Alumni Spotlight: Jacqueline Straumann

She is 49, loves traveling, foreign cultures and new experiences. Is open for everything new.

Why did you choose this program?

It was a great wish to experience Japan, but not only as a tourist. I started learning Japanese 2 years before and this program offered an opportunity to support my language skills. I was keen to learn with others and additionally visit the country and learn more about its people. Best decision ever!

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Beside the flight and my private topics everything was organized by World campus Japan. We met at the airport and from there I had nothing to organize until back to the airport for the flight back home. All transfers, events, visits are well prepared and the locals look forward to exchange their experience with you.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Enjoy! This is the best and easiest way to learn Japanese. Interact with locals, learn about the culture, visit special places and make friends. I don't know something comparable. At one or two points I thought will this become interesting or fun? Yes! From every meeting or event I walked away with a positive impression.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

For example: Breakfast with the homestay family. Meet the group and transfer to a university. Exchange of information from both sites, small group discussions. After that visit a Kendo-training show at the university campus. Walk back trough the town and enjoy the evening with your friends or family. The program is tough and the days are long, but full of fun and great experiences!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

Are my language skills good enough? With electronics and dictionary support it is almost no problem. Sometimes we had a lot of fun, having a kind of competition who finds the word first. This program is not a school where you sit and have a teacher in front. You learn while talking to locals, listen to a governor or visit a religious site.

How was it interacting with your host family?

I never expected such a close insight into the families life. As a normal tourist you never has this opportunity. So if you a interested in a deeper glimpse I recommend to enroll for World Campus Japan. It was the best organized trip I ever had. The support by locals and students makes it as easy going as it feels like.