For more than 20 summers, our International
Student Program has welcomed students from Japan. This special partnership
started in 1997 and is called Kunei after the school in Osaka, Japan.
This year, 23 Japanese high school students
made the long journey to Winnipeg to practice speaking in English and learn
more about Canadian culture.
During the two week visit, the students live
with homestay families in our community. A half day in spent in the classroom, the other half exploring.
This year’s list of activities included a trip to the Canadian Museum for Human
Rights, a visit to a strawberry farm and even a stop at BDI for a cool treat.
“I think riding the yellow school bus was a highlight for many of the students. It is something they’ve seen on TV and in movies, so it’s a beloved novelty when they come here,” shares Paul Friesen, International Student Program Activities Facilitator.
The group also spent time at a farm near Portage La Prairie. The Japanese students continually practiced English while planting succulents and onions. The day wrapped up with a bonfire and the opportunity to make campfire s’mores.
Visit our International
Student Program website for more information on Kunei and other