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Some comments from participants

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Student from Taiwan

When I came to Japan I was surprised at the popularity of volunteerism. For three years I participated in home stay, Japanese language classrooms, and other activities. I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of being in Japan to make Japanese friends. The advice that, if you improve Japanese you will make Japanese friends. So, I hoped that volunteers could help me. It is natural, I think, for those who come to Japan to learn about Japan. Volunteers can be very helpful in this way and in learning about society. I am impressed to how an unrelated person derives meaning in life by interacting with good intentions. In these three years of many different experiences, I learned one thing. No matter how much the person is participating with a voluntary spirit, mutual effort is required for the relations to continue. The volunteer is also an individual person. Enthusiasm is not necessarily communicated. On the other hand, we students must consider that just because volunteer works for free, we shouldn?ft think just in terms of receiving. People may say that Japanese are closed to foreigners, but many individuals and groups are trying to establish good human relations. They offer a new approach to understanding Japanese society. Therefore, we also have a responsibility to make good human relations.

 

Student from Thailand

My course is an international program, and classes and research are conducted completely in English, so at first I thought Japanese was not necessary. However, after a few months passed I realized it was not interesting that I couldn't understand what was being said around me. I decided to take a language class every morning, but after a half year, I was irritated that my listening and speaking ability were still poor. I wondered how I could learn Japanese. I wanted to speak with Japanese people but had no chance. In my lab, when I spoke to Japanese I could only speak slowly, so before I would finish they would complete my sentences for me, or if I said something I was always unsure if it was correct or not. Luckily, my Sempai introduced the exchange program to me, and by meeting with my Japanese volunteer and practicing conversation once a week I gradually improved my speech and talking in Japanese became interesting. Not only did I improve my language ability, but I came to understand the way of thinking of Japanese people. Words are not just words, but also are related to how we act and what we say. Also, I could resolve some confusion about Japanese culture and social expressions. Thanks to this program, my life in Japan became enjoyable!

 

Student from Bangladesh

Through this volunteer program and its activities, I became able to communicate with Japanese students and those from other countries. In this world of global interaction, it is increasingly important to know how other people in the world live, and think about family, society, economics, politics and geography. You can get this opportunity in the International Center Advising Room.

 

Student from China

My partner is a very kind and easy-going lady. She always gives me good suggestions on how to live a happy life in Japan. We meet once a week, and talk about the different culture and customs between Japan and China. Sometimes we exchange different opinions on some specific topics. She helps me a lot for my oral Japanese. This program provides a good opportunity for us international students to improve Japanese, make Japanese friends, and learn Japanese culture, history and customs.



VOLUNTEERS

 

From Volunteer

I am involved with two foreign students. The most enjoyable thing in talking is discovering about a country, culture or customs and differences in lifestyle. I feel that we can relate well in our talks about the future and our dreams. I am happy that since we are both students we have more similarities than differences and our topics match. I want to continue to meet and leisurely enjoy our relationship as fellow students.

 

From Volunteer

Since we are both students we don't meet regularly, but we get together as friends three or four times a month. The main focus is on Japanese language for daily living. We decide together to meet at each other's home, lab, or a restaurant. She will return to home country soon, but I am making plans to go and visit. This has been a wonderful encounter that I hope to continue.

 

From Volunteer

When we first met, she said that she wanted me to help her to study keigo and prepare to take highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. In her home country, there is also keigo, but because it differs from Japanese in form, it is apparently difficult. She also asks many questions about words with similar meaning or usage. When I cannot answer adequately, I try to look it up for the next meeting. This also gives me the chance to think about Japanese and pay attention to my own language use. I look forward to talking about many different things when we meet. Before meeting, I worried whether I could do it well, but actually as soon as we met my tension disappeared and now I hope we can continue to meet for a long time.

 

From Volunteer

We meet once a week in the Student Lounge. It is hard for me to answer her questions about Japanese language, but her kind character helps. I hope to assist those students who choose to study in Japan and who wants to interact with Japanese people. You can learn a lot from direct communication with people from other countries, what you cannot learn from the media. I hope that foreign students can learn to understand Japan and Japanese people better through this program and have good memories of their life here.

 

From Volunteer

I feel it is good to interact with students by a flexible, problem solving approach. I try to be a supporter for her Japanese learning and my stance is not to teach, but to study together as we look up words in the dictionary. We meet once a week and talk about events and read a popular newspaper column.

 

From Volunteer

When we meet I give priority to my partner's thoughts and try not to put pressure on him. The interesting thing is that the interaction with each person differs. When I meet him, I try to maintain an appropriate relationship.

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