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San Juan del Sur Update

Operation Smile will start its rollout medical program in February in Nicaragua. Dr. Bill Magee visited our Sister City of San Juan del Sur over Christmas and everyone is excited about the program.  The HOLA Learning Center at Hogar de Fe was visited by the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua in December. The Economic Summit hosted by the Mayor last fall has produced a lot of interest from U.S. and Nicaraguan business people and trips and meetings are being planned for the spring. The teacher exchange from Cape Henry to the HOLA learning center last fall was a success and the internship program will have its first student going in June.

2015 Cultural & Educational Exchange to Japan

The Japanese Education Culture Center, Inc., in cooperation with VBSCA,  is spearheading a  Summer exchange to Japan, including Miyazaki.  Students will get to enjoy a Homestay experience to help them hone their language skills, make new friends and share unique cultural traditions.  VBSCA has provided $2,000 toward Virginia Beach student's expenses.


SCAVB is excited to announce its first major fund raiser in form of the First Annual International Parade of World Fashion & Arts!  The Event will be held at the Sheraton Oceanfront at 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 18th. Festivities will include a Silent Auction, an International Fashion Show featuring beautiful international costumes modeled by SCAVB members and friends, World Art, Dinner and Entertainment. The Evening is a chance for you to put on your formal wear and kick up your heels in grand fashion. Come join us for this "Can't Miss" evening.  Tickets are available for $30 per person or make it a party with friends by purchasing a ...

Miyazaki City Celebrates 90th Anniversary

A Delegation led by SCAVB President, Ruth Fraser and Sister Cities City Council Liaison, Councilman James Wood, accepted Miyazki's invitation to celebrate their 90th Anniversary in May, 2014.  They received a warm welcome at the airport upon arrival with over one-hundred people there to greet them waving Virginia Beach flags and a Banner.  Delegates were treated to a myriad of activites and tours by Mayor Tojiki and his committee, as well as the main celebration at the Kanko Hotel which was a true International Event. Warren Harris, Director and Scott Hall, of the Virginia Beach Office of Economic Development were members of the ...


SCAVB has been honored with the 2013 "Best Overall Program Award" for cities in the 300,000-500,000 population range by  Sister Cities International. This award recognizes the outstanding Celebration of Virginia Beach's 50th Birthday by SCAVB that involved Mayors, Chief Executives and official delegates from North Down Borough, Northern Ireland, Miyazaki City, Japan, Moss, Norway and two potential new Sister Cities, Olongapo, Philippines and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. The event included business and economic summits, tree plantings, dedications at Miyazaki Gardens, youth activities and a Gala Evening of dance and music representative of ...


Tallwood High School's Global Studies Department, under the leadership of SCAVB Secretary/Treasurer, Rebecca Gurley sponsored both inbound and outbound exchanges across the world.  Most notably, with Virginia Beach's Sister City of Moss, Norway where students attended the International Youth Peace Conference August 12-16, 2014 and helped celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Norway's Constitution.   SCAVB helped defray travel expenses for the Moss, Norway trip by contributing $100 per student toward airfare. Students also traveled to our Sister City in Northern Ireland, April 4-12, 2014 and then hosted a reciprocal visit in Virginia Beach ...


Take a look at the following Video to see some of the Highlights from the SCAVB Celebration in honor of Virginia Beach's 50th Birthday! http://youtu.be/LN_AXPB4Qmc


On July 25, 2012, a ribbon cutting was held at Red Wing Park to dedicate the Azumaya, patterned after a simple style house of eastern Japan.  It is a setting for contemplation, meditation and reflection.  Built in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cityhood of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, the Azumaya was completed in March 2012.   The Miyazaki Garden at Red Wing Park is a unique setting; which is open to the public year round.  The Azumaya anchors the rear entrance of the park and features flagstone flooring and walls made of parapet.  Dimensional lumber, bamboo, cedar shingles and roof sheating along with other materi...


SCAVB members participated in the 2011 Neptune Festival Parade. This effort, led by Kim Baylor, is a first for the Association and was a great way to let citizens and visitors know about Virginia Beach's Sister City affiliations. A great time was reported by all the "floaters". A special thanks to the members, friends and family who helped to decorate the float which was donated by the Neptune Festival.