Just to let any mums and dads reading this that I have just left the boys at Dublin airport and they all checked in safely. You'll be seeing them soon! I was sad to see them leave but proud of every single one of them. They've been great and I think you'll agree that they've all grown up a little. Thanks for lending them to Ireland for 3 weeks. Warmest regards, Patrick
During lessons at ICE the boys are expected to speak English. Although the lessons are sometimes hard, they've been having a lot of fun. There are 15 students in a class which means they have more individual attention than they're used to. And because most of the other students aren't Japanese they have a real reason to speak. As for this picture. Well. I don't know!
The other evening Masaki kun was at the park. Oh no! He lost his camera. Some other students were passing by and they asked him what was wrong. Then they helped him for a long time and happily they found it. What a great experience.
Welcome to Ireland, Murata Sensei. Mr. Murata is a veteran of the Tokai Study Abroad Programs. He has taken many groups of our students to the UK and Ireland. Thanks to him, many Tokai students have had the opportunity to study abroad.
The average temperature in Ireland during July was 16 degrees. That's pretty cool! What was it in Nagoya? About 30 degrees, I think. It's great for the boys to escape from the heat of Japan. They can play outside comfortably every day and sleep well at night.
Many thanks to Tsukiyama Sensei. He has now returned safely to Japan. As you can see from this photo he had a lot of fun while he was here and was a great influence on the students. 水谷くん! カッコいい！ ふなとくん！楽しいそう！ 築山先生！大丈夫？
The best way to improve at English is, of course to USE English! It's wonderful to see our students making friends and, of course they HAVE to speak English. Here is Kuzuya with a European friend getting on the DART. That's the local train that takes students from Malahide into the center of Dublin.
Staying with an Irish family is a really great way to use English for real and get to learn about the way of life in an Irish family. In Malahide the boys also stay in homes where there is another foreign student. Here we can see Eguchi 君 with his host family.
Dublin city center is a lively place, especially in the summer when lots of visitors come from all over the world. In the middle of the city there's a pedestrian shopping street called Grafton Street. There are often street performers there, musicians and so on.
The Tokai groups have all had a chance to go into the city centre a few times. Thanks to Masuda kun for this picture.
Today was another fun day. A special thanks to Imasato先生. He is returning to Japan tomorrow. He has taken so many Tokai students abroad every year even though he misses time with his own family during the summer vacation. 先生ありがとうございます。 Safe home.