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4th Annual Middle School English Camp

As part of the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Promotion Committee’s endeavors toward global human resource development, which fosters overseas communication and exchange with people from other countries, we hold English Camps to help the children of our region strengthen their interest and communication skills in the English language.

In Chibu Village on July 26-27, 10 students participated in this year’s Middle School English Camp.

On the first day of camp, we went to Mt. Akahage and did self-introductions, as well as an introduction of the Dōzen Caldera. Next we did physically active icebreaker games at Chibu Village’s Development Center, then continued to Shimazushima Island for some field work. During the field work, we introduced the historic culture and the fossils that can be seen on Shimazushima Island. For dinner, everyone cooperated to make curry in the style of Trinidad and Tobago, the home country of one of the camp’s ALT instructors.

(Photo: Field Work on Shimazushima Island)

On the second day of camp, we practiced what was learned in the previous day’s field work in the form of a treasure hunt. The participants ran all around Shimazushima Island to solve the riddle, clearing the treasure hunt faster than expected. At the end of the camp, the participants made posters using pictures, maps of Shimazushima Island, and the contents of the riddle they solved, and finally, presented them in English.

Photos from the camp and the posters made by the participants are on display in the Oki Islands Geopark Visitors Center, so if you are in the area, please stop by and see them.

 (Photo: Field Work on Shimazushima Island (Treasure Hunt))

(Photo: Poster-Making Activity)

With this year’s weather, heatstroke was a concern, but the participants all finished the activities with a healthy amount of energy, and on the last day they were able to enjoy watermelon and play in the ocean.

(Photo: Swimming in the Sea)

(Photo: Group Photo at Mt. Akahage)

Lastly, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who cooperated to make this camp possible, taking time out of their busy schedules. Thanks to your efforts, all the participants were able to have a great time, while learning about the Oki Islands and English. We were able to have a successful and fulfilling English Camp.

Next year, we plan to hold the camp on Dōgo, in Okinoshima Town. We are working to plan an English Camp that will be even more fun than this year’s, so please look forward to it!

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