"The Come On Out Japan experience was priceless to me. The main benefits came down to three elements. First, feeling incredibly grateful and proud to work with very respectful and sweet Japanese students was a gift in itself. Second, visiting the wonders of Japan, it is just impossible not to be in awe with all the beauty and culture this country has to offer. Finally, meeting intelligent, creative and well-rounded fellow interns from all over the United States, Canada and the UK, many of whom I hope to call lifelong friends made this summer unforgettable. Yes, traveling to Japan from North America was very long and painful. Yes, the internship is unpaid. Yes, I realized I could sweat from body parts I have never sweat from before during rush hour in the Tokyo subway. Would I do it all over again? Absolutely.”
Catherine, University of Toronto
I did not have a clear life mission coming into the program, but now I am certain with the life mission I came up with during the program. Looking at the life mission presentations and of interns and students was very motivational and made me think about myself in a deeper level.
I just can’t emphasize enough how much this program influenced me and how much I enjoyed it. I met amazing people from all around the world, including students from Japan. It was genuinely the best summer I had in my life, and I would 100% recommend this program to my peers and myself to do it over the summer if possible.
Jeff, Senior, Duke University
It was my first time traveling to a different country with an unfamiliar culture. It was honestly intimidating at first, but my experiences in Japan through this program have certainly made changes in my life mission to open the possibility of living and exploring abroad.
Bryan, Senior, UC Berkeley
Although I put my life mission as becoming an international teacher, there were times when I doubted myself and this path as an educator that I wanted to take. But thanks to the wonderful experience Come On Out and Toshin has provided me, I feel more motivated to teach and more confident in the path I want to take.
Justin, Sophomore, Cornell
It gave me the experience to work with such great kids; teaching didn’t seem like a job but more of something fun I did in the week. It made me want to explore teaching even more.
Genesis, Junior, UC Berkeley
"This was one of the best summers I have ever had. Being able to experience the variety of working in central Tokyo, to a high school in the Yokohama suburbs, to the islands of Okinawa with my homestay, was phenomenal. I have never been on a trip to one country and seen such variation in such a short time.
Justin, Senior, London School of Economics
Before the program, I didn't really have prospects as to what I wanted to do in the future. Now, although I don't have a defined path, I am happy to say that the program made me begin to think about the future; the part that changed is that now I don't look at the future with any anxiety, but rather a determination that I will be able to make it work.
Daniel, Freshman, Harvard
This experience changed my life mission because I not only met passionate students in the classroom but also worked alongside very impressive peers from a diverse array of backgrounds all hoping to contribute to the world in a different way.
Danait, Senior, Johns Hopkins
I didn't think that I could make a difference in 5 days, but I always felt that the students were so grateful in the end. My students taught me just as much as I taught them! It was heartwarming being able to talk about their dreams and life missions with them.
Melissa, Senior, UC Berkeley
A new perspective on many things. From school uniforms to social customs. I also learned that I want to teach in the future because of how much fun I had with the kids. Finally, I met SO many new friends. Interns, staff, and even students. Japan ended up feeling like a second home because of how inviting everybody was.
Jakob, Junior, University of Michigan
Ever since I've been back in the US, in my old job, I haven't felt the same. I think it's become clear that Japan is truly a second home for me - somewhere I love enough that I just enrolled in an upcoming semester of online Japanese Level I classes.
Sean, Graduate, Harvard
I got a taste of what being a language teacher is like and learned to be a more effective English teacher and mentor. I felt that, through our conversations, we shared our cultures equally and deeply, and this was a very rewarding experience.
Hana, Junior, Princeton
It was very meaningful. I learned how to "teach" languages particularly, and I learned better how to work well in a group. I got an inside feel for what it's like to teach your native tongue to non-native speakers and I got to enrich the lives of younger students who similarly enriched me.
Jordan, Senior, Michigan
It was a wonderful experience for me. I learned the joys and challenges of teaching -- the former outweighed the latter for me -- and I also learned a lot about myself and Japan. I'm looking forward to being involved in education in the future, hopefully at least a little in Japan as well. Thanks for this opportunity!
Paul, Graduate, Duke
I had the opportunity to learn more than I could have imagined about Japan and Japanese culture. I truly had what I would consider the greatest 6 weeks of my life during the course of this program. Everyone I had the opportunity to work with was incredible, and I also had some incredible experiences with people I met who were not a part of the program.
Frederick, Sophomore, University of Pennsylvania
I think I realized my life mission is to teach. Prior to this experience, I knew I liked education and teaching, but I think this was a really defining point in my life. It was such a defining point in my life that while I waited for my plane to leave from Tokyo back to Los Angeles, I began to write my personal statement for a Masters Program to get my teaching credential! Can't wait to see what is to come.
Melina, Junior, UCLA
Originally, I thought this would just be an English teaching job, but the close interaction with students every week, all the staff and the curriculum itself made it completely different. Every day was interactive and fun. I may have been the teacher but on this trip I felt like I was the student simply because I learned so much from all those around me.
Aimee, Senior, UCLA
From the beginning this program has changed--even helped me create---my life mission.
Mindy, Freshman, University of Pennsylvania
The students I taught were very respectful, highly intelligent and determined. As they spoke about their life missions on the last day of the camp, I was reminded of mine and was given great determination just by listening to their speeches.
Sarah, Sophomore, Columbia
It was wonderful to have such wonderful students...most students seemed fairly motivated and interested. It was also a good opportunity for me to think about, and observe, the effects of the Japanese school system on teenagers' mindsets, habits, abilities and challenges"
Molly, Grad Student, Harvard
I learned a lot about teaching English and what it means to be a teacher and a facilitator for learning. Most importantly, I learned that every person learns English differently and that language barriers don't necessarily bar one from creating a meaningful relationship with another person, as clearly seen in each week's closing ceremony.
Cole, Graduate, Yale