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Ambassadorial Scholar Hiroki Yoshiyama studying at Bangor University 2012-13
A Brief Biography
My name is Hiroki Yoshiyama, my home town is Kobe, the Capital of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan and I am 25 Years old and sponsored by Kobe Rotary Club.
I studied at Shiga University from April 2006 – 2010 where I graduated and then went to Osaka University from 2010-12 to obtain my Masters of Arts.
My objective and goal for the future is to be a High School teacher of English and to tell students of the cultural differences and how interesting English is. Above all, I want to tell them that communication is no less important than clothing, food and housing as well as it gives us an enjoyable and comfortable time. I want to teach English so that students can use it to communicate, and extend their knowledge about culture all over the world.
I belonged to an association of sports clubs in my university as a representative of football club, and gained various kinds of experience. The association includes clubs such as archery, Shorinji Kempo (the most popular form of martial art in Japan) rowing, and so on. The size of the club, and the place and the cost to do the activity are different. I contacted people who have a different way of thought. Also, I had chances to talk with same kinds of association in other universities. I found some good points of them which we did not have. Many events were taken place by the association. I worked as a person in charge and in the other time did background work. I have learned countless things from them, for example, how hard to host an event, how important to call for help of other people, gratitude for background works, and so forth. I also called for blood donation and raise money for scholarship to children who lost their parent(s). I would have never had a chance to join such activities if I had not belonged to the association.
Fortunately, I was able to join some activities as a camp leader and a “school helper”. When I was a camp leader, I organized some activities at the campsite such as a campfire and leaded a group of children, eating and sleeping together. Children were growing mentally in only a few days, which was very impressive for me. In addition, I can build a good friendship with other camp readers. As a school helper, I helped some students who have disabilities or are not good at studying.
I had belonged to football club for ten years. One might think the club activity is not volunteer activity, but to be in a football club has been one of the biggest influences on my character. I learned important things to live: It may be hard and boring to do the basics, but skills gained by doing that are more reliable than any other things. Besides, needless to say, football is a sport to play as a group. One has to face some problems about relationship. I tried to communicate with other players, a coach, and managers densely. I became strong mentally through solving such problems.
If your Club would like to invite Hiroki to give a presentation at one of your meetings please contact Host Councillor David Bathers of Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr RC E.mail: email@example.com or Jill Mackeen Birkenhead RC E.Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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