Japanese Exchange Testimonials

Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Corporation, administered by Youth For Understanding USA. Scholarships are worth more than $11,000 each.

Read about experiences from past scholarship recipients!

"Japan is a great nation with a beautiful culture and beautiful people. Since I was in elementary school I have wanted to visit Japan; now, because of the amazing scholarship I recieved, I have lived that dream. However, I wasn't just "visiting," I was actually living the highs and lows. It was more than I could have ever asked for. I was blown away by every aspect and was always surprised. I received more than any vacation could have given me. I gained a new family, a great group of friends, and relationships that will, hopefully, last a lifetime"

-Kaytlin Talbot

"I could not me more grateful for this life-changing experience. It has taught me so much about acceptance and finding common ground among differences. I loved absolutely every second of my stay, having glided through it without culture shock. It has been the greatest experience of my life so far, as I have built strong relationships that transcend continents, navigated the techniques to locating common ground among different cultures, discovered beautiful art, and immediately loved my Japanese family from the moment I met them. This experience has shown me the world, in contrast to my small farming community, where so many know so little about worldly hardship, difference, and understanding."

-Ysabeaux Ng

"Going to Japan helped me learn a lot about their culture. While I was there, I got to participate in a tea ceremony and festival. I also got to see the "Golden Temple." This scholarship gave me the opportunity to let me go to another culture and learn. This was a once in a lifetime chance."

-Courtney Glasgow

"My experience in Japan was no doubt a once in a lifetime opportunity. The long application process, waiting for a result and overall fear of going was more than worth the memories I've gained. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone who thirsts for new adventure. My trip to Japan has inspired me to try so many new things in life. This opportunity that FCCLA gave to me took my inner flame and ignited it into a firework!"

-Hannah Zickefoose

"One of the most interesting experiences for me was trying new food. Before I left, I promised myself that I would at least try everything once, and I did! My host family let me try many things. I loved most of the food that I tasted. I ate liver, cow tongue, anchovy, octopus, sushi and other unique foods. It was interesting how different Japanese food is from food in America."

-Rebecca Noggle

10 Things to Do Before Going to Japan...

  • Become the proud owner of a passport.
  • Research Japan! Find out all you can about the history, current events, food, customs, pastimes...
  • Get knowledgeable about current events in USA. You'll be expected to be the expert!
  • Brush up on your Japanese language skills.
  • Ask your guidance counselor at school about getting credit.
  • Read American overseas student and parent handbooks, check YFU Web site for resources.
  • Inform your YFU admissions counselor if anything in your life changes.
  • Secure finances at home. Arrange payments, work schedule, bank account with parents.
  • Attend YFU pre-departure orientation.
  • Call your YFU admissions counselor with your questions!

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