The Micronesia Nature Experience Project ~16 Japanese Students Visited Pohnpei~

Sixteen students joined “Micronesia Experience Project” which is supported by the National Institution for Youth Education visited Pohnpei from July 26th to August 1st. They had lectures from Mr. Sugiyama, Counselor of Embassy of Japan and Ms. Asuka Akahoshi, JICA senior volunteer about FSM and what their jobs and activities are. Welcome party was held at Govenor Oliver’s residence, the students got a warm reception with a lot of local food and dancing and singing by children.
They visited Kepirohi Falls and Nan Madol, stayed in Nahlap Island, and experienced homestay with local family during their stay in Pohnpei.
 At the farewell party, they sang a Japanese farewell song and gave handmade flag to Mr. Kester James at Social Affairs as a proof of friendship.
Ambassador Horie and his wife attended welcome and farewell parties, and the students shared with them what they experienced in Micronesia and how fun it was.
They said goodbye to their Pohnpeian friends and families and promised they will come back after 15 years. They left for Japan with great memories.
The Micronesia Nature Experience Project which started in 2002 and has been funded by Children’s Dream Fund established with National Institute for Youth Education of Japan. The 48 students divided into 3 groups and each group visited FSM, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau this year.

Students gave the handmade flag to Mr. Kester James at Social Affairs

Farewell Party (Ambassador Horie, Mrs. Horie, Host family, and Students)

Students had lecture from Counselor

The Hon. Marcelo K. Peterson, Governor of Pohnpei State, Ambassador Horie, Madam. Horie, Director of Dept. of Health Services, and Director of Dept. of Education)

Nahlap Island 1

Students are showing their handmade flag

Nahlap Island 2

Nahlap 3

Nahlap Island 4

Local friend teaches how to make basket