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East Asian studies/Education major and Volunteer
IU senior Ryosuke Koyama plans to become a high school Japanese teacher in the U.S. after he graduates. His work as an EASC volunteer has been excellent preparation for his future career—he’s taught Japanese at local elementary and middle schools; introduced calligraphy to families at Lotus Blossoms, an annual art education outreach event; and lectured on Japanese culture to elementary students in Canada and southern Indiana through interactive video conferencing. He loves sharing his culture with children and families. “I’m glad to see the enthusiasm of people toward a new culture,” he says. “It inspires me every time I teach Japanese.”
The center has an active volunteer program, with opportunities for East Asian nationals and others with an interest in East Asia to help with outreach programs to K-12 students.
Volunteer opportunities include:
- Visits to local elementary schools to help with our Exploring East Asia through Stories program by:
- telling part of the story in the language of your country,
- helping with a craft or other hands-on activity, or
- answering questions about your country.
- Visits to area retirement centers to provide programs on daily life and culture, current events, and food.
- Interacting with students and teachers in other cities via Video Distance Learning (VDL) on topics such as language, New Year’s celebrations, and music.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact EASC Outreach Assistant, Kellie Mendenhall, at email@example.com.