Report of 3rd batch volunteers (August to November 2014)

Overcoming Inevitable Culture Shock

Overcoming Inevitable Culture Shock

It has been a privilege to be one of the participants of this partnership between JOCA and AUC. It is platform for positive collaboration between African states and Japan and an avenue to: gain a better understanding of how each society works, its unique challenges and the approaches to the issues that are vital for a healthy society.

Experience in Japan (Eric Porgo from Brukina faso)

Experience in Japan (Eric Porgo from Brukina faso)

Ever since my discovery of Japan at the age of 9 years old through the word famous-cartoon “Dragon Ball Z”, I have always been fascinated by that country and it was my 'a must go destination'. My dream for the discovery of Japan became real on 24th of August 2014, when I landed at Tokyo Nartita Airport.

The best of both worlds (Nelly Farah Nguegan from Cameroon)

The best of both worlds (Nelly Farah Nguegan from Cameroon)

I found the opportunity to be a bridge between two worlds through the Japan Overseas Cooperation Association (JOCA). I am coming from Cameroon, the land of Samuel Etoo, Roger Milla to Japan, the country of Sony and Toyota. I feel entrusted of a mission just like an ambassador which may actually be the best way to put it.

Five members of the third batch volunteers from JOCA - the Africa Union Commission Volunteer Collaboration Programme - arrive in Japan

Five members of the third batch volunteers from JOCA - the Africa Union Commission Volunteer Collaboration Programme - arrive in Japan

On 25 August, five volunteers, from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Tunisia, attended the first day of the volunteer programme. Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) leads the programme in cooperation with the African Union Commission. When opening the programme, JOCA President Yozo Kaneko remarked to the volunteers, “I expect each of you to apply your experiences and skills to revitalise local communities in Japan and deepen the cross-cultural understandings between African countries.”

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