Hello, my name is Marcel. I am from Austria and 25 years old. I am currently studying Sports-, Culture- and Eventmanagement at the FH Kufstein in Tyrol (Austria) and will graduate this summer. In my last semester I have to do an internship which I wanted to do in Japan and luckily be able to do at Groundwork Fukuoka from March to June 2016.
The reason why I have become so keen on Japan was due to two occasions. First, unknowingly growing up with Anime from Japan in my childhood, it was my passion to these kinds of series and pure curiosity which dragged me deeper and deeper into the japanese culture. After a lot of researching and reading about this totally different culture, I set my mind to visit and explore Japan when I grew older. It took only a few years until my dream could come true. During my studies it is mandatory to do a semester abroad, which didn´t take me long to set my destination. After the registration, planning and booking, I was finally being able to visit Japan und studied for one semester in Osaka in 2015. With a lot of enthusiasm and excitement I travelled around and explored as much as I could. Throughout this great time I really fell in love with this country, which encouraged me on deciding to do my Internship here as well and further enhance my japanese skills and knowledge of the japanese culture.
I am really looking forward to this internship and the next 4 months, which will definitely be a great time in my life.
Written by Marcel
Hello, my name is Sherilyn. I am from Germany, Berlin and I am 23 years old. I am currently studying Sociology and Japanese studies, but I will graduate this summer. Starting from April on, I will do an internship at Groundwork Fukuoka for eight weeks.
I have become interested in Japan back in 2008 through music. When I visited Japan for the first time in 2009, I fell in love with this country. I started learning Japanese by myself, but decided to go to a language school in 2009 here in Fukuoka.
Although this is already my 7th time visiting Japan, it is the first time I am going to do an internship. Furthermore I started studying, as already been said, Japanese Studies and Sociology from 2012 on. During my studies, I have put the focus of my interest into the Japanese society. Besides that, I love the language and the culture. I am planning to write my bachelor thesis about the integration of socially disadvantaged people and marginal groups in Japan, that is why I thought Groundwork Fukuoka, which’s aim it is to work for a barrier-free society in which people can live happily, would be very interesting for me and I could learn a lot.
For my hobbies, I like drawing portraits, mostly of my favorite artists and listening to music.
I am looking forward to this internship!
my name is Maximilian Grunow, I am a 18 years old German form cologne (Köln).
After finishing school last year, I wanted to study geophysics and meteorology at the University of cologne.
But I could not start studying in the winter semester ,because of the change from G9 (13 years at school) to G8 (12 years at school) there were to many students, so I have to start studying in the summer semester this year.
Because I had a lot of time until going to the University, I started to work at my old school as an tutor. After 2 month of working I started thinking about travelling around. The choose of my destination did not last very long and so I started planing my travel to Japan. After a few days I started thinking about what to do in Japan. Just travelling around were one possibility , but because I can not speak very much Japanese this was not the best Idea. Another possibility was to take Japanese lessons in Japan. This was much better ,but 3 Month of doing Japanese lessons only, also was not what I wanted to do. So I decided to take 2 weeks of lessons and doing an internship at the rest of the time. I also decided to take a flight one week before the beginning of my Japanese lessons, because the tickets were much cheaper than a week later. With this decision I safed 400€ (¥56000). After one month of planing, the way to Japan was prepared so that I could arrive at he 12/30/2013 at Fukuoka airport. My intership should be in an organisation called Groundwork. After doing researches about these organisation on the internet I found a lot of positive experiences reports of other people who did an internship in it. So I decide did my intership there.
After arriving at Fukuoka, the first thing I recognised was that the escalator was talking to me, first I was wondering who was talking to me and so I looked around. After a few seconds I realised that the voice was coming out of an speaker at the escalator, at this moment the escalator ended and I, still wondering about the use of these announcement, nearly feld down. Later I found out that the voice out of the speaker has tried to warn me before the end of the escalator.
I am now 3 weekes here in Fukuoka and I met a lot of nice people and I am looking forward to the next 2 month here at Groundwork. I think I will have a great time and that I will meet a lot of nice and friendly people while my internship.
Writen by Maximilian Grunow