My name is Maki Honda from Japan. I worked for this program as one of the program counselors the last two summers and I’m the Operations Manager for the World Campus – Japan program 2014.
I was born and grew up in Kumamoto, Japan where some of you may get to experience this summer! When I was a university student, I met this program and organized activities with some of my friends in Kumamoto city. I not only learned about other cultures from the people from various countries, but also rediscovered my own country and myself by exploring a familiar sight with different points of view, interacting and exchanging cultures with them. Those experiences had a huge impact on me. It was only one short week but quite long enough to change my whole life.
Then I worked as one of the Local Organizing Committee staff members in Kumamoto for many years, and I got to know a lot of amazing people who had been working for this program. All of them were full of adventures and they taught me how wonderful to travel and see the world! Needless to say, I’ve started wanting to travel like them as well, and I decided to follow my dream, traveling with World Campus – Japan program, it came true!
This is my third year as a staff of World Campus – Japan program, I traveled around Japan with the international group of people the last two summers and learned about the world a little better. It helped me to be a global citizen with so many wonderful adventures, and I’m ready to have the third one! As the Operations Manager, I’m working for all the logistics for the upcoming program and sometimes I’ll be the interpreter.
Welcome to Japan! I can’t wait to meet you all!
Maki Honda (Japan)