Asia Association of Education and Exchange

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Trần Bảo (AAEE coordinator, Vietnam)

While AAEE Mero Sathi project’s members are on their journey to Nepal for voluntary work, Vietnamese students in Ho Chi Minh City are joining a program called “The Spring Voluntary Campaign”.

The Spring Voluntary Campaign is yearly organized by Vietnamese Student’s Association. The idea was first come up with by University of Social Sciences and Humanities. This year, it attracts over 30.000 students from 52 universities and high schools in HCM city. The campaign was planned to happen from 10.1 to 6.2.2016.

The opening campaign ceremony for all universities and schools on 10/01/2016

The opening campaign ceremony at each university. (In this photo is International University’s teams)

In order to raise funds for the campaign’s activities, we set up fairs selling food, drink or handmade stuff.

One common activity which reflects Vietnamese tradition on Tet holiday is wrapping Tet cakes. Tet cake is usually cooked during the night. Staying up waiting for the cakes to be perfectly cooked is also what Vietnamese people love to do in the past. Those Tet cakes are then given to the elderly or the poor where we are going to come and visit.

Every team of volunteers goes to several places where there are people in need. Each journey to the place takes several days. On 24/01 ,for example, team Business Administration from International University went to Long An Province, Huong Tho Phu town. The journey lasts for 5 days with various meaningful activities.

“Tet for children” took place at a small primary school at HTP town.

The children enthusiastically took part in every game.

Teaching English for primary students at Huong Binh primary school- one of the smallest school in the town, including only 5 classes.

“I like the class and the teacher a lot! I want to have another class like this tomorrow”- said a student.

Come and visit Vietnamese heroic mother- showing our respect and gratitude towards people who sacrificed their families to give our country independence.

Gala night for local people (including musical performance and scholarship rewarding to poor children)

“Joining the spring voluntary campaign is one of the most lucid decision I’ve ever  made. Not only did it offer me a feeling of being useful to the society but it also created an opportunity for me to make new friends, those later became as close to me as my family.” – said a volunteer.

“We spent 5 days together; About 20 people per room. We couldn’t even move when sleeping. But now when I’ve come back to my own room at home, I can feel the uncomfortable emptiness. Voluntary program gave me not only maturation but also perfect social relationships!” – a participant shared on her Facebook.

Everywhere we come to, the local people always show their warmest welcome to us and as we leave, they insist in us staying for a few more days and ask us to come back.

The voluntary spring campaign has become a yearly common practice. Every year, the yellow uniform spreads through various regions of the countries bringing the signal of the traditional Tet holiday and the enthusiasm of the youth to help their society. Up to now, this campaign is only restricted to students from universities and high schools in HCM City. In the future, we really look forward to extending it that it can reach young generation in other regions as well as foreign students in Vietnam.

If you are interested in this campaign, please share your ideas with us!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Mero Sathi Project Feb. 2016, Nepal(Feb 13-24) Member Introductions

Mero Sathi Project Feb. 2016, Nepal(Feb 13-24)
Member Introductions

Yuha Yoshikawa (Japan)

Hello, everyone!
I’m Yuha Yoshikawa from Tokyo, Japan.(I’m the left one of the pic) Nice to meet you! ...
I’m a first grade student at Sophia University and my major is global-studies, especially I’m interested in international politics. I like to walk, listen to music and watch comedy movies.

I have decided to join this study tour to find myself and to challenge something new. This is my first time to go to Asia, so I’m excited. I want to learn culture and personality of Nepal and I'm also looking forward to seeing beautiful scenery in Nepal.
I’m really looking forward to going to Nepal and studying with you guys
Let’s make amazing study tour together!

Sonuj Giri (Nepal)
Hello everyone!
I am Sonuj Giri from Kathmandu, Nepal. I am a second year law student. I love reading novels. My favourite genre is romance and biography. I am obsessed with royals and celebrities. I also work as a content writer. I am crazy about zodiacs and personality traits. I can't wait to meet you all and start this journey which I am sure will be amazing. Did I mention I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan?

Marbal Sunuwar (Nepal)

 I'm Marbal Sunuwar from Kathmandu Nepal.I am a +2 student at Nasa International Collage and my faculty is Hotel Management.I love to play football and I'm die-hard fan of Cristiano Ronaldo.Hi everyone!
My name is Sayaka Nagafuchi....
I'm a freshman at Sophia University in Japan. My major is global studies, and especially, I'm interested in development of education. I like listening to music and dancing.
I also like being in the nature such as mountains and sea. I'm looking forward to seeing beautiful views in Nepal.
This is my second time to go to one of the Asian countries.
I want to spend great time with you guys!
Nice to meet you:)

 Apart from this I love to meet with new people and make friends.So I hope I could be able to make new friends.I joined this program to learn about culture of Nepal and to explore it.Dying to meet you all .See you soon.

Sayaka Nagafuchi (Japan)
Hi everyone!
My name is Sayaka Nagafuchi....
I'm a freshman at Sophia University in Japan. My major is global studies, and especially, I'm interested in development of education. I like listening to music and dancing.
I also like being in the nature such as mountains and sea. I'm looking forward to seeing beautiful views in Nepal.
This is my second time to go to one of the Asian countries.
I want to spend great time with you guys!
Nice to meet you:)


Shreeya Devkota (Nepal).

Hello everyone!
My name is Shreeya Devkota.
I am a bachelor level second year student.I am studying in Kathmandu University School Of Arts. My major is Community Developement. I love public speaking and debating. I am interested in Astrology and occult science. I equally love meeting new people and exploring. I am really looking forward to meeting you all. See you soon.


Hiroki Oda (Japan)

Hey guys!
I'm Hiroki Oda from Yokohama, Japan. I'm a first year student of The University of Tokyo, faculty of arts & sciences....
I have a great interest in international relationships, especially political and economical relationships.
It is honour to be involved in such a great project.

In one of the lectures of university, I have learned about Mt. Fuji (Japanese highest mountains) from various perspectives, for example, geological, religious etc...
Therefore I would like to compare Sagarmatha with Mt. Fuji while helping local people to recover from the earthquake.
(For example, I want to know if there is relationship between Buddhism and Sagarmatha.)
I'm also looking forward to drinking chai!!

Bibhuti Malla (Nepal)

Hi everyone,
This is Bibhuti Malla from Nepal. I'm 18 years old and currently doing my bachelors in Community Development from Kathmandu University School of Arts. I'm in my third semester. ...
I like to get involved in various social activities and also love exploring new places, culture and meeting new people. I aim to become an anthropologist in my near future (that must be the reason I love travelling and meeting new people). We shall share other information about each other when we meet.
Hope to meet you all soon and make this student exchange program fruitful with our diverse ideas and efforts.

Hello everyone .this is LIU KUAN YAN. I’m from Yunnan in China . I’ve been studying hard to get a master’s degree in Japan now. My major is environmental economics .
I'm so happy that I can participate in this program with you all. I am especially interested in education and I want to discuss this topic with you all during the program. I like reading , listening to music , playing basketball and s...o on.
My English is weak, so help me please
(The picture is me with minority clothing of Yunnan. )

Daichi Yamaoka (Japan)

Hello, everyone. My name is Daichi Yamaoka. I'm a freshman of the Sophia University in Tokyo and majoring global studies and area researches.
I like playing basketball and taking photos with my camera. I also love to visit foreign countries and see what I've never seen. (So far I've been to the US, Cambodia, and Myanmar.) And that's one of the reasons I decided to join this project....
I'm very looking forward to seeing the beautiful nature of Nepal, having great experiences, and meeting you guys before all! Let's have a wonderful journey together.

Makiko Yonehara (Japan)

Hello, everyone! My name is Makiko Yonehara and please call me Mackey.
I'm a fresh man at Sophia University and major in global studies. I’m interested in international cooperation, particularly community development (particularly making living systems complying with the demands of local people)...
I like to play sports! I've played volleyball for 4 years.
I want to learn a lot of things with my senses in Nepal, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and talking about many topics.

Rino Yoshida (Japan)

Namaste, and nice to meet you.
I'm Rino Yoshida from Keimei Gakuen Senior High School 3rd grade student. (right one in the pic)...
I'll be a freshman at Sophia University in next spring. I'm going to major in international relationships and area studies, especially focusing on developing countries.
I have huge interest in international cooperation and poverty issue so that's why I chose that faculty and also the reason I decided to join in this tour.
2 years ago, I visited Cambodia, but there was nothing what I could do to help them.
I want to make revenge and I hope this tour makes me realize amounts of valuable things and I want to change myself too.
I like playing volleyball, alto saxophone, and listing to music.
So looking forward to seeing you all!
I wanna be friends with you guys asap!

Srijana Poudel (Nepal)

Hello, Everyone!! I,Srijana Poudel from Nepal would like to call myself a explorer. I am a bachelor level student studying forestry at Kathmandu forestry college and I am in my 4th semester.
I love meeting new people and interacting with them. It helps me to explore their culture and tradition. I also like to get involved in development activities. Apart from this I like travelling and I love s...pending time with nature.
See you soon guys!

Megumi Ogawa (Japan)

Hello everyone!
Nice to meet you. I’m Megumi Ogawa.
I’m a freshman at Sophia University, and my major is global studies, too.
This is the first time for me to go to Nepal and also Asian countries.So I’m uneasy but I ‘m looking forward to going to Nepal.
I want to study a lot in Nepal and discuss many things with you....
Let’s spend a good time together!


Grishma Bhattarai

i am Grishma Bhattarai born and brought up in Kathmandu. I am waiting the final result of the Bachelor Degree in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University. I have special liking for sports particularly basketball at the same time, i love interacting with people and exchanging ideas. I prefer to travel different parts of the country with the view to acquainting myself with culture, tradition and local specialties of Nepal.

Saujanya Pokhrel

Hello, everyone. I'm Saujanya Pokhrel from Kathmandu Nepal. I have completed my +2 and have taken a year long gap to apply abroad for my further studies. I love to meet new people and make friends and explore different places. I hope to make a lot of new friends as we explore different places of Nepal. Can't wait to meet you all.
See you soon.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Mero Sathi Project Brief Session in Tokyo was a Big Success!   

 All the Mero Sathi student members in Japan got together and completed a brief session of the Mero Sathi Project 2015 successfully yesterday. This event was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Japan and JICA.
 More than 100 people participated in the program to understand what and how the Mero Sathi students in Japan have tried to support earthquake victims in Nepal and what they have learned through... the project. Followed by the students’ reports, the participants actively discussed the important points in multicultural communication. After the event, many people told us they were really impressed by a strong passion of all the Mero Sathi Members for supporting Nepal, and also they were really happy to know that the student members made very good friends with a lot of students in Nepal through the program.
 Next month, Mero Sathi Project 2016 will be conducted in Nepal and we have already started preparation activities for that. We just try our best to make the project excellent one.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to all the people who have supported our activities.

Monday, January 4, 2016


~Important things in multicultural communication ~
(This event is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan & JICA)
-What is the “Mero Sathi Project”?-...
On April 25th, 2015, a big earthquake hit Nepal. Mero Sathi is a relief project started by students with a strong passion to help the Nepalese victims. The words ‘Mero Sathi’ mean ‘my friend’ in Nepalese. We have been supporting Nepal in many ways. Our project was even shown on media outlets, such as NHK, which the public reacted strongly to. Moreover, we visited Nepal to support and bring smiles to the earthquake victims. Even now, we are still working hard on this project.
-Event contents-
❶ Introduction of Mero Sathi Project
❷ Brief sessions of the activities in Nepal (by the college student members)
❸ Brief session of the activities in Cambodia (by the high school student members)
❹ Mini-Lecture by Prof. Akinori Seki (President of AAEE)
❺ Group Discussion