Aishiteru Batch 1 (SMA 4 Surabaya) 2017

     This time our annual most anticipated Japan program has the chance to collaborate with SMAN 4 Surabaya! This year we decided that our theme would be "Learn from Japan, Contribute to Indonesia", this is a big opportunity for students from Surabaya to engage in a cultural exchange. They have introduced Surabaya's rich culture in amongst audience in Kyoto University, doing cultural mission with International Student Association (ISA), and also welcomed by The Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia in Osaka. Not only students who engage in the cultural activities but also their teachers which provides a holistic impact.

     Our program was filled with activities and also city sight touring. The students then are able to see and learn based from their experiences on how to use public transportation, interact with local people, and to gain insights from the different scenary. Most importantly is to have direct experience to learn how different or similar Japanese culture from Indonesian. In Osaka, students get to stroll around the famous Shinsaibashi street. They have tried various authentic Japanese streetfood like Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.

     Kyoto and Kobe was plotted so that the students can experience university life and also interact with Japanese youths. This program suites really well because most of the students are in 2nd and also 3rd year in highschool, which means they will have to plan for their university entry. APIMUN partnered with Perserikatan Pelajar Indonesia in Kyoto and we were able to be explained how students in Japan study. Kyoto University is one of the top univeristy in Japan, thus students from SMAN 4 Surabaya are privileged enough to ask questions and fufill their curiousity 

    Our visit was also to The Consulate General of The Republic of Inodnesia in Osaka and also Wasting Management. Students gather and have an open discussion with the Consulate General himself. After that students are able to know more the secret behind how Japanese use their electricity power. In Wasting Management, students are explained that in Japan they use litter and convert it to electricity power. It was so insightful and astonishing how simple a litter can be changed into power. Students from SMAN 4 Surabay was very active and also the teachers are willing to accommodate and also cooperate with our APIMUN staff, therefore creating a new bonding. Overall this program was a success and next year we are planning for more collaboration.