selection. Ideally. Language It is not necessary for the potential twinning chapter to speak your language. Communication Once a contact has been established. For more information. Common Interests and Proximity A high degree of compatibility should exist between the twinning partners. check with your local government office. your chapter should consider such important factors as proximity. for example. interests. as they may be able to help by providing you with information. Requirements When choosing a potential sister chapter. continuity is very important. similarity of background. Then write to a particular national organization and explain why you are interested in its country. as correspondence on common interests is the most important base of your activities with your twinned chapter. where both cities are country or regional towns in industrial areas or where both are ports. request to be referred to a suitable chapter. you should search for another candidate. A good way to get well acquainted with members of a foreign chapter is to attend a JCI conference or World Congress. communicate first with your national organization secretariat or officers in charge of international affairs. particularly regarding change of officers. language and an indication of genuine willingness on the other's part to become a "sister" to your chapter. chapter directory.When making inquires about twinning possibilities. cultural. Background Weigh the historical. A regular channel of communication must then be set up by exchange of newsletters. Consider such factors as cost and ease of travel when determining ideal proximity. the chapters should be similar in size of membership and have some project aims or objectives in common. These events present many opportunities to meet representatives from foreign chapters. photographs. Consider the availability of translation services for correspondence and verbal interpreters for visitors. If your interests do not correspond. and information.

Such an exchange of information on . Post-Twinning Ideally each chapter should appoint an officer to oversee and be responsible for the twinning project. An officer should advise both national organizations of the successful completion of the twinning agreement. perhaps on a "pen-pal" basis. JCI Area Conferences or World Congresses are good places to conduct a twinning agreement ceremony under the auspices of chapter presidents. invite officers of each national organization to attend. Exchange visits between the two chapters are ideal during the pre-twining mutual assessment period in conjunction with a regular exchange of newsletters and information.Willingness If any of the requirements were to be singled out. Encourage an informal exchange of letters between individual members of twinned chapters and also between their children. national officers and the JCI President. A sample twinning agreement is on the last page of this brochure. During that period. it will be possible to resolve any problems regarding incompatibility without embarrassment. An informal social event or formal reception should follow the twinning ceremony. A formal ceremony should take place. a twinning agreement should be signed. In addition. Before Twinning Both chapters-at the commencement of negotiations should agree upon a pre-twinning mutual assessment period. a genuine willingness on the part of your twinning chapter to participate openly and enthusiastically would be paramount. and both chapters can either proceed to active twinning or withdraw. Twinning Ceremony Once a firm twinning relationship is arranged. Goodwill and a mutual desire to become friends will surmount most obstacles. in order to set a target date for twinning. attended by local civic leaders and the media. Both chapters should exchange official twinning documents. You may prepare your own or request twinning certificates from the JCI Headquarters. as well as gifts typical to each chapter's land or region.

This exchange engenders positive change through better understanding and cooperation. This form of contact can be maintained for long periods of time without any official visits. problems. Such events allow for formal discussions between sister chapters in order to evaluate their relationship and plan future joint projects. Such contacts help to form a permanent bond between chapters and create continuity of contact. Any chapter twinned with several others in a multi-twinning should meet periodically. Keep in mind that although many involve travel. Joint projects and exchanges magnify the benefits of fellowship through twinning. coins. there are some in this guide that do not. Encourage exchange on a personal level by correspondence. currency. and successes of others. although frequent visits may be impractical due to the distances involved. Arrange to provide home hospitality. Student Exchange Program . stamps. Chapters can use twinning to learn more about the culture. Examples of Activities • Exchanging flags. local publications. Hold a general meeting within the chapter to view information exchanged such as photographs and videotapes. videotapes. Messages of Greetings Tape Exchange Exchange formal pre-recorded messages on special occasions if exchange visits are not possible. and greeting cards • Organizing an "international night" locally • Extending congratulations to foreign embassies on their national holidays • Establishing an international library • Creating a used clothing or toy collection • Mailing booklets about your country to the twinning chapter • Establishing a collection of dolls in the traditional costumes of the countries. The meeting can be primarily a social gathering. but might include a business session with a pre-established theme.hobbies. Continually recognize that twinning is the mutual exchange of ideas and information requiring contributions from all parties. Delegates from twinned chapters should take advantage of the opportunity to meet at JCI conferences and congresses. There are a variety of activities and programs that chapters can conduct. jobs. Exchange Visits Members of twinned chapters should make periodic exchange visits. and families could result in a long-term friendship continuing after retirement from Junior Chamber. photographs.

Twinning is a golden opportunity to establish new business contacts between countries and could be of great interest to members in your chapter who wish to initiate or facilitate business transactions with a foreign country. and business leaders for sponsorship. etc. Such joint programs can include providing medical supplies. community leaders. Deal with the educational department. Trade Exchange Businesses need contacts. Exchange Programs Arrange with your sister chapter to exchange programs and successful local or contact our Area Director for Development and Growth for assistance and advice. sponsoring child-survival programs. or establishing trade schools in developing countries. This involves hosting students from your sister chapter's community for a period of time and vice versa. the type of program and its objectives. SPECIMEN Junior Chamber International Twinning Agreement Acting on the clause from Junior Chamber Creed . installing water pumps. and linguistic barriers. local school authorities. Send a copy of the Awards scrapbook of your best projects to your sister chapter and share valuable program ideas. how the program will be financed. This cooperation between sister chapters can be done in collaboration with organizations such as UNICEF . “…The brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations…” we pledge to build fraternal ties and international goodwill by overcoming national. Choose the age group.jci. Direct Aid and International Programs These programs address a specific need or request from the sister chapter. . cultural. JCI For more information. please visit our website: www. the length of stay.for example.The student exchange program is a more sophisticated program which requires community assistance.

the benefit of international collaboration. as we work toward the shared goals of developing leaders and fostering global understanding. The objective of this agreement is to exchange views and experiences so that we can offer our members. and our communities. We are here today to witness the signing of this Twinning Agreement. Between and On this of _ __ in the year __ _ by: _____________________________ by:___________________________ Chapter Representative Chapter Representative Witnesses by: Witnessed by:____________________ .