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ISHINOMAKI Group of 3rd Tour From U.S.
 
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Accepting Schools & Organizations comments:
ISHINOMAKI Group of 3rd Tour From U.S.

1."We cannot tell in advance when and what type of disaster will occur."
I want everyone to think about how to protect yourselves and your loved ones.

(Person in charge of the receiving organization: Ishinomaki Social Welfare Council)
I was impressed to see students of the visiting group listening intently to the lectures and explanations given.
I am sure each of the students was left with various impressions after actually visiting the disaster-affected areas.
Because I keenly feel that people cannot tell in advance when and what type of disaster will occur, I ask all of you to think about how you can protect not only yourselves but your families and loved ones in a disaster.
I hope our experience of the disaster will help contribute to your disaster-prevention activities at home.

2.The experience provided a good opportunity for the students to reflect on their English ability and understanding of the Japanese culture.
(Teacher of receiving school: Ishinomaki West High School)
The Kizuna (bond) Project provided a valuable experience for the students of our school.
The students who attended the same class with the visiting students seemed to have enjoyed the exchange very much. For students in the English Study Club, having had difficulty expressing their thoughts in English, the experience served as a stimulation to further improve their English ability.
For those in the Japanese Tea Ceremony Club, the experience served as an opportunity for the students to realize how difficult it is to convey Japanese culture to foreign people and reflect on how much they themselves knew about the culture. If there is another chance, we would certainly like to take part in the programme and deepen our exchanges, and incorporate the programme in our school’s education for international understanding.

3.Through the exchange, I gained the confidence of being able to take on new challenges.
(Student of receiving school: Ishinomaki West High School)
Through this international exchange, I learned that people can get their feelings across even though they don’t speak the language well.
When we met the U.S. students we were silent, not being able to make any conversation, but as time passed, we got used to each other, which I was very happy about.
I was surprised that some students of the U.S. group spoke Japanese, and thought that I also want to be able to speak English in the same way some day. To achieve this goal, it is necessary that I work hard in the English Study Club activities and pay close attention to my English classes.
Through the exchange, I have come to gain the confidence of also being able to take on new challenges. It is important not to give up from the beginning but to make an effort.
Thank you for the valuable experience.

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