Mission Project & Wing Kids Study Tour Host Countries

We are delighted to announce the name of the countries hosting Mission Project. Please find the country names below:

> Mission Project Hosting Countries:Korea,Indonesia,Bhutan,BruneiDarussalam,Australia, Hawaii and Maldives.

> Wing Kids Study Tour Host Country:Taiwan

The Mission Project will take place on next year within the end of March and beginning of April. It is one of our significant projects to send near about 15 Japanese children in each country and deepen their intercultural understanding through Home stay, School visit, and Daily life style knowledge etc.

On the other hand, Wing Kids Study Tour will also take place on next year within the end of March and beginning of April. There will be around 30 Japanese children participating in Wing Kids Project. This is a kind of new project offered by APCC to foster youth for becoming leaders in the international community through international exchange programs. It’s a one and half year’s curriculum with a combination of learning the history and culture ofFukuokaandJapan, visiting APCC member nations twice (as Mission Project Participant & Wing Kids Study Tour), home stay etc. After graduating as Wing Kids member they will be introduced to BCJapanand will take part in BCJ activities.

Please be informed and updated about every APCC news and share it with your BC friends and families. Also all the BRIDGE CLUBs are requested to co-operate your Liaison Office during Wing Kids and Mission Project. Please let us know if you need any help or assistance from APCC office.

KarMan

APCC PR Event

On September 24, APCC PR event was successfully organized. OMOIYARI video of APCC was shown during the program. As well as host families, Japanese JAs’ shared their experiences of APCC. Mr. Hibino also shared his experiences of APCC and giant tapestry of about 7.2 square meters was also displayed at that time. TV personnel, Mr. Haraguchi , Japanese comedian added extra flavor in this program. Around 300 peoples including host families, supporters, Fukuoka citizens attended this program.

APCC ALL in ALL Party

On September 25, APCC Volunteers organized All in All Party. More than 100 volunteers attended that party. Volunteer groups like Host family, PR division, BCIO, Event , Orientation, Volunteer division, Mission project division, BCJ , Exchange camp division, JA training division and Logistic control division shared what they did during 23rd APCC.

Not “sayonara,” but “ja ne!”

Today, the 23rd APCC has finally come to an end as all delegates have taken their flights back home.  Host families, friends, and volunteers went to the airport to see the JAs, PAs, and Chaperons off.

In the APCC, we don’t say “goodbye.”  We say “see you again!” The world is a small place, and meeting amazing people from over 50 countries and regions in the Asia-Pacific just shows how globalized our world is becoming.

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See you again!

See you again!

Thank you for hosting us!

Thank you for hosting us!

We hope that all our friends will reach home safely and will become active members in their BRIDGE CLUBS.  Thank you to everyone, especially the volunteers, and supporters.  This year’s APCC was a huge success! Let’s make next year’s Convention even better!

See you again!

– E and G

PA Camp

This year, the PA Camp was held in Global Arena, in Munakata City, located in the north of Kyushu.  We arrived by bus after the OMOIYARI Conference and got straight to work.  After an opening speech by Mr. Aso, the chairperson of the APCC, we had dinner, and then Colby ran the first session on IT Communications.  That night, a team-building event, called Race Around the Arena, was organized, and a fun night was had by all.

Opening remarks by Mr. Aso

Opening remarks by Mr. Aso

Lionel from Vanuatu getting his face painted

Lionel from Vanuatu getting his face painted

This year's BC Establishment Instructor, Loreen, getting her face painted as well

This year's BC Establishment Instructor, Loreen, getting her face painted as well

2 boys sharing a bottle of water

2 boys sharing a bottle of water

After the tiring series of activities, members of the Junior Chamber International visited us and hosted a welcome party.

JCI!

JCI!

Day 2 was started early with non-BC Peace Ambassadors attending Loreen’s establishment sessions, while PAs from BC countries made posters to display at the JA Exchange Program.

Karuna, then, facilitated the Common Activity discussion and the decision was made to run an “Everyday Ambassador” promotion this year.

After a yummy lunch, BCJ introduced us to their club’s activities this year.

BCJ members in their green shirts

BCJ members in their green shirts

Arief ran an afternoon session on how to maintain a successful Bridge Club.  This highly motivational session lifted people’s spirits after a long day.  Lots of fun was had in an activity involving balancing straws on your hands.  We then had a discussion with Mr. Iwamoto about the BCIO Convention and the proposed BCIO Constitution and were ready for dinner at 6 o’clock.  After dinner, we had performance practice and presentations of the awards from the night before.

2nd Place

2nd Place

Day 3 of the PA Camp had 2 sessions.  Firstly, there was the PA and Chaperon Meeting, where we discussed issues of the BCs and LOs in our countries.  The second session was run by Kyushu University and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Professor Yunus, spoke to us about social business.  We then enjoyed a delicious meal at the GA Club before we joined the JAs at Mr. Hibino’s workshop in the gym.

Erin and Professor Yunus

Erin and Professor Yunus

Our last day at Global Arena had all PAs supporting the JAs in their sports festival and cultural exchange program.  A highlight for the Peace Ambassadors was their final performance.  Thank you to Mark Spies, a Melbourne-based DJ, who mixed together the track for our performance.

At 7 PM, it was time to say our last goodbyes and we went back to our host families for our last few nights in Fukuoka.

The BCIO “OMOIYARI” Conference

The OMOIYARI Conference served as a venue for Peace Ambassadors from over 30 countries to share their culture and present their Bridge Club activities to the citizens of Fukuoka.

Group Photo!

Group Photo!

Interactive sessions and workshops were run by Ms. Matsuu and a chat session was facilitated to discuss Fukuoka’s global future.  The event was a huge success and many participants asked if it would be held again next year.

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

An Illustration by the Taiwanese PA

An Illustration by the Taiwanese PA

PAs and Fukuoka citizens talking about Fukuoka's global future

PAs and Fukuoka citizens talking about Fukuoka's global future

 

Photo Walk / PR Event

This year, an event was organized to raise awareness of the APCC within the Fukuoka community.  Each country’s delegation set up a booth at a different location around the Tenjin area.  Fukuoka citizens purchased a participation pack, which entitled them to a special limited edited APCC T-shirt designed by Mr. Kotaku Yoshinaga and a photograph passport, which they would fill with photos taken of them with each delegation’s JAs at their decorated booths.

The event was a huge success and it was great to see a sea of yellow T-shirts throughout the streets of Fukuoka.

The Asian-Pacific Photo Walk

The Asian-Pacific Photo Walk

A Sea of Yellow T-Shirts

A Sea of Yellow T-Shirts

Philippine JAs in their colorful costumes!

Philippine JAs in their colorful costumes!

The Samoan Booth

The Samoan Booth

Each delegation’s Peace Ambassador brought products to sell at an International Booth and all money raised went to support the people affected by the 2011 Northern Japan Earthquake.  A total of 122,585 yen (approx. $1,500) was raised.  Thank you to everybody to his/her hard work and dedication on the day.

The International OMOIYARI Booth

The International OMOIYARI Booth

Products from all over Asia-Pacific

Products from all over Asia-Pacific

The 23rd APCC Officially Begins!

After leaving home early, we arrived early at the airport to pick up the first bunch of smiling JAs, PAs, and chaperons.  We were loaded on to buses and a quick one hour journey north of Fukuoka took us to the Marine House, where the JAs would spend their first night in the Land of the Rising Sun.  For the next 3 days, the Marine House was a buzz with children coming from the airport or leaving after one night to meet their host families and get settled in to a Japanese lifestyle.

On the 18th, every APCC participant had checked through the doors of the Marine House and was fit and healthy, ready for a fun summer in Fukuoka.

The Australian Delegation

The Australian Delegation

PAs Having Dinner at the Marine House

PAs Having Dinner at the Marine House

Final Stretch!

Last Sunday, we had the final Host Family meeting at ACROS Fukuoka.  We shared our homestay experiences as Junior Ambassadors and taught basic English phrases that they could use to communicate with their host children.

Talking about our most memorable JA experiences

Talking about our most memorable JA experiences

There were many Japanese host families present, both new and old faces.  And the newest APCC merchandise had its debut out in the market during that day.

One of the 3 new designs of the APCC clear folders

One of the 3 new designs of the APCC clear folders

With barely a week left till the 23rd APCC, the coordinators and leaders went to Hakozaki Shrine earlier today to pray for the success of this year’s convention.  It was a great cultural experience to be part of this Japanese ceremony.

At Hakozaki Shrine

At Hakozaki Shrine

We are all busy preparing for the APCC, and we’d like to ask this year’s Peace Ambassadors to ready their minds for the sessions we will be having during PA camp.  Click here for a link to the 23rd APCC PA Program schedule.  And for the PA Performance, you can listen to and download the dance mix here.  Please memorize the song, “We are the World.”  If you have questions, we will be more than happy to answer them.  Just send us an e-mail or a message on Facebook.

Enjoy the weekend and see you all next week!

-E and G

2 BCIO Interns, hundreds of great friends, and the APCC counting down!

About six months ago, Gel and I were selected as BCIO HO Interns, and thats when the work began, although it was only yesterday that finally saw Gel, Erin, Karuna, Salman and the whole APCC team in the one office in Tenjin, Fukuoka.

The day started early, Gel, Kanu and  Iwamoto-san stood at the Fukuoka International Airport gates as I (Erin) staggered through the doors with my 40kg of luggage!

The fun has arrived!

The fun has arrived!

A quick drive took us into Tenjin and we dropped of my bags, at the place I would call home for the next six weeks. Gel has been here since May and with only another 6 weeks left of her three month stay she quickly realised – It’s time to get busy!
Kanu and Gel showed me around the local area, some places I remembered, and some–I’m sure–were new. In such a vibrant city, it’s hard to remember everything, but as per usual, “I remembered the face but forgot the name.” Something I must work on.  Thank God I have Gel close by–her picture perfect memory and Japanese language skills will save me more than once, I’m sure.

We had lunch at “Tao.”  We had Hakata ramen, a delish pork broth soup with wheat noodles.  And then at 4 PM, I had my first meeting in the APCC office.

Gel, Kanu, and bowls of ramen

Gel, Kanu, and bowls of ramen

It was great to see some friendly, familiar, faces and also good to meet the 2 new APCC staff members – The girls in the office have got organised chaos down to a fine art, and no matter what event or activity is being planned, they are all across the board with what’s going on.

With Salman and his brand-new quacky shower cap!

With Salman and his brand-new quacky shower cap!

Getting closer with one of my closest friends, Karuna

Getting closer with one of my closest friends, Karuna

I got a quick run-down from Gel about what is planned over the next 6 weeks and then followed up with Kanu for a more detailed chat about what is expected of me and what activities I have to plan. My diary is already full and we have so much to do before the APCC even begins.

All in all, it was a great first day back in Fukuoka and I hope that Gel and I can follow in the successful footsteps of Karuna and Salman and make the 23rd APCC and PA Camp the best yet!

Please remember that we are here to help.  If there is anything you need then just let us know, but equally, if we ask you for something then please get it to us ASAP!  The checklists are all due tomorrow and it would be great if we didn’t have to chase any of you up!

xxx
Erin and Gel