|School Name||Parkland College|
|Location||United States (North America)|
|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|
Host School (School Exchange)
|School Name||Nippon Sport Science University Ohka Junior & Senior High School|
Arrived at the school
Took part in English class
Japanese calligraphy practice
location_cityFaculty feedback and advice for success
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.