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The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Take part in a short-term summer study program located in different regions across Japan with World Campus International, Inc. This three-week program offers participants...

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Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Meeting the best of Japan and the world

I participated in Session 2, 2017. It was my first time in Japan as well as my first traveling on my own. Thanks to the great Hiro and our diligent counselors’ hard work, the schedules were so concise and guaranteed us a carefree trip throughout the three weeks. Being part of the World Campus community was such a wonderful experience because everybody on the team was so open-minded, friendly, impressively interesting, and supportive. I met so many great great friends I wouldn’t be able to meet elsewhere!
World Campus is indeed a unique access to Japan. The three cities we visited varied from each other a lot so everybody seemed to feel excited and curious and willing to explore all the time. Especially, they were not places one would normally be able to visit traveling alone: I stayed with the Okazaki family, my host family in Uda, Nara, at their temple Myoen-ji. It was definitely a once-in-a-life-time experience and I’m so blessed that I was able to be there and meet my host parents.
I couldn’t pick one specific high light of the trip because everything were just so amazing!
But here’s your warnings too:
World Campus has a really intense schedule and everyone tends to actively be involved all the time. So for those who seldom do exercise, you might get sick in the last few days like me and several other students did. It can be really tiring physically, so be prepared!
Be prepared for young children in your host families, especially if you are the single child like me. Your host brother/sister might run around you all the time and drag you to play video games and catch bugs with them and you have to bare with them laughing at you not understanding something they said. Especially they can be so cute that you can’t refuse to play with them and losing your little sleeping time.
World Campus wants its participants to be open to trying new things, which means you’ll happily meet our friend Natto.
4. For perspective Chinese participants: Get yourself a LINE on your phone before you come to World Campus>>> or you’ll have such a hard time trying in vain to get it but fail after all. Also, if you wish to keep in touch with your friends from World Campus after the program, either get a VPN or convince them to get WeChat :)

WCI is wonderful. I’m definitely going to participate again, and if you are also interested in Japan and meeting different people, then this is the place for you, too!

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

First some panic, then a mind blowing experience

So I did the third of World Campus Japan's sessions which was located around the Tokyo area. I've been to Japan on vacation before, so I know my way around. What I've never done before, was staying at someone else's house. This was an uncomfortable experience at first since I'm used to living alone. So the first week was complete panic for me, and I thought about leaving the program on many occasions. But as I stuck around I got used to it really quick and found that I enjoyed spending time with my host family. Even if I struggled with communicating with all of my host families, I also realized a lot about them by just being with them. So I found out that verbal communication isn't always the only way to learn to know someone.

These experiences with my host families was a challenge, but it also changed me a bit as a person. And this was also the goal for the whole trip, to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone just to learn and experience new things, and to change the person I am.

Of all the things we did, I liked interacting with the locals the most. To talk with them and exchange views and also to learn more about Japanese culture. Also, through our interactions and exchanges, we created a bond together. This was something that struck me in Abiko, when I saw that we were people from about eight different nations just having a great time together, playing and eating together. The impact that must have made on the children will hopefully affect them positively for the rest of their lives.

So if you want to learn about Japans culture and history, this is definitely the program for you. You will challenge yourself in multiple ways and grow with it. Also, you'll make friends for life with all the people you meet, friends that live all over the world.

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

First time in Japan

I have always wanted to travel to Japan and experience the culture and beauty of the country. When I heard about this program I was instantly intrigued because I realized going with WCI program was the ultimate way of experiencing Japan. If I ever were to travel to japan i would probably just see Tokyo and other typical tourist things. But with WCI I got to meet Japanese people and experience their culture.

Going to Japan with WCI was one of the best things I have ever done. I have never done this kind of culture trip before and it felt good to travel with my friend Sofia(we study the same program at our university). But I believe that you don't have to be afraid to travel alone because everyone are super friendly, caring and super nice. My three host families were so amazing and generous. They became my family during the time I was in the three different cities. Even though I didn't know any Japanese the communication worked perfectly and we had so much fun. The most imporatant thing is that you are nice to your host families and talk with them and you will have an amazing time.

I was with session 1 and we were a small group but such an amazing and fun group with wonderful people. What I loved most was the fact that everyone in the group wanted to be there and experience Japan together. Everyone had something that they loved about Japan or wanted to experience which made the group just amazing to hang around with. I made so many new friends and we did fun things together and talked about our lives. It was just a perfect and incredible journey we did together.

The activities we did together was fun and interesting. We went to schools and interacted with children. We experience japanese culture when we tried on Shorinji kempo, Kyudo and other amazing things. This is was i loved most about the program, all of these things we did was thanks to WCI and I would have never been able to do these things on my own. Therefore, if you want to experience the most of Japan, then I promise you that the WCI program is the best for that. Also, at the end of every stay with the host families we have the Arigatou Event. It is the most fun and awesome night where we thank our host families and dance, show our culture, sing, party, have fun etc. Don't be afraid to have super fun and go all in. :D

In conclusion, I had the most wonderful and amzing adventure of my life in Japan, thanks to WCI. I met new people from all corners of the world and we experienced Japan together. If you wanna have a time of your life, then join WCI program. Also, it does not hurt if you love Japanese food(which I do). You will be in food heaven.

Create an epic chapter in your life, go to Japan with WCI!

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    10

Embracing a Japanese summer

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).

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Second time around

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.

Program: The World Campus - Get Unique Access to Japan!

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