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Kizuna Intern at the Office of Global Learning
The Office of Global Learning hosted an intern from Japan, Marika Abe, who is part of the Kizuna Project, which is supported by Cultural Vistas for three months over the summer. Marika was part of the Kizuna program, which helps to revitalize Japan to the world after their terrible disaster in 2011, by creating opportunities for young people.


Marika Abe with the Office of International Education team at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Marika came to the US to learn about the US culture by doing her internship and to share her story about the disaster. Marika's home town (Ishinomaki) was one of the towns that got hit the hardest and she was right in the disaster area at the time. She was lucky enough to escape and she found shelter in the local library, where she stayed for almost a week before she was reunited with her family. She helped to take care of people, cleaned the facilities and helped supplying food and water. Luckily her family was safe and her home did not get damaged from the flooding.

Marika decided to apply to be a participant in the program to share her story and to be able to learn more about the US and its culture. She was selected and received sponsorship from the Japanese government, to start her adventure. After a two month language training in New York City, she started at FDU and was a true enrichment to all of us.

Marika was a great asset to our office; she brought FDU's global mission right to our office and was able to work many projects and to support our whole team.


The Kizuna Project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) and administered in cooperation with The Laurasian Institution, The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Japan International Cooperation Center and Japan-U.S. Educational Commission.

 

 

The Office of Global Learning hosted an intern from Japan, Marika Abe, who is part of the Kizuna Project, which is supported by Cultural Vistas for three months over the summer. Marika was part of the Kizuna program, which helps to revitalize Japan to the world after their terrible disaster in 2011, by creating opportunities for young people
 
Date:
Monday, September 02, 2013
 
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