Omaha Sister Cities Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to promoting citizen diplomacy between Omaha and 6 sister cities located in Europe, Asia, & Latin America. OSCA enhances the Omaha community's global awareness through cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic development connections. OSCA also brings like-minded people from our sister cities to Omaha to develop cross-cultural relationships with Omaha's citizens.
Our 6 cities are: Shizuoka, Japan; Braunschweig, Germany; Siauliai, Lithuania; Naas, Ireland; Xalapa, Mexico; and Yantai, China. Each city has a committee - if you are interested in joining us (you do not need to be from one of the cities to help), please go to the website to volunteer (omahasistercities.org). A few exciting programs that take place on an on-going basis are: student exchanges: high school and university students come to Omaha to attend school, learn about Omaha, live with host families and take part in a variety of OSCA events. The Omaha Children's Museum and OSCA cooperate to teach about each of the 6 cultures, language, arts, dance, and food from each of the sister cities. Japanese Ambience is held in October at The Lauritzen Gardens with Taiko drumming, calligraphy, origami, martial arts, dance, ikebana, GO, bonsai, koto playing, Japanese snacks and games as highlights. School & Business OSCA programs: teaching about each sister city's culture. Presently we have (with the assistance of the UP & the Omaha Fire Department) sent 4 ambulances and related emergency equipment to Xalapa, Mexico. We can connect you to the community group in Omaha that represents each of these cities/countries. The Chamber and a variety of businesses are very active in developing business opportunities between Omaha and each of the sister cities.
In this 52nd Year Anniversary of the Omaha Sister Cities Association many outstanding activities will be held. Go to the website to learn more - http://www.omahasistercities.com. I have been involved in sister cities for 20 years and enjoy meeting people from all over the world both in Omaha and in their international city!

The sister cities trips are an experience you will never forget. Hospitality by each city for our global diplomat delegations is incredible!