Emilee's Japan Summer Program Fund

Emilee Pappas Start Date: May 9, 2017 - End Date: Feb 8, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip

My Travel Story

by: Emilee Pappas Start Date: May 9, 2017 - End Date: Feb 8, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • Vacation/Personal Trip
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Hi, I'm Emilee. For my entire life, throughout my childhood and up to this point, I have had an unconditional love for Japan and its culture that continues to grow. From the anime and manga culture to the traditional temples and tea ceremonies, to the food... Japan has a special place in my heart, and I would love your help to make one of my dreams come true in 2018.

· As a child I was introduced to Japanese (pop) culture by listening to the music, watching anime, going to conventions to cosplay, learning the language, and generally immersing myself in learning more about Japan. In elementary school I promised myself that I would make my dream of experiencing Japan come true in the future. I recall times when I would stand up in front of my class and recite songs in Japanese that I had learned, as peers and teachers were amazed by my great love for the Japanese culture. Over time, it has become part of my lifestyle in a sense.

· Unfortunately, my school does not offer any courses or programs related to Japan. However, this hasn't stopped me from trying to learn the language, and it definitely hasn't contained my love towards Japan. Recently I have become a lot more involved in a great Japanese garden (The Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens) where I live, as I have volunteered at a spring festival and visit from time to time.

My dream of truly experiencing Japan and learning more can be made possible with the help of financial aid.

Upon hours and hours of research, I found a great Study Abroad company (CIEE) that offers diverse, thorough programs for students; the only problem is that tuition alone is almost $7,000. Just looking at the excursions, activities, language studies, and more that are involved in this program make me excited, but money is the only thing that is holding me back.

I can assure you that your donation will not be taken for granted. All money raised will be going towards this summer program and this summer program ALONE, for educational purposes and the experience of a lifetime. Thank you in advance, it means the world that I even have the opportunity.

IF any extra funds are raised, they will be donated to Beneath The Skin , a non-profit organization for teens and young adults.