Our Sister Cities
Schwieberdingen is a town of about 10,700 inhabitants located in Southwest Germany. The city founded in 1304 is 10 km away from Ludwigsburg and 14 km away from Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg.
Vaux-le-Pénil is a French commune located in the Seine-et-Marne département, in the Île-de-France région. As of the 1999 census, the town has a population of 10,688.
Since 1988 the Sister Cities Association of Belvidere has been an active, engaged member of Sister Cities International. Over the past 20 years scores of volunteers have worked to establish and nurture relationships with our two sister cities: Schwieberdingen, Germany and Vaux-le-Pénil, France.
International Student Exchange Program
For two weeks each summer, four Boone County teenagers experience life in one of our sister cities through participation in our youth exchange home stay program. In a reciprocal arrangement, teenagers from our sister cities are then welcomed into our community to experience life here.
Young Artists' Competition
A local art contest is held in March to select a work of art, created by a Boone County teenager, to enter into the Sister Cities International competition in Washington, D.C.
* Couple/Family memberships are not transferrable and all members must be living in the same house.
Benefits of Membership
Annual picnic welcoming our
Opportunities for International Travel and Friendships