After 5 years of dating, one of the World Campus – Japan alumni, Jotter Verhaeghe (Spring program’08) from Belgium married to Hatsumi who was involved in the World Campus Japan stay in Kumamoto in 2008. It was a very nice reception with many guests from Belgium and Japan including World Campus Japan host families from Abiko, Suita, Omura and Arao as well as World Campus Japan alumni. Congratulations, Jotter and Hatsumi!!!
I think back on my World Campus International trip on a regular basis, and each time feels like a dream. It’s hard to believe all those adventures actually happened. Swimming in rivers, doing meditation techniques, seeing Tokyo to its fullest extent, and so much more. Ever since I was in middle school I wanted to go to Japan, and now that I’ve gone there I can’t think of any other way of going other than WCI.
While waiting to board the plane to Japan, I can honestly say this program was not what I was anticipating in any way. I was expecting to meet students who were also interested in Japan and to explore the language and culture and get immersed, but what happened was about a million times better. From my 2 sessions there I made some of the best friends on this earth and shared some really intense experiences. We formed bonds through hardships, laughter, and adventure, and I will never forget it or any of them. The easiest way to describe it is each day we get to go some place or do something amazing, all the while in the midst of friends who are all laughing and having the best time of their lives. All of this happening while learning Japanese, getting to know the culture, and the every day lives of the citizens there.
Going to Japan was a life changing experience for me and I will never forget it or the friends I made from different countries, or the connections of the families I lived with and became part of. Thank you World Campus International, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Morgan McCulloch (U.S.A)