It was an unbelievable summer. The sempais were specialised in a variety of fields from Philosophy to International Relations to Literature to Art. The camp really gave me the opportunity to try new things. We played ultimate frisbee, football, volley ball and table tennis in our free time at the gorgeous French chateau. The rooms were large, airy and very comfortable and all facilities were provided. Water bottles, tea, snacks, toiletries etc.
All the sempais were very open minded and kind. They were not like the typical teacher. They wanted to know your opinion or idea, and they encouraged you to think out of the box.
I had many new experiences like poetry slamming, gazing at the stars, roasting marshmallows, learning dif card games, drama workshops and having a picnic by the lake in Joigny, France.
The food was amazing- they catered to food restrictions. Halal, vegan, vegetarian and kosher food was provided. Our chefs were Japanese so we got to try their cuisine as well as continental food and French food. They celebrated our birthdays so we had tons of incredible cake, icecream, pizza, grilled meat and other fun stuff. Of course meals uber nutritious too. There was salad and fresh fruit at every meal for crying out loud.
At least once in your life, experience Gakko. It's mysterious, and exciting- they don't tell you what's next on the schedule. So you learn to go with the flow and brace yourself, knowing that whatever will happen will be amazing.
I made many life long friends from across the continent and learnt different ways of thought and behaviour.
I actually cried when I had to leave because everyone felt like family. Omg. Just go, for God's sake!
The sempais were very helpful. I accidentally dropped my phone and cracked the screen. I was so worried but the sempais were so understanding and helped me keep in contact with my family. One of them even offered to get it repaired at the local store!
I suggest if you have time, come a few days before the camp or stay in the country and do some sightseeing. I came a day early and went to the Louvre Museum and ate at a local cafe. It was awesome.
If you are afraid that you won't get selected or that u can't afford to come, don't worry. Some of the campers were actually refugees and came on a full scholarship. I came on a partial scholarship. You won't know until you apply.
Best of luck!