School Profile

School Name Parkland College
Location United States (North America)

Outline

Length of Travel 16 days, 15 nights
Locations Visited Tokyo, Kanagawa, Kyoto, Hyogo, and Osaka
Time of Travel May 2019
Age of Students Others
Number of Participants 5 students and 2 teachers
Purpose Cross-cultural exchange and international exchange

Locations Visited

Day 1

 

Tokyo
Arrived at Haneda Airport
hotel Tokyo

Day 4

 

Tokyo
Visited Nippon Sport Science University Ohka Junior & Senior High School (scene during exchange at Nippon Sport Science University Ohka Junior & Senior High School)
hotel Tokyo

Day 6

 

Kanagawa
One-night trip to Hakone
hotel Kanagawa

Day 7

 

Kyoto
Traveled to Kyoto by Shinkansen (bullet train)
hotel Kyoto

Day 10

 

Kyoto
Visited St. Agnes' University (scene during exchange at St. Agnes' University)
hotel Kyoto

Day 12

 

Hiroshima
Traveled to Hiroshima
hotel Hiroshima

Day 13

 

Hyogo
Traveled from Hiroshima to Himeji and toured Himeji Castle
hotel Hyogo

Day 16

 

Osaka
Returned home from Kansai International Airport

Host School (School Exchange)

location_cityHost School

Location Tokyo
School Name Nippon Sport Science University Ohka Junior & Senior High School

location_cityProgram

14:15

Arrived at the school

14:25-15:15

Took part in English class

15:20-16:00

Welcome party

16:00-17:00

Japanese calligraphy practice

Reviews

location_cityReviews from Teachers

A win-win exchange

The Japanese school put a lot of effort into making our visit a success, and we received a really warm welcome. The school principal even drove the van to pick us up at the station. Not only did we have the opportunity to look around the school, we also took part in a class and an extracurricular activity. We were able to learn about the Japanese education system, and the Japanese students were able to practice their English, so I think it was a win-win exchange.

location_cityReviews from Students

The warm welcome and reception from the students and teachers was great

I learned that the Japanese school system wasn’t as strict as I’d expected and that the students weren’t bothered by the fact that they have to wear a uniform. They seem to enjoy school life, and the teachers looked charismatic. The experience was fun, and the warm welcome and reception from the students and teachers was great. I took part in activities such as Japanese calligraphy, interacted with the students, and learned a lot, which all made the visit more enjoyable.

It was great fun to be able to interact with and talk to the Japanese students, and I enjoyed finding out about Japanese calligraphy

I learned that classes in Japan are organized in a similar way as at my own junior and senior high schools. The most similar thing is that the students don’t stay in one room, but rather move from room to room for each lesson. However, Japanese schools differ from mine in that there are several separate buildings, whereas at mine the buildings are connected by corridors, so the layout is totally different. It was great fun to be able to interact with and talk to the Japanese students, and I enjoyed finding out about what Japanese calligraphy was like. Overall, I felt that the visit to the high school was a good learning opportunity and an enjoyable event.

Highlights