The Japan Empowerment Program is a fantastic way to see Japan! Honestly, my main incentive for applying was to get a free trip to Japan in return for the work we would be doing. However, after completing the program I can honestly say that the work was the best part! You are there to empower students, but seeing how much each and every student is able to grow towards their best selves over the course of just a five day session is truly awe inspiring. While the program has an intense schedule, and I was quite exhausted by the end of the time there, all the challenges were well worth it! GPI US and ISA staff were extremely helpful throughout the entire program and really helped me begin to understand Japanese hospitality and work culture. On the whole, this is a great program that I would highly recommend to any one interested in Japan or the fields of teaching and education.