A group of students from Golden Secondary School are fine tuning their chopstick skills and practicing their konichiwas and arigatos as they prepare to embark on the trip of their young lives.
Nine GSS Students will be a part of a group that will spend ten days travelling around Japan, from Tokyo to Kyoto to Hiroshima. They’ll visit ancient temples, explore lakes and take in historic sites, but the premier cultural experience will entail something else entirely: a stay with a Japanese family.
“They’ll actually get to see what a Japanese family’s home is like and what they eat…a one on one experience with a Japanese family,” said Monica De, one of the trip’s organizers and chaperones. “Living with a home stay family is really going to teach them about the Japanese lifestyle.”
The students will be travelling to Japan as part of the Rocky Mountain International Student Program and will visit the program’s sister city of Annaka, a city near Tokyo.
There will also be a significant educational component to the trip, as the students will be tasked with teaching their peers about certain historical sites.
“They all have to do presentations on each of our destinations, so they learn a little bit about the place that we’re going to and then they have to present it to the students on the trip so that we can all learn a little bit about our destinations,” De said. The students are leaving for their trip today.