I visited France on a school trip when I was a high school student. We visited churches such as Chartres Cathedral and stayed at the Pilgrimage Inn in Lisieux. Because my high school was a Catholic school, during the school trip we had a chance to meet with local high school students. But when we talked with them in English, we couldn’t understand each other. It was frustrating that I couldn’t make myself understood in English. I regretted that I had not studied French harder before I went to France. I applied for this internship because I want to visit France again and interact more deeply with the local people this time.
During the internship, I want to gain an open mind for accepting different cultures and opinions. Also, I want to develop my own opinions and exchange the ideas with local university students. Last but not least, I want to learn about the culture and economy in France.
We had Japanese class in the elementary, junior high school, high school, and the Marne-la-Vallée. We have introduced ‘OUR CAMPUS LIFE’ and ‘KARUTA’ in the high school and ‘SYURIKEN’ by ‘ORIGAMI’ in the elementary school and the junior high school. I was surprised at the student because the French students know the Japanese ‘’MANGA’’ and ‘’Animation’’ much better than us and because they say Japanese TV programs are very creative. And we found that they know the different point between Japan and France that Japan is cleaner and safer than France.
We had the interviewing for the two women who live in France. We found the different way to take care of the baby and the children between Japan and France and the difficult points to live in France. I think these opinions that serve as a useful reference.
In the rest time, I want to meet a lot of people and spend a worthwhile time.
I found various things while I stayed in France for a month. The streets and the houses in Paris are very beautiful just as the general images. However, I found that there are the Gypsies who beg on the street. I also found that many students we communicated with are immigrated French and only a few are native born French. Judging from such aspects I confronted, I think that immigration problems are what Japan will have in the future.
While I stayed with my host family, I went to the supermarket with them, and they taught me how to cook.
Every day, I made full use of the public transportation, such as a bus, a subway and so on, I experienced an ordinary life in France which I wouldn’t be able to experience if I were merely on a sightseeing trip.
During the internship, I talked with French students in English. I realized that I was lack of the English ability to tell people my ideas in English. After I have come back to Japan, I am determined to brush up my English through my English class. In addition, this internship has motivated me to learn French harder.