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Embracing a Japanese Summer
Submitted by Whitney K. Herbert - Cedarville University | October 20, 2017
Honestly, when I first arrived to World Campus, I was unimpressed. I was terrified. I was the only States-side American and I was surround by mainly Europeans speaking in their mother tongue. The first day, I couldn't decide between freaking out or being appalled that I had to learn to dance. What was this? Summer camp?
However, I had signed up for 9 weeks of this summer camp. I cannot tell you how glad I am that I did. I got to bond with people all over the world and get to know them and their countries better. The first three weeks were probably my favourite. If you want to not see any foreigners and experience people with big hearts, go to Kyushu. We went to temples, cut bamboo, swam for elementary school P.E., and tried a myriad of traditional sports. The people are gregarious and warm. I will never forget being led around an elementary yard at recess by a hoard of 5 to 6 year old girls who were all adorable.
2nd session - Osaka area - also brings so much to the table. My favourite part of Osaka was the dancing. We learned to bon dance and we got to use it later at a summer festival. The people in 2nd session, both foreign and Japanese, were down to earth and full of laughs. I was happy not to be the only US-American. I had such a wonderful time being apart of a large group of 30 with people from all over the globe. Taiko drums, climbing a ridiculous amount of stairs to reach schools and temples, visiting scenic places like Nara, and visiting a senior center were all highlights. Oh! Ninja training was pretty fantastic too. Some of the participants looked like they peeled out of an Edo period novel with their stony expressions and poses by the waterfalls nearby.
Finally, Tokyo-area was all hustle and bustle. The people were lovely as well. So many summer festivals this session! You won't forget wearing a yukata and eating kakigori with your host family. I was lucky to be given a yukata, and the feeling of seeing fireworks with people who have folded themselves into your heart is indescribable. Getting to venture out and see all the boroughs (if you will) of Tokyo with new World Campus friends is also great. Trying matcha ice cream and buying Japanese trinkets for loved ones cannot be beat. I had a fantastic little jaunt to Korea Town to to buy face masks, dduk boki and haha, kpop posters. This is a wonderful session if you want to adventure a little more on your own.
I'll be honest. Going to Japan with World Campus was wonderful. It did seem a little kiddish with the counselors and the planned events. However, the counselors are wonderful people who support and help you. Plus, with your host families' and the events Mr. Nishimura plans, you get to experience many sides of Japan that would not be accessible to a tourist. I stayed a couple days after the program and I lamented the lack of breakfast with a host family, meeting elementary children (who were too cute for words) and the people I met in World Campus not sharing the moments with me.
I highly recommend this trip; please go - all three sessions if you can (and if you're willing to dance, haha).
Second time around
Submitted by Daniel Solvold - University of Gothenburg | October 17, 2017
So this year (2017) I joined WCI Japan again, and I can honestly say that I had an even better experience than last time. So many fun and interesting people made the weeks fly by as if it was an instant. Some of my best friends I've made because of world campus. With crazy Czechs, Colombian pranksters and comedic Americans you will do daily activities like the field trips back from school days. Classical Japanese artforms like Kyudo, Taiko and Kendo, visiting schools from elementary all the way up to university, wandering deep into bamboo forests, shrines and temples left, right and center- it is a hands on curriculum for sure. Doesn't that sound great?- I tell you it is.
If you choose to join, you will enlarge your family- there is no denying it. I still keep in touch with my host families and I do get that warm feeling inside when I think of my time spent with World Campus International Japan. Finally a word of warning though. The culinary explosion of deliciousness on your pallet during your stay, might cause an addiction. For me it is soba, and I can tell you it is hard to find good soba in Sweden.
Unforgettable experience for life (Session 2, 2017)
Submitted by Adriana - Oslo | October 15, 2017
This summer was my first time in Japan, and to be honest I was really scared - what if I do something wrong? What if they don't like me? Maybe I can't communicate with my host families, what then?
Now I can honestly say that this has been the best summer in my entire life. Everyone was so open, caring, and way better than my expectations. Because of a huge diversity between participants, you will not only learn about Japan, but also about other countries and cultures, as well as you will pass your knowledge onto others. You will most probably learn some Japanese, and have a lot of fun while doing it! The host families are very understanding, and they will not treat you as a participant but rather as a member of their family. For me it was really hard to say good bye to them, as I really loved getting to know them and spending time together. But, except for doing cool things with your host families and talkin to your friends, you will also attend cool activities! Some of the activites I was able to join were ninja training, visiting various temples, zen experience and the fun arigato event, where we thank all our host families (and often eat some good food after that, either with everyone or at home).
If you are considering to join this program, I'd like to tell you few things:
*Don't be scared! Everyone will take care of you, and you can always talk with some of the staff (which are everywhere!)
*Natural disasters happen in Japan, yes, but you shouldn't really worry about that - while my stay in Japan, I haven't experienced anything like that, and as long as you know how to stay safe (which you get taught on the first day) you have nothing to worry about!
*You should be open to expanding your comfort zone, and it will feel good afterwards as well. This is a really great experience to discover yourself.
*Food is delicious, and you have to try yakisoba and okonomiyaki ;)
Best introduction to Japan
Submitted by Arthur Bettens - University of Ghent | September 22, 2017
This program is a great way to get a grasp on the Japanese culture. Not only will you be able to get a day to day feeling of Japan, you will also have many chances to communicate with the natives. Personally I think the best part was the host families who made me feel like a member of their family. I cannot think of a better way to discover if Japan is in your taste then this program. And if you are someone who is studying Japanese like me, then this program will help you with it and give you an amazing boost in self-confidence. The bonds and experience you will create will stay with you forever, that i am certain off.
For anyone who wants to try something new
Submitted by emilia rautiainen - University of Eastern Finland | September 06, 2017
For anyone thinking of applying to a program in World Campus Japan, I can say that it is definitely worth it, just as long as you keep the right attitude. For me at least, this program was a great experience in trying out something new and getting out of my shell for a bit. Interacting with so many strangers all the time, host families, local volunteers, students, other world campus members....can get a bit exhausting, but I also feel like the experience helped me to boost my confidence.
and most importantly, meeting so many local Japanese people was truly a great opportunity to make friends and connections that you might not otherwise get.
My main advise, for anyone thinking of joining, would be to try out as many new things as possible, and maybe even push yourself a bit, but also to remember that it is okay to take some time for yourself before going to sleep, just to calm down. Your host families will understand.