We had to chance to interview a young and highly motivated intern from America! Kianna talks about her experiences at Summer School Wallaby.
Why did you choose Asahi Nihongo?
A few years ago, my brother and I went to Asahi Nihongo to learn Japanese and we really liked it here. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to come back for an internship and gain some working experiences abroad.
Why did you pick this internship?
As I like to play with children and intend to become a teacher in the future, an internship at English Kindergarten Wallaby seemed to be a great opportunity to try out how it is to work with young children.
What were your tasks?
Due to the summer school my work normally started in the afternoon. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. we offered a so-called activity time to the children. During this three hours the children could be creative and make their own crafts, for instance, painting on some shopping bags. I usually prepared the materials beforehand, assisted the children and cleaned up everything afterwards.
Then, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. we had our English class. In the summer, we mainly played easy to understand games in English, so I helped the English teacher to conduct the lesson.
Beside the handicrafts and lessons, we also undertook some trips to different places in and around Fukuoka. For example, we went to the Kyushu National Museum in Dazaifu, bowling or even ice skating. It was always a lot of fun!
Were there any (cultural) problems you had to overcome during your internship?
No, there weren’t any problems I can think of.
What do you like the most about your internship?
I guess, I enjoyed the activity time the most, because I felt that I can do something useful for the children.
And how do you like Fukuoka?
Fukuoka is a really nice place with lots of delicious restaurants and good shopping facilities.
Do you have any tips or recommendations for people who might want to do an internship?
In my point of view, being open-minded and having a positive attitude towards children and your work is the key to a successful internship. If you have a flexible personality, such an internship suits well to you.
Program: Unpaid Internship
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