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A Japanese international volunteer Junichi Mizuno / An Honorable Experience.
 
Throughout working for ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships 2014 in Taipei as an international volunteer representing to Japan, I had an honorable experience and made a great friendship with many people I met. Before I came to Taipei, I was really excited to be one of the international volunteers because I had never been to any of other Asian countries except for my country; Japan, and I have always wanted to know how different they are from Japan. Also, I have been interested in sports industry since I have played badminton competitively for eight years, and I even went to two local badminton tournaments when I studied in United States by the one-year exchange program. That’s why working under a big international competition was meaningful to me.
 
After I arrived in Taipei, even though Taiwan is also an Asian country, but I found a lot of things different there such as food, the city environment, the price of a thing, and the perspective. Needless to say, it can be difficult to work with people who have different cultures and speak different languages. However, Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese volunteers worked together well by communicating in English because we all have wanted to be global. Speaking out what you think and when you have something to say could be really hard, but we all made it done. Certainly, we definitely thought of understanding other cultures. Because of that, we currently share so many great memories, and we have an eternal friendship.
 
The work I had for this volunteer was interrupting, making identification cards, dealing with concerns whoever has, and keeping high security during the competition. All of work was significantly important to me, but I would like to point out two particular experiences. One of them was when a few Japanese audience who lost their seats by some of volunteer misunderstanding their work, and I tried to solve the problem by interacting with them and the OC office. Since they weren’t good at English, I needed to help them out. Although they seemed so frustrated about their seats, which made me definitely uncomfortable to talk to them, listening to them carefully and giving them the suggestion the organization prepared really made the communication skill better. I was so glad after I solved the problem because both they and Taiwanese volunteers looked happy. The other experience was being an interpreter for the Japanese national figure skating team at the press conference and the winning interview. This put me under so much pressure, and I thought this was representing Japan. I think I failed in the press conference because I was so nervous, but this failure gave me some confidence and then I did much better in the next one and the winning interview. This is why I relearned mistakes promote people to be stronger.
 
In conclusion, this whole volunteer has given me so many new experiences including having new international friends. Those experiences are unforgettable, and I am so honored to have them. Currently I scores 870 on TOEIC, though I scored 750 when I applied for the volunteer. I am also seeking more than 950, and I would like to score it constantly. The reason why I am always motivated to take TOEIC is because I know that learning languages never have the end, and it makes my world-view wider, which leads to finding so much fun in experiencing other cultures. Ideally, I will be able to start to learn another language. To students or people who are interested in studying English or other languages, learning them broaden your perspective and identify who you are. Please enjoy it.
 
 
Junichi Mizuno (水野純一)
[ TOEIC 750 分 ]
就讀學校
東洋大学
志工活動
2014 四大洲花式滑冰錦標賽 (製證組)