The Hiroshima Institute of Technology Polytechnic (HITP) visited Singapore Polytechnic once again from 17 to 26 September 2016 for an exchange programme trip. This time, a group of 10 students who were from a mixture of Infocomm Technology, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Audio & Visual, explored Singapore and learnt about the culture, history and walked the life of a local Singaporean family through our Homestay program. Read on to find out a reflection from one of the students involved in hosting the HITP students.

On the 17th of September, we, the students from Singapore Polytechnic (SP), welcomed the students from Hiroshima Institute of Technology Polytechnic (HITP) at the airport. Being my first time helping out at an SP event, coupled with my inability to converse in Japanese, it was an awkward first day.

However, on the next day during the icebreaker games, we had lots of fun even with the communication barrier. We played games that required hand gestures and some chants, proving that it is not necessary for us to communicate in either of our preferred languages to have fun. It was during this period that my relationship with the Japanese students took a turn for the better. I would not have thought that it was possible for us to be that close in such a short period of time. We learnt Singlish and Indian dance together, whereby we shared the slangs we use in Singapore and demonstrated our multicultural society.

 

As the days went by, we became closer than ever before. They taught me simple Japanese words, grammatical structure and conversational skills, which helped me converse with them easier. We kept talking to each other in broken English and Japanese, which bonded our relationship more.

 

By helping out in this outbound programme, my interpersonal skills have improved with all the interaction made with the students from SP and HITP, teachers and even people from various organisations. I am truly grateful for the opportunity given to me, if possible I would love to help out in the upcoming exchange events. It is truly an eye opening cultural exchange experience gained

Article contributed by Daniel Ng, Yr 3 student from Dip in Bioengineering.