When Indonesia moved to create Sister City programs in the United States, Fort Worth was invited as the first U.S. city to link because of the strong corporate connection with Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin (then General Dynamics) and Pier 1 Imports. As well as Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s successful track record for developing sustainable relationships. The Fort Worth/Bandung partnership continues to work around language, distance and financial obstacles to produce many important exchanges. Examples such as, traveling trunks programs for schools, university-based “Train the Trainers” nursing programs, municipal waste water, security and management internships, international conference on women, medical school programs, and economic, sports and cultural exchanges. In the post 9/11 environment, the Fort Worth/Bandung relationship intends to help set the standard by which U.S.-Islamic partnerships will be measured.
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“Traveling abroad is exciting, but it can be overwhelming too. When traveling with a Sister Cities group, you will be included in several group briefings before your departure including protocol information specific to your trip. Additionally, we have created a Travel Checklist as a resource for you to help you get the most out of your experience.”
Bandung is the capital of West Java province in Indonesia, and the country’s fourth largest city. The city lies on a river basin and surrounded by volcanic mountains. It’s rated the fastest-growing major city / urban region in Indonesia. Due to its elevation, the climate in Bandung is cooler than most Indonesian cities and can be classified as humid.