Satomi Matsuo (Japan)

(Kanda University of International Studies, Korean Language Department~ exchange student at Kyunghee University)

I have been studying at Kyunghee University as an exchange student for about a year, since February 2016. Before coming to Korea I studied Korean language for two years at my university but I felt that I could not reach the level I wanted. That is why I decided to come to Korea for my 3rd year of university. The first semester finished in the blink if an eye. I decided to join Asia Hope Camp organization during my second semester to gain some valuable experience that will help me in my future job search in Japan.


My work in Asia Hope Camp Organization is mainly divided into three. First, I support the Hiroba Korean classroom where students learn Korean language with private teachers. The classroom is operated by Korea Plaza Hiroba. My activities include: communications with the teachers, manage bookings and cancelations of classes, public relations of Hiroba, etc.


Second, I participate in a joined program between Asia Hope Camp Organization and the resident center in Yeonnam-dong, district of Seoul. As a volunteer, I give Japanese lessons to the people of Yeongnam Dong area. While studying Korean I encountered some difficulties and I feel I can use my experience as a student to help other people learn Japanese.

Third, I participated as a team leader in the K-POP Camp that was held in Seoul from November 3 to November 6. The activities of the camp included: Korean traditional clothes experience, visit to the Seoul School of Performing Arts, sightseeing, dance lessons and Korean language lessons. As most of the participants were junior and senior high school students in Japan, I accompanied them as a Japanese staff during the first and third day of the camp. Even though two days was not a long time, we spend good time together and made very good memories.


Thanks to my internship at Asia Hope Camp organization i was able to experience new things, I will do my best after returning to Japan to make the best use of this experience. Thank you to everyone that took care of me.