Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City Association

The Gresham-Ebetsu Sister City is a volunteer based,  non-profit organization operating in Gresham, OR in conjunction with their sister city Ebetsu, Japan.

Student Exchange

The Student Exchange program is a partnership with Ebetsu, Japan. Support GESCA and enrich the lives of students.

Tsuru Island

In the early spring is when GESCA will be looking for “gardeners” to clear weeds, plant new sprouts and to maintain the integrity of the Japanese garden.


Skosh means “a little”. GESCA organizes an annual Skosh Cultural Festival. The 2015 Skosh was held August 8th at Gresham Main City Park. Thank you to everyone that participated. Learn about other Events put on by GESCA.

Exchange Students
Rewarded Opportunities

Volunteer Hours
Maintaining Tsuru Island

Number of Cultural Experiences
Organized Yearly

Tsuru Island

Gresham Sister City’s
Most Inspirational Project

What Our Exchange Students Say:

“Traveling to Ebetsu, Japan for 4 weeks was a trip of a lifetime. The mixing of cultures and backgrounds provided us with an unforgettable awareness and lifelong appreciation of Japanese culture. I recommend any middle school or high school student to try it.”

— 2013 Exchange Students

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