Greetings from the Program Director
I am John Reyes, this year’s Program Director. It is my first year as director; however, over the past eight years I have worked in nearly every capacity for the program. I am extremely excited to welcome our participants this July!
As the director of the US-JAPAN Summer Cultural Experience Program, I invite you to become part of our community this summer. Dokuritsu-jison (独立自尊) refers to the spirit of independence and self-respect in Japanese, and this guides the mission of Keio Academy of New York. By immersing yourself in a bilingual and bicultural atmosphere, I hope you gain insight to understand the cultures and backgrounds of your peers while also learning more about yourself and your own identity.
Our day program will place you in an environment to express and expand on your academic and creative abilities. If you are new to learning the language - or even if you are fluent - our Japanese and English (ESL) language classes are developed for everyone! Elective classes taught by full-time Keio Academy teachers and staff this year will range from ballet, computer science to even traditional Japanese tea ceremony! Outside of the classroom, we will take you to various places in New York City (including Broadway), show you how to make Japanese udon noodles and if you like to sing, please do not hesitate to have a blast at our karaoke hour!
In the evening, we will spend time together in the residence halls which will be your home away from home. As someone who lived in Japan for one year, I understand being away from home can be a scary and intimidating thought. A majority of our participants arrive with little-to-no experience living abroad or living in a community setting. Do not worry, this is OK! My residential team is currently working to create fun programs and activities to keep you active and involved after dinner time. I hope you will learn what it means to be part of a community while also being more independent away from home.
As a participant, I hope you embrace the spirit of dokuritsu-jison. Keio Academy of New York will offer you a unique opportunity to learn something new, create new memories and establish friendships which will last a lifetime!
I hope to see you this summer!
Greetings from the Assistant Residential Director
Thank you for your interest in our program! I’m Caryn Shaw, Assistant Residential Director.
At Keio Academy’s summer program you’ll have lots of opportunities to experience new things. During the day, participate in exciting language and cultural classes. In the evening, you’ll be part of our residential programs. Past activities have included; tie-dye, glow bowling, quiz night, movie night, and lots of fun games.
For most participants in our program, this is the first time to live in a communal residential setting. The experience is new for just about everyone, so don’t worry! Myself and the residence staff are here to make your time happy, comfortable, and safe. We’re available anytime to help you with anything you need.
It’s my dearest hope that you’ll enjoy your time as part of our community. I can’t wait to see you this summer!
Assistant Residential Director