Letter to UWP alumni

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

First of all, I hope this letter finds you and your family well!

It has been three years since we established the World Campus – Japan program with the intention to keep the legacy of UwP alive in Japan. During this time, we have successfully done that facilitating 5 seasonal programs in 12 Japanese communities, resulting in 152 globally aware alumni from 32 countries. In that group, we have welcomed over 10 UwP alumni as participants and staff whose involvement and skills were most welcomed and deeply appreciated.

I attached a letter from one of the UWP alumni who participated in the World Campus – Japan program in 2009. She explains about her experience. If this sounds like something you would like to become part of as well, we would love to hear from you!

Come and use your UwP skills in Japan with participants from around the world! You’ll gain unique access to Japanese businesses and politicians as well as institutions of education, culture, and social welfare. You’ll make meaningful contributions by engaging in workshop discussions, presenting your cultural and artistic talent through public presentations as well as the unforgettable host family stays.

We just announced the participating city partners and the program schedule dates for June – August 2010 World Campus – Japan Program and are currently seeking out motivated UwP alumni to participate in part of or all of our program. There are five, two-week sessions running from June 5 – August 30 in 11 different Japanese cities including stops in Hiroshima, Toyota, Nagasaki and Tokyo.

WCJ 2010 Summer Program Schedule

WCJ 2010 schedule

The fee for each two week program is JPN Yen200,000. To make your participation easier, we also announced the participation fee discount program. With this discount, your fee can be as low as Yen120,000 (approximately Euro 910 or USD 1,300.) Please see the chart below.

Special Participation Fee Discount

WCJ 2010 Discount fee

Each two week session will cap at 40 participants, so please check our website at www.worldcampus.org and apply online or recommend quality potential participants soon. Or contact our Enrollment Manager, Yoshimi Hufford (UWP Cast B’97, D’99, D’00, WorldSmart A’04, A’05, B’05, UWP Tokyo Office) at yhufford@worldcampus.org.

I am looking forward to welcoming you to my home country.

Hiro Nishimura



Hiro Nishimura 
UWP Cast B’87, C’89, C’90, ’A91, A’92, A’93, D’93, A’94, D’94, D’95, D’96, D’97, D’98, D’99, D’00, WorldSmart A’04, A’05, B’05

President & CEO
World Campus International, Inc.


Dear UWP Alumni and Friends,

When I ended my years with UWP in 2000 I was ready to settle after a long time of travelling.
While I enjoyed sleeping in my own bed every night and setting up a “regular” life, I still had the chance to take in some UWP-atmosphere here and there, Alumni-meetings, visits of casts in the area etc.
Yet I missed the time, the friends of course and the excitement I always felt before getting into a new city, family and country.
But leaving the regular life is not always easy and I sure did not want to give up too much. I’ve heard about the WCJ program but for some reason I didn’t think any emails with information really applied to me. When I received another email with the new program dates in 2009, I read through it more thoroughly and surprisingly (to me) realized that 30plus is not too old for the program. And that it was possible to join a WCJ program by taking off for only two weeks. That sounded doable in regards to my work-life. And Japan was very high up on me to-be-visited-list anyway. And I knew a foreign country is best experienced by staying with families.
It took me a few weeks to actually sign up. I had some doubts about taking part in the host family event; haven’t been on stage since my student year in ’95 and somehow stepping out of the comfort zone gets harder the older you get.

So I left in March 2009 for spring program #2 of WCI. It was quite a weird feeling when I met the WCJ-group at the airport. But not for long…after not even an hour my mind was “back on the road”. The set up of travelling with WCI and meeting the families is similar to UWP, so it was all very familiar.
Japanese host families seem to take rather just one guest into their house, so the focus is on you – alone! As I was (and still am) so interested in the Japanese culture, I asked questions all the time, about almost anything. Any food that was served and looked unfamiliar I wanted to know the name for, I observed any family rituals, just wanted to take in as much as I could. Not everything was answered as I knew close to no Japanese and my families knew only very little English. But we found great ways to communicate somehow. I was lucky to have families that taught me the do’s and do not’s. And they were really easy going when I accidentally did something you shouldn’t do in Japan.
Besides my wonderful families I really enjoyed the people we got to meet in the communities.
They all wanted to share about their local activities and loved having us there.

It is hard to pick a highlight of my two-week Japan-tour. It was a 2-week-highlight.
Personally I think it was one of the best things I did in a long time. For 2 weeks I got my mind totally off my busy work-schedule and focused on something absolutely new.
As I knew how it feels going to a foreign country and entering some family’s house, I was not stressed about anything at all. It was a vacation of the normal, sometimes too busy life and an inspiring experience. It felt a bit differently than UWP as I was a lot younger then and at a different point on my life. Now I had my settled life which I am very happy with but yet I had the chance to have this wonderful time away from the Norm.
I can only encourage anybody who is interested in the Japanese culture to join the program; 2 weeks or more…it is worthwhile. Yes, you will have little sleep once again, yes, you will have some program rules and yes you will have close to no alone-time. But it is for a short time and very doable.
It’s two different programs but if you enjoyed UWP, you will enjoy WCJ just as much.

Through WCI I had real access to a culture and country I thought was too different from mine to feel home. I was proved wrong, in all aspects. From day one on, I felt extremely comfortable. The program offered a great variety of things to get to know Japan – culture events, visits of businesses, nature walks.
My time in Japan was intense and I really fell in love with the country. Can’t join the next WCJ-program due to timing problems but my next trip to Japan is already scheduled for March, and can’t wait to see my Japanese families and friends.

Birgit Leidenberger
Cast C’95, Cast A, C, D, E’96(Event Coordinator,) Cast E’97, Cast E’98, Cast A’98, A’99, C’99, E’99, E’00 (Finance Trainer & Tour Manager)

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