So, I’m definitely not good at keeping a blog, as anyone can notice. But I thought I give you an update of what my plans are for my study in Japan, since I change these plans often. And maybe you can give me some advice too, so if you’re reading this feel free to comment! I’ll first tell you what my former plans were. First I wanted to go on a trip to Japan, but since the plane tickets aren’t that cheap from Belgium to Japan (about 800 euros to Tokyo, which is equal to about 82.000 yen or 1.055 USD), the ticket would be half of what the whole trip would cost. That’s when I got the idea of studying Japanese in Japan. The first school I found was GenkiJACS in Fukuoka, I emailed to that school and the response was very friendly so I thought “that school is great, I’ll go there!” But after that I looked a bit further and Kyoto, Osaka, Gifu and even way to expensive Tokyo became an option. But in the end I chose Fukuoka, for some reason I really like that city, even if I’ve never been there before. At first I wanted to go for a year, but it seems I can’t get enough money by the time I want to leave, so the period got shorter and shorter.
Now, my new plans. I found another language school in Fukuoka, called WAHAHA Japanese Language School. I compared and found out that school itself would be cheaper than GenkiJACS, but the dorm is much further away and more expensive. I now hope I can stay at the dorm that GenkiJACS recommends, because it’s a lot closer to the city center and cheaper. I was thinking of a shared appartment, because that looks cheaper, but there are no adresses on the WAHAHA website. I’ll have to look further into this. The new plan is staying for 3 months, this way I won’t need a visa.
After going to Japan, I would like to experience South Korea as well. I’m not sure yet what I’ll do there, I’d like to volunteer but Belgium doesn’t seem to offer any volunteering program to South Korea so I’m a bit lost in my search here. If anyone can help, please let me know! I found a language school too, so if I can’t find a volunteering program, I’m going to learn the language. Before going straight to South Korea, I’m going home first and after a month or two I’d leave for South Korea for 3 months.
That’s it for today. Any comments, advice on the accommodation in Fukuoka or anything else, everything is really welcome!