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What’s JCI Asia Youth Exchange Program in Fukuyama


JCI Asia Youth Exchange Program in Fukuyama is an international exchange program to contribute to world prosperity and world peace. Children around Asia get together in Fukuyama to experience international understanding and encourage friendship through international exchange. In this year, 2014, JCI Fukuyama commences to invite about 20 children who are 11 years old from Asian countries. Our international exchange program will be held for 5 days, from July 25th to July 29th, 2014, in Fukuyama city, Hiroshima prefecture, with the theme of “Shine our Future,

~ Let's fill the world with smile ~.

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This international program aims to foster children who are innocent and free from prejudice to accept diversity from a fellow human being standpoint by sharing the experiences to overcome differences among nationalities, religions, and cultures. Staying with children in the same generation for a few days under the same roof will allow them to share a lot of time and establish cross-border friendship. That communication among many kinds of cultures and historical backgrounds will let people notice their caring heart ‘OMOIYARI’ and create the world full of big smiles. Let’s connect our passion to realize our better world, and shine our future. Our goal is to “make the world full of smiles” by fostering “children accepting diversity” through youth international exchange.

About JCI Asia Youth Exchange Program in Fukuyama

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This JCI Asia Youth Exchange Program in Fukuyama provides children from foreign countries with a 5-day program while they live under the same roof. This program will lead their mutual understanding having opportunities to feel differences among countries through sessions such as Summer Camp Program, Fukuyama Culture Experience Program, homestay, School Visiting Program, and so on.

* In Summer Camp Program, group activities that foreign children and ones in Fukuyama share time to play with Japanese traditional toys, experience the Japanese custom, and live together will create friendship.

* Fukuyama Culture Experience Program will offer the opportunity to know about Japanese culture and spirituality by cultural activities with local people such as communication, playing games, and sharing meals.

* In Home Stay Program, about 20 foreign participants will be divided into 10 standard homes in Fukuyama to experience the stay for 3 days and 2 nights. Asian children will notice differences in culture, custom, and thinking through the stay with a Japanese family, and then accepting those differences will boost heartwarming and deep communication.

* School Visit Program will allow children to be proud of their own countries as well as learn about cultures in other countries through countries’ introduction during communication between Asian children and Japanese children in the same generation. In addition, they can learn about education in Japan, spirit of compassion, and mutual understanding.

JCI Asia Youth Exchange Program in Fukuyama offers impressionable children experience to stay in different cultures through many activities with children in the same age. After this experience, the children will rethink about their lives and attitudes. Children who accept differences in cultures and understand people from other cultures will make a major impact in the future. Here in Fukuyama, we have our original spirit called Rose Mind. While children are welcomed by Fukuyama citizens with the Rose Mind, the children will feel the spirit of “hospitality, caring, and helping each other,” and be empowered to act with the OMOIYARI sprit. Accordingly, they will contribute to world peace in the future.

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