Early this morning, the time came to farewell our wonderful friends at Minokamo Middle and Senior School. It was a bittersweet parting as they have ensured our happiness at every turn with their warmth, hospitality and friendship and we are so thankful for the opportunities they have given the Genesis staff and students.
The host families have given such particular and generous care to the students and the bonds that have formed over the last week are strong and built to last. We know that their kindness has touched our students’ hearts and they have created memories here that will last a lifetime.
Being prepared to experience Japanese school life with an attitude of understanding and a willingness to listen and learn has ensured a rich opportunity for personal growth and development – an opportunity we are happy to say has been embraced in full by each team member.
Though there were some tears this morning and regret over having to leave, this is a sign of full hearts and a week well worth it. I am sure there will be many, many stories to come.
And now…off to the mountains we go!