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LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN

LOVE LETTER TO JAPAN

I am writing these thoughts by the desk where our beloved friend Fukky sensei wrote his farewell letter.

Fukky Sensei farewell letter

For the last two weeks, the ISSE Japanese Delegation that visited us shared with us unforgettable, life-changing moments that will be imprinted in our hearts.

Japan at Buena TierraThey taught us that Mexico is shocking and amazing at the same time: they were scared by how driving is done in Mexico City, but surprised by how Mexican people felt inevitably happy when they made others feel happy; they felt overwhelmed by the size of our city but loved every bit of it; they couldn’t believe we eat insects and ant eggs (chapulines and escamoles) but neither could they believe how tasty Japanese food was… cooked Mexican style.

I learned with their visit -and so did everyone who had the privilege to get to know Keiko Nagai, Fujiki sensei, Sana, Eko, Natsumi, Norika, Miyu and Togo- that the heart communicates more deeply than words; that kindness and mindfulness for others are essential in our society, and that a tight hug may bring two completely different cultures together… so close that one feels sad for their physical absence.Japanese visitors at Buena Tierra in Mexico

And… yes… I am, and will always be, IN LOVE with Japan and its lovely, amazing people…
❤️❤️❤️

Thomas Alva Edison School

Thomas Alva Edison School

In the Caguas region, TAES has offered, for over 50 years, a college preparatory education in a safe and family-oriented environment. We validate our philosophy daily and encourage the development of a well-rounded citizen. Students are empowered with a solid bilingual education, having the opportunity to excel in the arts, sports, academics, and leadership positions,… Continue Reading

Bethany School and Mt. Waverley Primary

Bethany School and Mt. Waverley Primary

We learn so much from our exchanges with other schools in the ISSE program. One which really resonated with all of us who visited Mt. Waverley Primary School in Melbourne last June was their recycling program. It was amazing! We were blown away by all they do. We had a modest program already in place… Continue Reading

Ohio-Costa Rica 2016

I loved the experience!!! It was absolutely awesome. Everyone treated me so good. My host is coming today and we even planned vacaciones together!!!! Thanks to ISSE program I had the best experience in my life. I also practiced my English!!!! Continue Reading

My journey to Australia

My journey to Australia

I went to upwey in melbourne, victoria to the Upwey south primary school, it was one of the best experiences of my life since I have never been on australia. I am from Peru and I would like you to participate on this great experience. Continue Reading

Farewell Assembly at Mount View in Melbourne

It is always hard to say goodbye. Today was our farewell ceremony right in the morning. We all gathered in the gym and sat quietly. In the back were all the hosts and their families. The ceremony had begun with both the Australian and American national anthems. One thing that was truly outstanding, was that… Continue Reading

Peru 2012

Im a bit late in telling my story =( My name is Mikayla and I went to Peru in 2012. It was one of the BEST LIFE CHANGING things I’ve ever done in my life. I was able to learn a lot, not only about other people, but a lot about me. Through that trip… Continue Reading

2014 US Australia Exchange – one student’s view

2014 US Australia Exchange – one student’s view

I went to Australia on a student exchange trip in June 2014. I stayed with a host family, in Upwey, Australia for 2 weeks. While there, I went sight-seeing at Sovereign Hill, rode on Puffing Billy, visited the cities of Melbourne and Frankston and went to the beach. I saw lots of different wildlife at… Continue Reading