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So it's been a month.

So, It's been a while since my first post. Almost a month exactly. It's actually pretty crazy to me that I've been here in Japan for only a month. It honestly feels longer than that. Regardless, this month has been very eventful.

In my last post, I didn't really explain much about my placement, or what I'm doing here in Japan. So I'll be glad to enlighten you.

During my year here, I'm going to be volunteering at the Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi, Japan. In a nutshell, the ARI is a vocational school that trains grassroots leaders from rural communities on sustainable farming, servant leadership, and community development. The overall goal is for the grassroots leaders to become more effective in the work that they do in their communities Each year, about 30 participants from countries in Asia and Africa are invited to participate in the 9 month program, which starts in April and ends in December. The training here is community-based, so we (the participan…

First week thoughts

So, I've been attempting to write this post for the past two days (It's Tuesday here in Japan). It hasn't really been the easiest thing in all honesty. But I'll try to explain it the best I can. My time in Japan so far has been pretty interesting. The Asian Rural Institute is a pretty busy place, and it's been awesome to be a part of it so far. I've only been here a week, and in that time a lot has happened.

First off, to everyone that has heard about the recent earthquake here in Japan, I want you to know that I'm okay. The earthquake happened off of the coast of Fukushima. I'm is located in Tochigi prefecture, which is directly south of Fukushima, but further inland. So in terms of the tsunami, there is nothing to worry about in my case. As for the earthquake, there wasn't really any damage here at the ARI. If anything, the earthquake was a really startling alarm clock. But again, thank you for your messages and prayers. It means the world to me.