KIZUNA CAMP 2017 – Day 12 [アメリカ人高校生交流サマーキャンプ@UCSD]

Day 12- Saturday August 5th, 2017

Sunny (87°)

7:30am- 8:30am – Breakfast at 64 Degrees

9:00am – 11:00am – Group Cultural Project Workshop and Presentations

11:00am – 12:00 pm – UCSD Bookstore Final Visit

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Lunch at 64 Degrees

1:30pm – 4:00pm – Farewell Beach Party at Mission Beach

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Kizuna Camp Certificate Ceremony

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner at 64 Degrees

Free Night & Packing for Departure!

Can you all believe it is our last day at UCSD?!? We have finally come to our last day in San Diego for our Kizuna Camp! It feels like it went by so quickly!!

In the morning, we had our Cultural Project Workshop! Students were given time to work together to finish their posters and their scripts. We were joined by our Classroom Assistants (Griffin, Kim, Morgan, and Ashleigh) and we had 2 College Students (Ben and Zach) helping students as well.

It seemed most students were very nervous for their presentations, but they were able to get help from all the Americans! Our first group presented about the differences between food in Japan and America. Students explained the differences in sizes and about how American portions are huge!!

For our second group, they presented on American and Japanese fashion. They talked about how American fashion is more colorful, and how Japanese fashion uses simpler colors. I also learned about “Gaucho Pants!” Very interesting differences!!

Our next group presented about School Life in Japan and America. They talked about rules, lunch, commute, and much more. Some students in the group travel around 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to school! That is quite the journey!!

For our fourth group, we learned about traditional instruments in Japan and America. It was interesting to hear about the Shamisen and even Kabuki! I learned a lot of interesting things about how similar some of the instruments are to American instruments. Very impressive research!

For our last presentation, they presented the difference between American and Japanese homes. It was interesting to learn about Japanese addresses and the differences between bathrooms. It was a great way for the audience to learn about Japanese homes 🙂 Great job!

After our presentations, we went to the Bookstore one last time for last minute shopping… and some Starbucks! The coffee helped everyone to get ready for the party after lunch!!

For our beach party, students had the chance to go swimming, play at the beach, and play sports with our American students 🙂 Most students ran to the beach as soon as we arrived because it was a very hot day!!

Some students also got to play volleyball, frisbee, and more! It was a great way to conclude our Kizuna Camp with American Students!!

After playing in the sun, we all gathered together to hand out the certificates of completion to all the students. Everyone did a great job during this camp and really pushed themselves to improve in English. I am so proud of everyone 🙂

The longest event was taking all of the group pictures! Students were all exchanging LINE IDs and taking great pictures with each other!

It was great to see all the smiles on everyone’s faces! Some students were feeling sad about saying goodbye, but they were all happy about being able to get to know each other 🙂


The hardest part of the day was getting all of the students off the bus and saying goodbye to the American students! It was hard to separate everyone and everyone was feeling sad saying goodbye to all the new friends they made over these past 12 days. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to most American students today.


Although everyone was sad to say goodbye, students still had a great time at the beach together! This was a fun day to be a part of because you could see the strong bonds everyone has made in such a short time. It really shows how hard everyone worked together throughout this program. I really can’t express how proud I am of every student that participated in the camp! They have all done such a great job and they should also be proud!!

Tomorrow, we will go to Disneyland and will have 2 American students join!! I have a feeling we are all going to have an amazing time tomorrow 🙂

Thanks for reading and have a great night!




8月5日(土) 晴れ 87℉/30℃