Yunzhi Liu comes from Beijing, China, and she is currently studying Classics at Middlebury College in Vermont, the US. She first became a World Campus Japan participant in 2017, and the powerful experience she had interacting with the local communities inspired her to come back and learn more. She felt belong to the program community and appreciated the great friends she was able to make. As a counselor, she will be responsible for interpretation and translation, and she hopes to help the participants enjoy and gain a great deal from the program just like she did.
Her interest in Japanese customs, history, and religion can be traced back to when she first started learning the language at the age of 12, and she is now still minoring in Japanese Studies in university. She finds a community like World Campus important to her forming understandings of the country, on account of being able to learn about Japan not only through one’s own, but other cultural lenses as well. She also likes writing, reading, watching Japanese films and anime, and playing badminton.
Nena Stritzel was born in Belgium. She studied journalism for four years and after her graduation she decided to learn Japanese and now she is a second year student Japanology at the University of Ghent. In her first year she got in contact with World Campus – Japan when Hiro Nishimura came to her University informing about the program. As soon as she heard the stories of her fellow students who went through the program, she knew she had to go too. It was her first time visiting Japan and she had the best experience ever. She believes World Campus is the best way to explore and to get to know Japan in his full glory. Definitely the experience with the different hostfamilies is something unforgetable. She is so happy that she met so many lovely new people that she got really close with. She finds it interesting to meet new people from all over the world, so she hopes to meet a lot of new people this summer and help them have the same unforgetable experience that she had in her summer. And of course that she will have a lot of fun together with them! She is looking forward to meeting you all.
My name is Amalie Holst Nielsen I am 23 years old and from Denmark.
Currently, I am studying International development studies and Business Studies at Roskilde University, where the main way to study is by working in groups. Through my experience in group work, it has taught me the importance of cooperation, compromise and what can be achieved by working together.
Cultural studies and voluntary work have always interested me and have a big influence over the choices that I make in life. For these reasons I travelled with the development organization Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke to Kenya in 2009 and Israel and Palestine in 2012. Through these travels I gained a lot of experience in international group work, and discovered the importance of cultural exchange, which are some of my main interests.
After hearing Hiro-san giving a lecture at my university on World Campus International, I joined the program last summer, where we were able to see a more authentic side of Japan, than you would be given as a tourist, by being invited into people’s home and through local interaction, which proved to be an incredible experience and very learning.
After this trip I was convinced that WCI is an organization that I was very interested to be involved in, in order to be able to give others the same unique experience of Japan that I had been given last summer.
My name is Joakim. I’m Norwegian, I’m currently doing a bachelor in mathematics. I’ve grown to be very found of some parts of modern and traditional Japanese culture, such as visual kei, igo and shogi. This year, I’ll be one of the World Campus –Japan Program (WCJ) counselors!
For me, this is a great opportunity to give back to something that is very important to me. I first travelled with WCJ three years ago, and it was such an impactful experience that I repeated it the following year. My first time with WCJ was the first time for lot of things – it was my first time in Japan, my first time staying in a host family, and my first time meeting people from China, The Netherlands, USA and other places. These are among all unique experiences WCJ has offered and that is very important for me. I hope that all participants this year will also enjoy these unique experiences, possibly for the first time.
WCJ has given me a unique possibility to meet and interact with people from different cultures. In particular, it has made it possible to come very close to the Japanese culture via activities and, most importantly, host families. For me to be able to give something back to WCJ and make sure that you will have just as great experiences as I’ve had is something that I’m looking forward to do.
I can’t wait to meet all of you, and I’m sure we will have an enjoyable time together!
My name is Iris Spruit and I’m from the Netherlands. I will be one of the program counselors this summer and I’m very excited to be part of the staff this year. We will do our best to make your experience in this year’s World Campus – Japan unforgettable.
I have a great interest in Japan and its culture and that is why I’m studying Japanese at Leiden University. In addition, I’m studying psychology, because I have a great interest in people and especially in how the brain works. I really enjoy my studies and my life in Leiden.
It is a great opportunity for me to be a program counselor this year. This will be my third time traveling with World Campus and my second time being a counselor for World Campus – Japan. I had a great time the last two times. The first time I traveled with World Campus International was the first time I went to Japan. I was quite nervous to stay in host families and meet so many different people, but it was just so awesome! My host families were all really nice and I really enjoyed meeting so many people from different countries. I learned a lot about Japan and the world. The next year I was given the opportunity to be a counselor. It was hard work but it was worth it and it was a great experience for me. This year I will be back as a counselor again and I’m really looking forward to it.