Hello, My name is Samantha and I will be an intern at Groundwork Fukuoka for the next five weeks. I am an American from Washington, DC and have been studying Japanese at Asahi Nihongo, a small school in Tenjin for the past seven weeks. In May of this year I graduated from American University with a Master’s degree in International Relations.
Like many gaijin, it was anime and manga, which first sparked my interest in Japanese culture and language. In 2000 and 2001 I had the opportunity to visit Japan, first as a tourist in Tokyo and then as a high school exchange student living with a Japanese family in Kagoshima. This is my third and longest stay in Japan. In total I will be spending 3 months here in Fukuoka. I will return to the US in November, but intend to return in the New Year to continue my Japanese language studies.
I have been studying Japanese in earnest since 2009. Since I was also a full time student in graduate school and working at a part-time job, I studied Japanese on my own. After graduation I decided to spend an extended period of time in Japan in order to significantly improve my Japanese language skills and immerse myself in the culture.
I am looking forward to working with Groundwork Fukuoka, providing assistance in their efforts to protect and improve the environment in Fukuoka. Despite my limited knowledge of Japanese, I hope to contribute something to their efforts.