The participants begin their program with three months of English lessons in Baltimore before they embark on internships at college campuses across the country.
"Do something that keeps your dream alive every day."
Misato Oi, a sophomore at Kyoto University, shares her experience on the TOMODACHI MetLife Women’s Leadership Program, from discovering new confidence in herself to learning about different styles of leadership during the group’s visit to the United States.
This weekend ten international interns and trainees from eight different countries — representing Peru, Argentina, Egypt, France, Germany, China, Japan and Brazil — came together to explore the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. along with a couple Cultural Vistas staff members.
A great time was had by all! In the words of one participant:
“It was an amazing experience that let us strengthen bonds between an international community, as we are. We learn new cultural features of leaving in US, including what people likes as spies stories, 007, and sports fans, which also we like… As almost most of us are away from our families, let me say that this meeting seems as a global family reunion, with lots of fun.”
We look forward to seeing more international interns and trainees at future cultural events!
As our Kizuna Fellows wrap up their six months in the United States, we sat down with Shintaro to talk about his Kizuna Project experience, including his three-month internship with Visit Baltimore, as well as his experience of the 3/11 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Kizuna Fellow Daisuke Ogata, currently finishing up his internship at the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy in Des Moines, Iowa, was recently interviewed on Iowa Public Radio.
Listen in to hear Daisuke talk about the 3/11 disaster that affected his home in Fukushima, as well as why Des Moines is like his hometown.
"I feel like the event [3/11] gave us new relationships with others. The network among people is expanding, and the distance between people is shortened … I think this event was definitely not good for us, but this brought us good things, like the bond between people.”
Kizuna Project Fellow Yuki Ono talks about 3/11 and her experience in the United States, including her internship with Asian Women In Business (AWIB) on Japan Culture NYC.
"It is an honor to host Daisuke Ogata.His story and spirit inspire us personally and reaffirm our commitment to citizen diplomacy." Read more
Why are we passionate about the work we do?
This morning we received this terrific reminder from our Japanese students who’ve spent the last few months studying English, sharing Japan’s renewed spirit, and are now off to begin summer internships across the U.S. as part of the Kizuna Project.
We LOVED learning more about Japan, its recovery since 3/11, & sharing in the spirit of unity with our Kizuna Fellows earlier today in our DC office.
What does living our mission look like? Here’s a pretty apt example.
Exchange students from Argentina, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland will visit Ridgeway Elementary School Friday to share their home cultures with White Plains fifth graders.