Every year myself and a group of friends would attend a Japanese high school culture exchange programme in London for 5 days. This programme is part of their curriculum where they have to travel to England to practice their English, as well as sight see and conduct a presentation to their group leader (me).
I found the experience fun and I also met a lot of new friends including other students who weren’t part of my group.
Sometimes it was hard to communicate as some students had lower understanding of English than others which meant I needed to be a lot patient with them to think about their answers. Us group leaders tried to play all sorts of games with the students such as hangman, Mafia (they loved this), wink murder, uno, card games, Chadrades, observational games etc. These helped us build rapport with the students and engage with them to use English.
We went to a few attractions in London for a couple of days. These included Bournton-on-the-Water, a lovely little English village that was the home of Brum the little car. The National Gallery, British Museum and Hampton Court. I think Bournton-on-the-Water was the most loved as it captures the beauty of England at best.
At the farewell party we played some mini games including Bingo and Sumo Clap. Afterwards, it was a photo taking session with all the students and at the end they were all singing One Direction’s We’re on fire.
It was a lovely evening with lots of tears and cried of joy.
Many happy memories were made on this trip and I hope to see my group again soon near the end of the year ^^
Have you thought of visiting Japan? Where would be your top places to visit?
With love ,