Magnus Krumbacher is German and Norwegian but has lived in Norway for most of his life. He is currently a university student who is majoring in informatics. His interest in Japan was sparked sometime in highschool, during which he attended a Japanese language school. The great experiences from participating in the program twice enabled him to take a gap year in Japan after graduating highschool. During this year he participated in World Campus once more. Hoping to provide participants with the same great memories and experiences that he was provided with, he will be serving as a program counselor for the 2020 program.
His responsibilities will include assisting the technical management and making sure everyone has a meaningful and unforgettable experience.
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!