筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

筑紫女学園大学 留学・研修現地レポート

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メリルハースト大学

八塚 友菜 さん (英語学科 )

筑紫高校 (福岡)

What This Study Abroad Gave Me
Feb . 2016
Only one week left until leaving for Japan. To be honest, I have mixed feeling. In this last report, I would like to talk about my experiences of service learning and myself.

During this term, instead of taking English classes, I volunteered at two placements; one is at an elementary school and the other is at a hostel. At the elementary school, basically I assisted a teacher at the class for first grade students. At first I had little distance with kids but finally I really enjoyed taking classes, talking, and playing with them. In addition to volunteering as an assistant, I did origami class at many classes. My goal was to get more kids interested in Japanese culture. Therefore during the class, I did brief presentation about Japan and origami first. Every class I had awesome time with kids. Finally many kids came to me, called my name, and hugged me when I met them in the corridor. Honestly I have no plan to become a teacher but that’s why this experience is so valuable in my life.

At the hostel I showed guests a map in Portland and pointed out lots of places for sightseeing. Also, I took guests to their room while explaining buildings and the facilities in hostel. Although this season is slow season, still I could meet and have conversation with many people. There were many travelers from other states such as New York, California, Colorado. Also I met a lot of guests from Japan, Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and so on. Besides, some guests came the front desk when I was there by myself, so then I tried to answer their questions as much as I could. I often made a mistake, but friendly staffs at the hostel always helped me. One of the reasons why I chosen PIA out of several choices was that I was attracted this service leaning program. Through this program, I could learn a lot. It was much more than I expected. In addition to English skill, I could learn American culture so much. I would like to appreciate my teachers at PIA and supervisors giving me such wonderful opportunities.

I think I changed myself through this study abroad. At the same time, I did realize that important things are to take action, stay positive, and be flexible no matter what happens. Just one page is totally not enough to say what I want to say, so I just would like to say “thank you so much” to everyone who I met here and who helped me, especially host family. I am sure this study abroad changed my life.

この留学を通し、多くの素敵な友達、先生、ルームメイト、ホストファミリー、スーパーバイザーに出会うことができました。長そうであっという間だった五か月、本当に数え切れないほどのことを学ぶことができ、自分自身変わることができたなと思います。この留学で身に着けた柔軟性と行動力をこれからのキャリアに生かしていきたいです。こんな貴重なチャンスをいただくことができ、本当に感謝の気持ちでいっぱいです。またここからが新たなスタートなので、前向きに笑顔でこれからも頑張ります
 
 
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