Tokyo Metoroporitan Koishikawa Secondary Education school
She is now writing her experiences from notes of about 10,000 characters written in activities.
She applied for this program after she had known the national scholarship system “Take Off! Study-abroad Japan”. It supports students’ voluntary study-abroad and it has a course for high school students who do international volunteer. She looked for a suitable volunteer company. She talked as follows.
applications for it started in February last year. I found “Projects Abroad”,
which gave us full information from that early time, which had a program for
high school students and which seemed to be reassuring to join. I decided to
use this at once.
I got along with my preparation with staff’s kind support. I got in airplane alone with only hope at the day of departure. Honestly speaking, the 2 weeks after the day was not “perfectly ideal” and I felt hard many times.Communication at Ghana was especially hard. I was in a group of only 6 girls.
All members except me was from the UK and Ireland, which were near. Besides, three girls had known one another, and the other 2 girls came by the same airplane by promising with e-mail. Girls who came alone was only me. What was worse, I was only non-native from Asia. I was too isolated.
staff, who I wanted to rely on, was very kind, but they spoke English with a strong
accent, so I often got tired of communication. Life at the developing country,
taking shower with a bucket, meals of many carbohydrates and hard work. It was
hard to do them with loneliness. I cried alone many times.
Ms. Y (I) wrote hard experiences until here, thinking the case that students who is going to join it does activities under the same situation as me. However when I am asked “Do you want to recommend this program?” “Do you want to join it again?” , I will answer “Yes” without hesitation. I got much bigger things there than the hard experiences.
to jump into an unknown environment, knowledge which can be got only there,
experiences, landscape and memories I can never get in Japan. Maybe this is
contradictory to my story, but precious friends. I thought I couldn’t make friends
with them, but through doing many activities together, I fit in with the other
members in the 2nd week. I made so good friends with them that we
said good-bye with tears in our eyes at the last day. After all, I couldn’t
follow their fast conversation and I was just smiling holding my tongue in the
circle of conversation as ever. However it was my first experience that I have
communicated with someone without words.
I keep in touch with them also after coming back to Japan. I am looking forward to realizing the promise that I will go to London and everyone will gather again, which is said by a group member at the time of parting.
course the contact with people there got an experiences that I will never
forget. The time when I spent with children is especially a precious memory.
Communication with them, who could speak English little yet, was impatient
because I couldn’t make myself understood. However they ran to me calling me
“Anti” innocently and smiled to me unconditionally. I miss them and their smile
Ms. Y (I) have been interested in international cooperation for a long time. I spent very meaningful days in that point. I am sure that there are the actual state we can only know if we go to the place and people’s real voices we understand when we listen to directly. For example, because I lived under the inconvenience electrical and water situation, I got more interested in development of developing country.
Ms. Y (I) had chances to attend a lecture about Ghana and to go to an
exhibition about developing countries after coming back to Japan, and I
could sympathize and absorb them well
because I had been there. I think I have my own opinion and interpretation
although I have little when I only knew knowledge from books and internet. I
think it was very precious to get those treasures when I was a high school
student before entering university.
This summer was the most substantial one in my life of about 16 years. Looking back pictures and records now, the days were so stimulating that they seem to have been a dream. I cannot write everything here.
I want to tell students who is going to join it that you should communicate with friend in your group positively from early time. It is important having attitude that shows your feeling that you want to make friends with them than words after all. The stronger bonds with your friends get, the more exciting activities will get. I hope that many high school students have excellent experiences.
I did volunteer activities stayed with a Ghanaian family for 2 weeks at Ghana through a national scholarship system called “Take Off! Study-abroad Japan”. I would like to talk about the details that I decided to go to Ghana and about activities there.Take Off! Study-abroad Japan is a campaign for promoting study-abroad by the Ministry of Education. It is a cooperative scholarship system by a public and private sector for educating global person. It has courses for high school students and for university students. A unique point is that students don’t join a study-abroad plan provided by Take Off but they plan by themselves. If you are elected, you can get financial help. I looked for a volunteer program by myself, and found a company “Projects abroad”, and decided to join there program. The prior training and posterior training is substantial and you can make many friends through Take Off.
I am interested in international society and international volunteering.
In the last year, leaflets for member recruitment of Tobitate Japan program were passed out. I found the international volunteering section in my leaflet, and I was excited.
In the autumn 2014, I joined a program which was held by Republic of South Africa Embassy in Japan and Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Japan, and I visited Embassy of Burkina Faso in Japan during this program. I am interested in West Africa from this time, so I wanted to go to a country in West Africa for volunteering.
PROJECTS ABROAD has many plans for volunteering in various countries.
These are the reasons why I decided to go to Ghana.
1 To watch the state of a developing country
This is the biggest reason. I heard the lecture by an officer from Embassy of Burkina Faso in Japan when I visited there. There were some difference between the lecture and my knowledge about developing countries. From that time, to watch the state of a developing country is one of my aims.
2 To improve my English skill
When I had stayed in Australia for two weeks as a program of my high school, I could take almost communication by using just “YES” and “OK”. I wanted to try my English skill and improve it in Ghana.
3 To make friends who can be my rivals and work hard together
Many high school students apply for the Tobitate Japan program. They have dreams to work around the world in the future. I wanted to communicate with them and become friends. The volunteering program which I joined is called “High school students special”, and many other students from various countries also joined this program. I wanted to talk with them.
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