Age: 13 to 17 Years
Number of Students: 35
Type of School: High School
Groups Studying In Ireland
Japanese students make an educational and cultural trip to Ireland
In the summer of 2012 Equinox Education Services in association with ISES JAPAN designed and ran a tailor made academic short term program for a Japanese School at Kilkenny College, Kilkenny, Ireland. 35 boys and girls ranging in age from 13 to 17 came with their 2 teachers to the medieval city of Kilkenny and undertook a program that ran from July 25th till Aug 10th.
During the program the students learnt English as well as a variety of educational and cultural activities. Students stayed with local host families and were joined in classes each day with Kilkenny College students who acted as conversational partners or “Buddies”.
This Japanese School has sent students to USA, Australia, UK and Canada but this was the school’s first visit to Ireland.
The program was a huge success for all involved and is the start of a long term relationship between Kilkenny College and the Japanese School. Key to the success of this program was the extensive experience that we at Equinox Education Services have in running such programs. By working closely with both schools Equinox came up with a truly unique and bespoke program that not only made sure all students had a rewarding time but that the foundations were laid for long term relationships and it is hoped that students from Kilkenny will also visit Japan.
A Typical day in the program:
08:00 : Breakfast with Host Family
09:00 : Arrive at Kilkenny College for Classes
09:00 – 11:00 English Class with Irish Students as conversation partners
11:00 – 11:30 – Break
11:30 – 13:00 Class about Irish Culture
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch on Campus
14:00 – 16:00 – Activities like Sports, Guest Speakers & Cultural Visits
16:00 : Evening – Free Time with Host Family
During their visit the students had the opportunity to visit Dublin, Waterford, Newgrange, Knowth, Kilkenny Castle as well as experience local sport and cultural highlights. In addition some students went on local radio to talk about their experience in Ireland.
When it came time to leave there were many tears and quite a few of the visitors are interested in returning to Ireland to study long term while all students expressed an interest to visit again.