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Japan of the Japanese
Submitted by Sabine Boom - Leiden University | March 05, 2017
I came into contact with this program through an alumni of World Campus Japan who had joined the previous year and although she told me incredible stories, it couldn't compare to experiencing it myself for me. There are multiple things that make this program so special for me. The group, the host families and also the activities all contributed to making my participation making a very unique experience and I will tell a little bit about each of them.
First of all, the host families. Every host family will take you as part of their family for one week and also after that. They are excited to learn about you, your country and customs and also are very willing to share theirs. You become part of their family. Even now I still keep in touch with the families I stayed with.
Next a little bit about the activities. Not every activity might sound as interesting as some others, but there’s a lot of variation and if you put in a little effort, it will pay back double. For every activity, there are people that made efforts to organize something worthwhile and will be an unique experience and they are incredibly fun and sometimes also very educational. Having activities daily for 3 weeks does sound very tiring, but every week there will be a day you’ll spend with your host family and a free day off where you can decide on your own how to spend it.
Then a little bit about the group. When I joined the program in the 3rd session, it started out as a group of fellow participants from different countries. Over the course of 3 weeks I learned a lot about them, their respective countries and I now call most of them my friends. During the program you spend a lot of time with these people and naturally you’ll get along better with some, but after I got back home, I missed every one of them.
One session is 3 weeks with a group of people you barely know at the beginning, and at least 3 different host families, the program is packed full of activities, but it doesn’t get tiresome at all. The people you’ll meet are very nice and usually like-minded people. This program asks you to give a little bit of yourself, but you’ll definitely be rewarded with one of the most unique inside experiences to Japan. And the chance of keeping in contact with AT LEAST one person who lives outside your country are incredibly high.
A truly unique access to Japan
Submitted by Anna-Louise Lydom - - | February 21, 2017
I joined the World Campus International – Japan program for 3 weeks in the summer of 2016. It was my first time in Japan, as well as my first time travelling alone. In the beginning, I was hesitant about joining the program because it seemed like such a big leap – with me not knowing Japan, not knowing anybody in Japan and with little Japanese skills. However, after communicating with the organization I realized it was an opportunity I could not miss out on! I needed to join!
Even though I was the eldest in the session, I did not feel out of place at all! I was part of the group and a part of my host family.
Each host family brought a new experience and I developed a unique bond with each of them. I am amazed at how these people opened their homes, opened their hearts and volunteered to bring in a foreigner to join their lives and families– none of us knowing each other – even if it was just for a week. It was a very special experience, and a bit overwhelming at first – probably due to me not being used to travelling, and very much being used to being in control of everything. Trusting that the organization really knew, what they were doing allowed me to go on a journey that I loved every step of!
Each family, each city, each event was a different experience which cannot be compared. I was shown and taught things I would not have experienced as a tourist. Visiting temples – also seeing the inside –, being taught how to pray, how to not give offence, visiting a Katana swordsmith and cutting with a real Katana sword, how to use chopsticks properly, visiting schools and meeting the students and children – things you normally would not experience, or are even allowed to, as an ordinary tourist. And these are just a few of the things I was lucky enough to experience. In return, I have also gotten the opportunity to tell students, participants and host families a bit about Denmark and make comparisons to the other cultures joining. A truly educational and fun experience.
I definitely recommend joining this amazing program! Join with an open mind and heart, experience this amazing culture from the inside and learn about other cultures while there. Gain new friendship across cultures and ages. Go on a once in a lifetime experience. It is never too late to learn and experience something new! This program truly gives a unique access to Japan!
Unforgettable family ties
Submitted by Ise - Osaka Prefecture University | February 05, 2017
My stay in Isehara in the summer of 2015 was a great experience. The city is small, especially compared to the gigantic Tokyo just a train ride away. But Isehara was incredibly charming in it's own way, and the people were very welcoming and warm. There was a lot of beautiful nature just a short drive away, and I really enjoyed going to the hot springs in Hakone with my host family!
The home of my host family was quite narrow, but it was homely and a very nice place to stay. I got to experience the life of being 5+ people in a house with two bedrooms, and everyone were closeby. I felt very welcome, and also like a member of the family. I really loved Isehara and my host family, and now that I am living in Japan as an exchange student I keep contact with my host families. Meet with them and speak to them, and I feel like I have a family here in Japan where I will always be welcome to visit.
I can promise that you will not regret participating in this program! Come with an open mind and heart, and experience Japan from the inside.
Unique, life-changing experience - definitely recommend!
Submitted by Sofia Larborn - University of Gothenburg | December 18, 2016
Hello! I’m Sofia from Sweden, and this summer (2016) was my first time in Japan! I was there with World Campus Japan for three weeks in June.
Ok so here’s a summary of my experience with WCJ:
• Life-changing - I’ve met lots of amazing people, learned so much, and also developed more confidence.
• Challenging - I mean it in a good way. I have stepped out of and expanded my comfort zone by trying new kinds of food, participating in new activities, and talking to new people.
• So worth the money - Really reasonable price! Covers everything necessary like food and transport between the cities and stuff (except whichever souvenirs and snacks you might buy for yourself). The program starts and ends in Japan though, so you’re responsible for booking your own flight to and from Japan (but the staff will greet you at the airport as soon as you arrive).
The World Campus Japan program is not like an exchange student program - you don’t take courses or anything. This program is all about cultural exchange - immersing yourself in the Japanese culture together with a group of participants from around the world!
I first heard of this program from a teacher at my university. Going to Japan sounded exciting, but not having much confidence and being a bit scared of travelling I had a hard time deciding whether to apply for the program or not. But eventually I sent an application, and I’d say it’s one of the best choices I’ve made so far! One of the best experiences I’ve had in my life!
World Campus has support from lots of enthusiastic local institutions, schools, families, that are just as eager to meet you as you are to meet them! You stay one week with one host family in each city (one session is three weeks, and WCJ arrange three sessions in total every summer), and the days are scheduled full of awesome activities with the group. I felt so welcome and had an amazing time visiting schools and temples, trying out Japanese martial arts and crafts, and bonding with my wonderful host families. If you want to know more about what specific activities are on the schedule, take a look at their website and youtube channel, (you might even see me there :P ).
Another thing to mention - you don’t need to know a single word in Japanese to participate in the program (you only need to be able to communicate in English). But, you can be almost certain that you’re going to learn at least some Japanese along the way, whether you try to or not. :P
I highly recommend World Campus to anyone curious about Japan. This program offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Japan in a personal and unique way, that you won’t get as an ordinary tourist or exchange student.
And if you apply to their Session 1 in 2017 - see you in Japan!
I'll never forget this trip
Submitted by zavon - st josephs prep | December 15, 2016
I went into this program a senior in high school, not knowing the Japanese language, and not informed on a lot of Japanese customs. But I had a great fascination with Japanese culture so thats why I took a chance. And the experience I had was amazing. Everyday was a brand new adventure. There were so many sites to see, history to learn, and experiences to be had. There was archery, there was bamboo cutting, and interaction with students from Japan. But what really did it for me was the host families. The memories I made with people I had just met will always stay close to my heart. They were kind to me , patient. They showed me how to use chopsticks finally haha. My host sibling treated me like a brother. And my host parents reminded me of home and my family just because of how kind and open they were. I still keep in contact with them regardless of me being a country away.Every moment was exciting, nerve racking, and amazing all at the same time and I will never forget it.