University students from the US, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore build cross-cultural understanding, communication, and collaboration skills by working in teams to design and implement a community project in Rikuzen Takata, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
- Learn about Japanese culture through pre-departure training, on-site orientation, and project-based collaboration with Japanese counterparts.
- Understand social issues in Japan through the lens of disaster recovery.
- Develop skills in design-thinking, leadership, and cross-cultural communication through hands-on project-based learning.
- Develop a global perspective on community implications of disaster recovery and natural disaster preparedness.
- Build empathy and connections with peers from Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore
- When: August 31 – September 9, 2020
- Where: Tokyo and Tohoku (northern Japan, the area affected by the March 2011 earthquake & tsunami)
- Who: US students, Japanese students, and students from other universities in Asia
- August 30 (US time) – Depart US for Tokyo
- August 31 – Arrive in Tokyo, short orientation to Ikebukuro area of Tokyo
- September 1-2 – Ikebukuro, pre-departure workshop with Rikkyo University; prep for project, form teams, enjoy Tokyo!
- Rikuzen Takata, Tohoku Region
- September 3-7 – Field work in teams, initial presentations to community
- September 8 – Return to Tokyo, final project presentations at Rikkyo University
- September 9 – Program wrap-up and departure to US
Get a glimpse into the program from past participants!
- The Value of Diverse Perspectives: A Summer in Silicon Valley & Japan, by Dana Zhao (2018)
- Resilience, Creativity, and Community in Tohoku, Reflections from Three Participants (2015)
|The program fee includes:
Total: $1,900 (estimated)
|The program fee does NOT include:
- 100% of US participants strongly agreed that the program was a good way to practice cross-cultural communication skills.
- US student response to question about how student groups can contribute to community revitalization:
- I think that student groups like this can best contribute to Rikuzen Takata’s community recovery/revitalization efforts by sharing their experiences with friends/family.
- These kinds of programs are absolutely amazing. Just being able to leave the country is a blessing, but having the opportunity to give back to the community makes you feel great about yourself. It also lets you see a part of the world that maybe you have never been before and in that case, makes you see the different lifestyles and cultures.