Alumni Spotlight: Valeria Chavez Klier


Why did you choose this program?

I wanted to go to Japan to live the culture, food, and lifestyle. I was a little bit nervous about the language and the country, so I wanted to have someone there who could help me with all my questions and problems. This program offered me all these options and more. After talking with them, they gave me the confidence that I need it to go.

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

The program helped me to find a suitable internship, convenient accommodation in relation to my internship, visa paperwork, transportation, Japanese classes, small trips every week and 24/7 support. Whatever I needed, no matter how small, complex or silly, they helped me with everything. The members were really kind and always happy to help.

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

To take some Japanese lessons before going. Not all people speak English. Also, to bring an empty suitcase because there are so many interesting things. In the end, I had to buy an extra suitcase for all the presents.

Do not be afraid of trying new and exotic things. Also, to go out and explore more on your own.

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

Never boring. Sometimes can be a little bit hectic, but is just so many things and so many places to see. You will never get bored in Tokyo.

Also, there are so many options for day trips and, of course, long trips. The train connections are great. There are so many options for all tastes. I explored so many things and met so many people.

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

The language. I did not speak any Japanese before going. It was needed, but I found a way to make myself understood. Also, the program provided me with some lessons in basic Japanese. Also, having Japanese friends helped a lot. In the end, I could understand and read some important words and wrote my name in Kanji.