TUFS Students Work as Panelists at Chofu City Volunteer Event

March 30, 2018

On Wednesday the 28th of March, TUFS student Kaori Yamamoto (School of International and Area Studies, West European Area Studies, third year) and Mina Yanaka (School of International and Area Studies, Central European Area Studies, first year) worked as panelists at the ‘“Omotenashi Volunteer” Follow-up Seminar’ held by Chofu City.

This event was held for people registered as ‘Omotenashi Volunteers’ in Chofu City. The two students talked about their experiences as volunteers at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, including explanations of the job itself, why it is worth doing, and the troubles they faced. Many of the Chofu City residents who attended this event are planning on volunteering at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and so they could be seen listening with great interest.

A Comment from Ms. Yamamoto

This was my first time participating in something like this, so I was worried about whether I could clearly convey my experiences at the Pyeongchang Games, but the audience listened to me carefully, so it went well. Also, I was able to hear some very important stories about volunteers from the perspective of Olympians and Paralympians. I hope that I was able to convey the positives and negatives of being a volunteers through this event.

A Comment from Ms. Yanaka

It was my first time speaking about my experiences at such an event, so I was very nervous, but I was very happy as the audience listened to me kindly. At the event, I was able to hear explanations of volunteer jobs at the Tokyo Games, which was very interesting and useful for me. I hope I can continue to use my experiences to help other people.