I think it's naive to pray for world peace if we're not going to change the form in which we live.

Godfrey Reggio

 

Welcome to the website of Toledo Sister Cities International (TSCI). We are proud to be entering our 24th year of service. If you are not familiar with the “Sister Cities” concept, it is widely held that the first “sister city” relationship - anywhere! - was established between Toledo, Ohio and Toledo, Spain in 1931.

The concept of “Sister Cities” with formally established relationships between municipalities at the international level was further supported in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Sister Cities agreements are conducted on a mayor-to-mayor basis. Here in Toledo, we currently have Sister City agreements with the following cities: Coimbatore (India); Delmenhorst (Germany); Hyderabad (Pakistan); Poznan (Poland); Qinhuangdao (China); Szeged (Hungary); Tanga (Tanzania); Toledo (Spain); and Toyohashi (Japan). A regional agreement is in place with Bekaa Valley (Lebanon).

Toledo Sister Cities International (TSCI) hosts the Annual International Festival, which is the “kick off” to all area festivals in the Northwest Ohio area, and runs the International Youth Academy, which brings youth from all over the world to Toledo for a two-week period during the summer months. We additionally assist in the facilitation of area economic development ventures by providing cultural, educational, language and other key services. If you would like to learn more about TSCI, become a member, volunteer, or make a tax deductible donation (we are a 501c3 organization), please contact us at scitoledo@gmail.com or P.O. Box 353004, Toledo, OH 43615.

Sincerely,

Jim H. Hartung, President
Toledo Sister Cities International
Board of Trustees