Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project

Bienvenidos!  Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our web site to learn more about the amazing friendship between Arlington, Massachusetts and Teosinte, El Salvador.

Teosinte is a mountainous village in the Chalatenango province of El Salvador with a population of roughly 340 people. The name “Teosinte” means an ancestor of maize, or corn.  Villagers translate the name as “Sacred Corn.”

teosinte village

In September of 1988, the Arlington Board of Selectman officially recognized Teosinte, El Salvador, as the sister city of Arlington, Massachusetts. (Arlington’s other sister cities are Nagaokakyo, Japan and Port Arlington, Ireland.)

Arlington is one of nineteen U.S. communities or organizations that have partnered with a Salvadoran village. Our neighbors, Cambridge and Watertown, also have sister cities in El Salvador. The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project is a member of the National US-El Salvador Sister Cities Network (

The Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project promotes friendship between Arlington, Massachusetts and Teosinte, El Salvador, through dialogue, cultural exchange, and support for each community’s priorities. This citizen-to-citizen connection advances global awareness and social justice.

Volunteers coordinate a district wide fourth grade curriculum focused on the unique relationship between Arlington and Teosinte, plan events to raise awareness of issues affecting Teosinte, raise money for educational scholarships and promote a cultural exchange between our towns.

We welcome new volunteers at all levels of involvement.  Please contact us for more information at

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