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The important thing
“Cross Culture Activity 2016” was held in Bali, Indonesia. I really had a great time at the CCT camp with all wonderful friends from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan. Bali and especially the island of Lombok was such a lovely place. We enjoyed the sea, beaches, spicy food, and the culture. I believe that “Sing Out Asia Family” is a great, awesome, community full of happiness. I started to join the “SOA” when I was a junior high school student. I have met many wonderful people, have gotten many good experiences and memories since then. I’m really sure that “SOA” gives me a lot of influences and also changing myself.
The first thing that I realized from the CCT in Indonesia is “to take the leadership is not easy and simple.” Because of my second participate for SOA CCT program, I tried to take the lead of Japanese members as I can, and wanted to make many things go well. But indeed, when I concentrated on one thing, I could not see how other people were doing or how other things were going. This weakness of myself was not discovered on my own, the person who participated from other countries told me to get noticed. After that I asked myself “what is the most important thing for good leadership?” Then I thought, “to make everyone feel good, happy, and if they are satisfied, that must be the best situation.” If that friend didn’t tell me about my wrong action, I could not notice it myself, and maybe I continued in an incorrect way.
The second is about “my way of thinking.” During the stay in Bali and Lombok, I often compared things with my home country, Japan. I draw a comparison kind of the quality between in Indonesia and in Japan. I noticed that I didn’t think about the background of people who live in that place, in that country.
When we visit foreign countries, obviously we will know that the language is different and the culture is different in each country, but it’s very difficult to consider invisible things; how they make their livings, how they grow up and how they spend their lives everyday. These are very tiny things but if we get to think from their ground, I think that we can change our behavior in each different country.
Lastly, I hope that many programs in SOA will keep continuing, and our friendship will last forever.
This nine days, feels so short.
Here i want to tell you about my Trip with SOA (Sing Out Asia).
But first i want you to know that at the begin i was so nervous about this Trip, because i realised that i had a bad English-Speaking ability.
I was took off from Jakarta on March 15th 2016 with Adnan. As soon as we arrived we instantly get picked up by Oky and Dimas. We weren’t visit the Hotel that we stayed the night, but we came to the restaurant because we haven’t eat anything since the morning in Jakarta. After that we went to the Hotel and we prepared the places material that need to presented by Indonesian Team.
In the night me and Adnan stayed focus to do our presentation but then we saw someone who look so confused. I think he’s also the participant but i didn’t know his name. Tomorrow, i just known the fact that he’s Robin, the person who came from Malaysia and he’s also one of the participant on this Trip.
We lived out this A Cross Culture Program for nine days in Bali and Lombok Islands. On the 1st day, we felt so busy because the 1st day is the day that CCT friends who were come from another country. They came not directly together, they divided into some small groups. They came with the jet-lag and the hungriness feeling. Our job is to take them and introduced them to local food.
At first i felt so hard but at the end we felt happy too after we take them to get some food. Day by day as our own country delegation we became bestfriend to each other. Me, Adnan, Ina, Fira, Oky dan Dimas sat seperately on the Trip to saved time to presented the places that we were visited. During the Trip we got some new friends, they are Corn, Ti and Tomoya. During the activity, i got the roommate with Ryuuji and Ti. I tried to build a funny conversation but i can’t because of my bad English. But, then i realised after joined this activity the way i communicated with other not only by Speaking but we can talk by body language.
This nine days, feels so short. It feels like i finally got new friends but should get seperate again. I really feel so happy that i can showed them some heaven scenes in Indonesia. I’d like also to see the heaven scenes in their country.
I feel so grateful to became their guide. Feel so honor to me. Everyone on this Trip have a different personality. One have a funny languange, like Thailand languange, but also i want to learn their languange. Then, there’s a participant from Japan. I was imagining Japan like a country that have full of cartoon. One of my friend called them anime. From that participant i got some views about that Country. From his stroty i think Japan is also a country that have a beautiful culture. I’d like to know more about their country too. Come and learn their culture.
I really hope that we can chill and do crazy things again that we have done before. Thanks for coming to Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.
I LOVE YOU SOA FAMILY ♥
Alfira Maya Jelita
Hello, my name is Alfira Maya Jelita but everybody calls me Fira, and this is my story with my new family.
When the first time I heard about Sing Out Asia, I thought it was about a singing program or somekind music training combined with Asian culture, but I was wrong. Sing Out Asia is more than that. It teaches you how to communicate, to speak up, to sing about yourself to be the voice of Asia. Being a part of SOA is one of the greatest happiness I’ve got so far. Although SOA’s CCT program this year was held in Bali, my home country, it felt like I was in another place, I think it’s because the whole new valuable experience. Having interaction with foreigner was not my first experience, but being together with these people was special.
I was the last participant who arrived at the hotel where the program was held. So it’s very unfortunate because I couldn’t introduce my self formally to the others. I was very nervous to find out who’s gonna be my roommate and I was anxious thinking she’s gonna like me or not. But thankfully, I met a cute sweet Thai girl named Namtan. I was so happy to be her first roommate. Next morning, when the first training started, I was so curious to know what kind of training we were going to have. But then, it turned out to be very fun and cheered the day.
We were told to do a lot of things but in one condition, we were not allowed to talk. So all we could do was communicate in gestures. This kind of training thought us to be one team to manage the goal of the game, no matter the condition was. The next game was about a card game. We were devided into some groups to play the game in different tables. And the result was stunning but confusing. Every table had different rules, in some conditions we had to change tables to join another group, I my self was in three different tables and all of them had different way to play the game. This game thought us to adapt ourselves in new environtment and how to blend in with other people.
Beside doing some games, we also had to do an interview to each other with non-verbal communication. It showed us that languages were not a problem, we still could know each other in different way. And there was a list of questions, we were asked to write down our achievements, failures, and everything about ourselves. It’s the best way to know ourselves better then ever before. The next training is one of my favourite part, it’s the talent show. The Vietnamese sang their traditional song which was very nice, the Thai performed a dance which was very fun and entertaining, the Japanese and Malaysian performed a dance too and it’s so funny and kawaii hahaha, and they also demonstrated to do a Japanese calligraphy. Meanwhile, the Indonesian team including my self demonstrated to do batik, I was so happy because everybody seemed to be excited, we also taught them how to make one. By the way, I’m sorry if the result was not as good as you guys expected hehe.
The last game I want to talk about is the bafabafa game, it’s one of the best game we played during the training. It was about two different countries with different cultures, they were the Alpha country and the Beta country. We were devided into these two countries and played our role as the citizen based on the culture. Each country had to observe about the culture of the other country. It’s so frustating at first, but it’s so fun at the end because it taught us to appreciate another culture.
In the fourth day of the program, we went to Lombok. We spent 5 hours to cross the sea to get in to the Lombok Island. We did a lot of games together, at this point, we’ve had getting closer one to each other. I had my second roommate, she’s a funny pretty small Thai girl named Nicha, I felt so happy to have her as my roommate. In Lombok, we visited a lot of places, like Gili Trawangan, Mawun beach, Sade village, some temples, etc. We played some games at night and sing the “we are unity”, I shivered at the first time I heard this song, especially in the line “we are one but we are different, we’re from all around the world, se share the same sun, we share the same ocean...”, it’s my favourite song now, I couldn’t stop singing haha.
After three days we spent in Lombok, we went back to Bali. I got my third roommate, a beautiful friendly Thai girl named Wee, she’s like a big sister to me. On the last day of the program, we had a farewell party. It’s the saddest moment of all time in the program. I just wanted to freeze the time for being together a little bit longer with these amazing people.
There were a lot of unforgettable moments I can’t mention one by one. One of it was about the spicy meals, we always ate spicy food since the first day, everybody was like couldn’t stand of it anymore but it’s the funniest part hahaha. The food were delicious but very spicy, but that’s ok, we loved it hahaha.
I would like to thank every body, especially Hatano sensei, Hiro sensei and Daisuke sensei. Thank you very much for this amazing valuable experience. And also for all of my friends, Wee, Pepper, Palm, Korn, Namtan, Nicha, Jeannie, Khaimook, Nick, Emi, Tomoya, Ryuji, Takato, Maki, Sachiko, Sayuki, Sue, Hien, Ti, Robin, Dimas, Okky, Adam, Ina, Adnan, Hilmi, Maureen and our lovely guide Mr. Wilman. I realize we still barely know each other, but all of you has already like a family to me.
I have a very memorable experience with SOA, so I hope it can be more worldwide and more success. SOA means a lot to me, I believe that every people has given me something new to learn. SOA family taught me about friendship, family, and even life. I hope I can join this program again next year, and I can’t wait the opportunity to meet every single person of SOA family again someday somewhere. Please keep in touch, I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH.
We are cosmopolitan or global citizen
After I have participated in many cross culture training exercises, I would give these three words; challenging, interesting and fun for Cross Culture training exercises. Most of the exercises are challenging because I have to think critically to figure out the answers and also use observation skill and intelligence as much as I can. Teamwork is very important when we have to work in a group. All members have tried to co-operate together even we have a gap of language sometimes.
The exercises were fun more than I had expected. Most of the games taught me how to adapt myself to various kinds of people. Simulations could be compared to real life because nowadays we are not only our own country’s citizen but also we are cosmopolitan or global citizen.
By the way, as we have visited to many places, I really enjoyed visiting historic places because I have studied about these places at my university but have never seen the real ones before.
My other impression is the trip was well organized. During the tour, I think we all were got much knowledge and entertainment at the same time because our tour guides were excellent.
All in all, this trip was amazing and full of experiences.
Lastly, I have 2 suggestions which are CCT program should be held continuously every year and it should be promoted more.
A memorable experience for me
Ramita Kaewthammanukul “Namtan”
First, I would like to say that this 9-day trip was a memorable experience for me. Getting to know friends from different countries was challenging, at first, but fun. On the very first days, there were Cross Cultural Training activities, both verbal and non-verbal. Some of them were new to me, for example, trying to find out things about your partner without talking or using any words. It was challenging because I cannot speak or write any words. Also, there was an activity, which I cannot remember the name of it, that participants were divided in two groups (or villages) and each of us had to find out about other village and discussed it in the end of the session. I like this activity very much because I can reflect a lot from this activity. One of the villages is similar to the modern world and I made me question the way we live. Through these activities, we got to learn about each other bits by bits and it is good because we can get closer to each other.
Apart from the CCT activities, there were a lot of sightseeing in Bali, Lombok etc. It was a good time seeing new places with friends. The food was good almost every meal. The place we visited was exotic and interesting. There were some discomforts during the trip but that was part of the experience. Although, I think that the itinerary was a little bit tight. It would be great if it could be more flexible.
For the suggestions of future CCT exercise program, I think that the current program is good. But maybe there could be an activity that could help us to know and remember each other names better because it is hard to get to know everyone and I did not know some of the participants until fourth or fifth day. Also, I think there should be a discussion or reflection after every major programs because the schedule was tight, I felt that we were going a little bit too fast. That was my thoughts and suggestions for this CCT in Bali 2016.
‘Friendship’ that cannot afford by money
Kanyarat Treesat (Palm)
‘Bali? Indonesia? Is it good to stay?’ It is the first thought of mine when I know about the place for this program for the first time, but this year SOA made me realize that I was wrong. Now I am going to tell you about what I have gotten and what I have learned from this cool camp!
In the first two days of the program, we all attended the Cross Culture Training (CCT) which I thought that it was very good activity. It was like the academic ice-breaking activity that a little bit different from the one that I did in my university. By the way, this Cross Culture Training made me think about myself deeper, get to know myself better and get to know another more by the games which we were supposed to talk and communicate with another people. I think this activity is really good one and I will develop and use it for the following events in my faculty.
In the rest of session, we all participants went to so many places in Bali such as the local temples which we learned about the lifestyle, religion, history and believes of Indonesian. We also went to Lombok island and another beaches that really reminded me of my motherland especially the beaches and the seas but I thought every place had their own specialties and charms. Moreover, I was really glad that everyone enjoyed my suggestion to snorkeling in Lombok island. Besides, we had the chance to try Balinese dance. It was very hard for me! I thought I was working out that time. And we also went to see famous traditional dance of Bali, it is called Kecak dance. I enjoyed this show a lot because I studied some part of this story in high school and I am the big fan of this epic poetry.
Actually, there were so many things that we all did together. In every activity we spent time together made us gradually get to know each other more and more although originally we are from different countries and speak different languages, we communicated by English. At first I really felt awkward and did not know how to do even if I am the activity obsessed student.
With days passing by, I opened my mind wider, broke out from my comfort zone and learned how to live with another new people well. By the way, If I had a chance to run this program, I would prepare more competitive games/activities (such as Walk Rally) to make it funnier and make all members to work as the team because I think it is good way of making people closer.
I would like to say that I really love this camp because it was not traveling trip with foreign friends but it gave us all the chance to exchange each other different languages, cultures, believes, attitudes and gave me the time to re-think about myself again and again. Finally, the best thing which I got is ‘Friendship’ that cannot afford by money. Thank you for the great experience.
This program was really amazing !
Since i saw the photos about SOA program last year i thought it was such a interesting program to join. So this year I decide to apply to this program and hope that I would be counted in one of SOA's member. Finally the result was come out and i could do it !!
9 Days in this program was really amazing ! I met a lots of new friends from other countries and this is a good chance to exchange our culture. For ‘Cross Cultural Training Exercise Program’ in first two days , it’s very fun and useful. It’s not just the game but it also like a lesson to learn to adapt for using in the everyday life. In some exercises made me to think about myself who really I am and what I gonna do next. I do love ‘Simulation Exercise’. It was very fun and I like that it like the game imitated from ‘Capitalism Society and Patriarchy Society’ so I could learn about the political from this game as well.
Moreover This program gave me the opportunity to see a lots of wonderful places in Bali and Lombok. I saw the things I’ve never seen before. So if I have a enough time and enough money , I bet, I will go to Indonesia again.
Every second in this program was really wonderful. I enjoyed of everything so much. Friends are the best things, I receive from this program and I promise to myself that I will try very hard to meet them again.
I have to say that SOA program is the one of the best time in my life and I never regret to be in this program
Understand more about ourselves
1. your feeling about Cross Culture Training exercise program (17 and 18 March)
2. your impressions of our trip in general.
3. your suggestion(s) for future improvement of this program.
What communication really needs is not language skills but passion for communication
1. My feeling about Cross Culture Training exercise program
I feel that the program was very interesting and thoughtful. At first the content was so simple that we do not need to think so much. However it became more complicated as the program advanced, and lastly we negotiated without any words in the program. The program in the beginning like treasure passing game needed only the five sense, but in the negotiation game, the last game in this program, we had to analyze the other’s words and make a profitable situation. I think this change make us easier to appreciate non-verbal communication.
2. My impressions of our trip in general.
This trip was my first cross cultural experience, so it was very fresh and enjoyable. At first I felt nervous because I cannot speak English well, but other participants are friendly and I made friends in this trip. I realized that what communication really needs is not language skills but passion for communication.
3. My suggestion for future programs of CCT
In this program, Indonesian host members and teachers contributed to the success of CCT2016 so much. I deeply thank them, but at the same time I think that the burden was very unbalanced. We should divide work in the future CCT.
私は自分の英語に自信がなく他国の人たちとしっかりコミュニケーションを取れるかとても不安だった。そんな中迎えた、Cross Culture Training、外国人の方々と言葉を使わずコミュニケーションを取るアクティビティーをたくさん行った。もちろん私はそのような経験は今までに一回もなくとても緊張したが、実際にそれらのアクティビティーをやってみると、言葉を使わないからこそ面白いのだと感じた。相手の気持ちを読み取ることがそれらのアクティビティーには必要なのではないかと思った。アクティビティーを重ねるごとに、なんとなくお互いに打ち解けられた。すべてのアクティビティーを行って、コミュニケーションを取ることにおいて言語を使うことも大切だが、相手の心を読み取ることが出来れば言葉を使わなくてもコミュニケーションを取ることができるということを学んだ。
1日目、皆さんと顔合わせしてcross cluture trainingをしましたが、ご存知の通り英語の知識が乏しいため説明を受けても全然理解できず、正直取り残されている感がありました。
2日目、朝食を取りcross cluture trainingを始めました、ゲームをした後、確かダンスを教えて貰ってみんなで踊りましたが、やったことない動きだったので、とても疲れたのを覚えています。2日目から、少し皆さんと打ち解けてきて楽しくなった来ました。
Brand new’ day for my life
Gan Cheng Yee(Robin)
The next day after I’ve reach my homeland during midnight, it is like a ‘brand new’ day for my life, and everything seems to have changed a lot. The experience in Bali, with those loving friends in the camp for 9 days, was like I have been to a place from nowhere – but it is real!
I have gain a lot of experience and met a lot new friends in the camp, which I’ve not meeting so many new friends since last few years, due to my study. I’ve locked myself in the practice room and practice for several hours a day.
And after participating the camp, my point of view of life and looking at things has changed. In the camp, I’m the only Malaysian and Chinese. And could not understand any of other participants’ language other than English as they are speaking either Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian or Japanese. However, it is still one of the best experience that I have got in life.
I learnt that I’ve to let go of myself, as I’m meeting with people from different culture, I can’t treat them with the way I treat my friend.
It also opens up my mind, the people from other places has a different point of view than us, and I learnt how they deal with things. This also makes me to start to care about how others think and their feelings, which I rarely thought about before I join this camp.
In talent show program, I joined the Japanese group for the show, as I’m the only person who came from Malaysia. Although in the rehearsal I couldn’t understand what the Japanese were saying, but I was comfortable to be in the group and it’s very enjoyable to play with them. Despite of unknown to the language, I know, somehow, from their body language and tone of the language, I can feel what they are expressing to each other, as if they are giving instructions, joking or chit-chatting.
I learnt that it isn’t necessary to speak fluent English to my friends, which I couldn’t really do also. And also sometimes people from other country couldn’t really comprehend the message due to my slight differences of English pronunciation and the context of the word. The important thing in communication is the body language and the key word that we want to express to others.
During the camp, I felt that I’m ‘emotionless’, very ‘cold’ in emotion due to my experience of the pass. Even until the last day, when friends are moving off, I’m neither happy nor sad, very neutral feelings. And Yahiro sensei told me that after few days feelings will come, like an influenza. Yes, exactly! Just one day after I was back to Malaysia, feeling of nostalgia started came over to me, I started to miss my friends, I miss the happiness and joy being with them – although I didn’t feel ‘anything special’ about the moment being with them. And I finally realize – I’ve been lacking of ‘color’ in my life for a long time, and while in the camp, ‘colors’ begins to flow into my life, without realizing it.
After came back from the camp, I told myself, I’ve to meet more friends, listen to more variety of music, and travel more often if possible. I have to open my mind, in order to have a more rich experience in life.
Last but not least, I have found one of the things about our life – carefree! It’s depends on us whether we feel it or not. But our life is totally carefree as we are not restricted by anything other than our mind!
I hope, I really hope to continue friendship with the members. Wish them to be happy all of the time and have a good and wonderful life!
Regarding about the cultural training exercise. I feel that if the lecturer can let students know about outcome, the result of the exercises and its relations with the real world, or the lecturer can guide the students to think critically about lessons learnt in the exercises.
One thing good about the exercises I had is that it makes me understand myself better.
Regarding about the improvement for the camp. I think that the cultural experience can be enhanced if people from more diverse culture are invited, or if students from the same country but does not know each other would give a more interesting observation and the student can experience even richer cultural experience. But I still like the way the camp it was done currently. :)
Thank you very much for your guidance throughout the camp :)
This program make strengthen the relations of Southeast Asia
My name is Rosalina Mursyid from Indonesia, just call me Ina. Several weeks ago I followed the Cross Culture Training Program is an annual program organized by the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Sing Out Asia based in Japan. This program is packaged in the form of training is intended to provide the training, knowledge, and understanding of the culture to the youth, especially students in Southeast Asia. The program is focused on "Cross-culture; learn how to understand people of diverse cultural backgrounds ", learn the culture, as well as strengthen ties between countries in Southeast Asia and Japan. This program was attended by delegations from countries in Southeast Asia such as Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia as the host.
This program was conducted for 9 days, starting from 16 s / d March 24, 2016. The Cross Culture Training Program held in Bali and Lombok. I am very pleased to join this event. My aim Cross Culture Training program 2016 is to expand knowledge on the science of art and foreign cultures. As a student of International Relations, the program is a means / container to gain experience and new colors in understanding foreign cultures. Moreover, this activity is also a place for me along with the team in introducing Indonesian culture to other friends. the first and second day we undergo cross culture training exercise program.
A lot of exciting games provided by saburo hatano sensei, daisuke sensei and Hirakawa sensei. Many lessons we can take from the games or training. they train us to be the disciplined and caring towards each other. the next day we went to Lombok. visit tample, countryside and beautiful beaches. I was very lucky and happy at the same time because getting a very pleasant experience with SOA team. we exchange experiences, tells of the culture in our respective countries. thank you very much to all who have guided our sensei, my expectations for SOA program is hopefully always triumph because this program make strengthen relations southeast asia. because in this program, I found many new friends were very kind. I will miss all the things with SOA. Thank you so much SOA.
Im happy there and learn much
Hay! Good morning! if there in your place is morning. My name is Adnan, one of happiest person on earth in some short days. I participated in Sing Out Asia Cross Culture Training 2016 in Bali & Lombok, Indonesia. Which I can say that trip is teach me a lot, and left tons of experiences for me.
In nine days exploring culture site and miraculous place, I found first day theres some problem to communicate with others. Yeah, as a non English user in daily basic, its hard to talk to other person. But after few days together and ‘force’ to communicate, with English or not, there is no more problem anymore.
I thought that ‘how to adapt’ and ‘understand what is behavior of others’ is the main lesson that the sensei want us to learn. Using games as method, we try to understand the culture of other. Like when we played bafa-bafa, I think that’s a brilian way to us to know the culture. First we must to observe, then interact with local community.
With all the schedule we have there, we still have quality time with others. sensei, all participant from malay, viet, thai, japan and our tour guide also. Make deep feel when we along in there.
And for the future programs I hope CCT can involve all the student from all country in ASEAN. It must be more fun and left more impression between us.
Afterall, I want to say thank you, arigatou, kopkhunka, cam on ban, terimakasih for everyone! Thank you Hatano san, hero san, daisuke san for everything. All participants that I cant write here cause is too many, Thank you. Dimas, Okky, Adam for always take care of us, Thank you. Mr Wilman for accompany us to everywhere, thank you.
And the last, Im happy there and learn much. Hope we can meet again!
My new friends was very nice
I was one of the member in this project for this year. To tell you the truth,at first, I really worried about this trip I didn’t know what I would talk to the stranger and really did’t know what i would face in this trip. However,when I got a Cross Culture Training exercise program, it helped me and improved myself a lot. I could talked to my new friend without any fear and nervousness.
I really liked the games they gave us to played because they combined us together.
For this trip, I was very excited because I never had been there before, so it would be my first time. I loved everything and myself when I was there.
My new friends was very nice no matter what nationality we got we did’t have the boundary for each other. We could get along with each other very well. If I have a chance to go again I will never let it go and waste it.
Everything has two ways good and bad, but about this trip the one and only thing I didn’t like was the hot weather and the food. About the weather, I knew we couldn’t control it so let it be. The food I really didn’t like it at the first time but when the time passed, I could get used to about it. So, it isn’t a big deal.
The last, I hope that we can get together again in very soon and thank you sensei for creating this memorable program that I promise I will never forget it.
People smiled a lot
Le Viet Anh
My name is Le Viet Anh, but my friends call me Ti, I come from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
I never thought I would have a lot of foreign friends.
I never thought that I could go to a strange country and explore the culture of that country.
I never thought that I could integrate into an environment in which there’s a lot of people from different cultures, speaking different languages.
But, things I never thought became true when my friend had introduced CTT for me and I decided to join .That was my first time in CTT.
Actually, there are many things to talk about CTT 2016.
I want to start with the one of things I realized from CCT 2016. The language barrier is nothing because we have a lot of different ways to communicate without verbalism,which is one of the things I learned from sensies who are erudite people . The senseis held a lot of games during training that when you join the game, you are not allowed to use words, everything must be expressed in the eyes, body language , observation, or "wa wo wi ...".Through these games I learned a lot about the human sense, communication, thinking ability. This made me no longer self-conscious about my English ability, removed language barrier and helped participants closer together.
Secondly, this is my first time in Bali, Lombok, Indonesia. Prior to come to indonesia I have read many articles about this country, about bali and Lombok. Everything made me curious so much in this country. Until setting foot on it, everything was shocking to me because all is more beautiful and than impressive than I thought. I visited famous landmarks, the ancient temples of Bali and Lombok such as: Garuda Wisnu Kencana, Sade Village, Sukarara Village, Pura Lingsar, Namada Park, Mayura Park, Tanjung Aan Beach… . The architecture and nature here is very strongly impressive for me. Especially Lombok, I love the mountains, the beaches, beautiful coral reefs, the colorful fishes. In addition, I also had the opportunity to learn traditional Balinese dance and it was a most enjoyable sessions I have ever been involved, you have to use your body flexibly in each move of dance and it is difficult to use neck and eyes. More one thing that have to mention is the Indonesian cuisine, spicy food, we ate every day and it was really great and very delicious, I was totally impressed with the unique processing and taste.
The next, I will never forget the friends at CCT in 2016 ........... During the trip, we had a lot of nice and crazy moments together, people smiled a lot that seem like impossible to stop. I remember very well the period of time we taught each other our national language, I learned a lot of words I think it is very useful when I go to their home country in the future. We shared the culture of each country, so I had gotten a plenty of interesting knowledge about their country. Their friendliness make me like them more. And I hope to meet them someday if I have chance to come to their country.
Besides that, I have some suggestions for the CCT. Firtly, the time on the bus while moving, I think there should be more games for people to have more opportunities to communicate and integrate more easily. Secondlly,there should be more outside activities like teamwork game, I think it will help the participants intergate easier. The last one, if CTT is organized in Viet Nam in the future, call me, I’m willing to help because I really want to introduce my belove Viet Nam to foreign friends
Finally, I want to say big thank you to three respectable senseis: Hatano Sensei, Hirakawa Sensei and Daisuke Sensei for giving me this opportunity, I learned a lot from the senseis. Thank you lovely friends who gave me memorable moments. Specially thank you to indonesian friends: Hilmi, Okky, Adnan, Dimas ..... I know you spent a lot of energy and brainpower for this program. I wish CCT will be more successful and become a bridge for people from around the world have the opportunity to meet and share.
thank so much.
My life will never be the same as before
Can Thi Thanh Hien
It has been a week since I came back from Cross-culture Training, but my life will never be the same as before.
Three weeks ago, I held the airplane ticket and went to a strange land, Bali, Indonesia. My mind was in a mess. “There would be about thirty students from many countries in Asia in this camp. Will I be a friend with them? How can I communicate properly? Is there anything about their religion and customs that I should know? What if I do something wrong? What do they think about me, my country and my people?” However, all of those thoughts were pulled away when I meet my CTT’s friends. I was given warm hugs, was taken care. We talked about how the heat in Bali was killing us like normal friends. After the first dinner we had together, I laughed so much that my stomach was hurt. We had taught each other how to say basic sentence and how to count from one to ten in our languages. We looked all funny like 2 years old boys and girls trying to learn a language.
Then, we had our cross – culture trainings two days after. They were not like any training I had ever received. I supposed they had been long lectures about every country’s culture, history and so on. But they turned out not to be. In those training, we played a series of games, in which we were not allowed to speak. It was extremely fun, physically and mentally activating. In the end, they were more than just games. Not only did we get close to each other, many meaningful lessons were learned. People supposed that it is difficult for people to communicate because of difference in language, yet, we did not speak a word and we still understood each other. This made us realize that as long as we listen and respect, we can always get connected. We also thought that different culture was another disadvantage. Then, in the Talent Show where every group brought their national culture to, we realized that diversity makes our life more colorful and worth living. We enjoyed all the performance so much that we forgot about time.
The exchange culture truly began when we, together, discovered the natural, cultural and historical beauty of Bali and Lombok islands. In 10 days, each of us is our country’s representative when we told each other many stories of our own countries. We played games all the time, made the most of every moment and had so much fun and good memories. Our English was not excellent to survive in every situation, but we truly became one united group without any boundary.
Personally, I feel really blessed. Thanks to CTT, I was given great opportunity to explore a new land, make new friends from all over Asia and wonderful memories. I was treated equally and respectively by everyone in the group. CTT and everything belonged to it have become such an important part of my twenty-something. CTT makes me grow and view things differently since I came back to my country.
In today’s situation, CTT and such programs can be our saviors. CTT just proved that people from many religions can be friends, can have fun and love each other as long as we respect and have faith. Before I came to Indonesia, I was somehow affected by the security status when terrorism’s activities were spread in mass media. Then, when I entered this country, I witnessed nothing but peace, hospitality and beauty. The lesson I learn from CTT is “see it, understand it and believe it”. If people of all nations can understand each other, the world will be a better place.
If there is anything to improve in the training sessions, I suggest that we should reflect more often. All the games were very interesting and meaningful, but we were not given time to share with each other what we learn from those games or very little time to think about. Hence, it is more difficult for us to realize the lessons and to remember them.