|School Name||Tainan Yong Ren Municipal High School|
|Length of Travel||4 days, 3 nights|
|Locations Visited||Kanagawa and Chiba|
|Time of Travel||'May 2019|
|Age of Participating Students||Others|
|Number of Participants||
3 teachers, 16 students, 1 child of a teacher and 1 interpreter/tour guide
|Purpose||Cross-cultural exchange and international exchange|
Homestay in Ito City
Hikawa Maru, Yokohama Chinatown, Red Brick Warehouse
Host School (School Exchange)
|School Name||Shonan Gakuen Senior High School|
Met at the Fujisawa City Tourist Association parking lot.
Greetings from Taiwanese students in Japanese at the school cafeteria.
Tea ceremony experience held by the school’s PTA during 4th period.
Students joined a welcome party and calligraphy class during 5th period.
Departed from the school
location_cityFaculty feedback and advice for success
This experience reaffirmed my feeling that face-to-face interactions are especially important for mutual understanding.
We were able to go welcome everyone from Yong Ren Municipal High School in Tainan, Taiwan.
We enjoyed a morning excursion to Enoshima in the fresh May air, not far from our school, together with our students who had applied to be buddies.
After that, we all came back to the school, had lunch in the cafeteria, and enjoyed experiences such as tea ceremony and calligraphy. Also, everyone from Tainan Yong Ren Municipal High School did a presentation introducing Taiwan and we were able to see an actual Taiwanese tea ceremony. The entire exchange took place in a friendly atmosphere.
That day was only a short time, but it was a very fulfilling exchange. Seeing young people doing their best to communicate by using English along with gestures, etc., reaffirmed my feeling that face-to-face interactions are especially important for mutual understanding. Our students, too, seemed to feel closer to Taiwan.
I’m grateful for the remarkable opportunity we had this time. I’d certainly like to welcome them again if we get the chance. We all really think so.