Kaichi Student Field Trip to London 2014

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I participated in the ‘Kaichi fieldwork programme’ this June 2014. This is my second year running and I love participating. This is a field trip for Japanese students in high school (year 10s) to visit England and practice their English proficiency, as well as visiting some sights.

Pulling faces

It was pretty similar to last year but we got to go to Hampton Court this time instead of Windsor Castle. I had a fairly mixed English speaking level for students in my group. I had 7 in total but was technically 6 as one of my kids was ill and had some allergic reaction, so his skin flared up. Since he never felt well, he didn’t participate in group discussions, came to eat with us, nor presented his presentation all students had to prepare for this trip. It was sad for me but I gave them each a little goodie bag full of souvenirs – breakfast tea, shortbread, chocolate, polaroid photo of them and me, luggage tag, plus the tote bag with London design.
I miss my Kaichi group

I hope to visit them next year and shall cherish my memories ^^
Inside Hampton Court

Do you participate in any youth group events?

Xoxo, kekidoll

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  • I think visiting a country is the best way to learn a new language. It forces you to put it into practice, especially in the UK where not many people are multi-lingual.
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    • Agreed. Which means they’re forced to either stay silent, ask friends in their mother tongue or speak to you in English. Best if it were the latter but I had a mixture of language proficiency in my group x

  • oh it seems like so much fun, I’ve never done something like this but it does sounds amazing :)

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    • It was a lot of fun and like a cultural exchange ^^ I want to try to participate in more since its like a mini holiday break for me. ^^

  • What a great experience to participate in! I have to agree with Holly that the best way to learn a language is to visit a country that it is the main language and just be “immersed” in it.

    I always wished that I had more exposure to the German language when I lived there but was on a base where everyone spoke English so I never learned as much as I could have and it’s always been a huge regret in my life.

    When you are young is the best time to learn. When you get older it seems to get harder. Not impossible but harder.
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  • Cat

    That sounds like a great field trip for the Japanese students :) I hope they got a lot of chances to practice their English! Poor guy who got the allergic reaction though. It’s always terrible to miss out during a trip because of something like that. That’s great that you participate in programs like this!
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  • Looks like the students had a lot of fun and the goodie bags sound really cute! Hope you’re able to visit them soon! :)

    • They did and so did I!! I’m saving up to go next year.

  • Oh my goodness! This looks like such a wonderful experience!! I wish when I was in high school they had something like this for us to do! And the goodie bags are such a cute cute idea! I am glad it went well! Poor little guy that got sick though :(.
    Brittney Marie
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    • I don’t think they were expecting little Lindon goodie bags to be fair but there’s a Japanese gift giving culture so I didn’t want to just take >.< I thought its also mini souvenirs for them to bring back home. ^^

  • Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun!

    I was one a similar trip, but I was going *to* Japan. Our group was around the same size, which was great, because everyone got along really well and by the end of the trip, we were all really good friends and had learned a lot.

    I’d love to host those trips like this; sharing the great things about your home country or city is always great!
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    • Ooooh that’s sounds cooler!! I’d love to do something like that! I’m just saving up to go to Japan next year ^^