Travel from India to Japan

A short story from Gabriela about her travel from India to Japan and her adventures on the way.

Traveling with a team in Asia

“The first month of the travel period – it is unbelievable how fast time went by. It seemed like yesterday when I started pre-course. Today, I am in Japan, trying to get to know more about this particular country. 

Travelling with my team for six months was not my comfort zone. I hadn’t imagined being without them. Once I started travelling solo, I was so shocked and impressed. I realized how much I had enjoyed travelling with them, sharing every moment. However, then I started to remember how to enjoy also being by myself and Japan has been the best experience for travelling solo.

What makes Japan special?

It is incredible how technology is super high. People are very educated and respectful and the services are so comfortable.

I have found out many things about the Japanese perspective of life. I remember how one older man told me that Japanese people do not work for a living; they live for working. The work is the most important for them and they are afraid to be without money.

Travel from India to Japan

They told me how important it is for them to invest in their looks; they want to look similar, in this way others can accept them. Also, they are afraid of being different, or they are afraid of sharing their personal opinion, or how difficult it is for them to make friends, how they do not invest in their family because they do not have time to spend with families, or how the fatality is going so low because they do not have time to focus on having kids.

I had plenty of conversations about the advantages and disadvantages of Japan as an island country, about their history, their culture, their beliefs and more.

My travel from India to Japan, and the differences between

I was impressed by how different and beautiful Japan is. Many small details caught my attention. For example, they don’t have garbage bins in the streets. I tried to find a bin for a long time until I decided to keep the small garbage with me until I got home. Guess what? The Japanese are taught to keep the garbage with them – this is why they do not need garbage bins in every corner on the streets! 

The contrast moving from India to Japan. In New Delhi, I noticed how many garbage bins they have everywhere. At the same time, there’s still garbage everywhere on the streets. In Japan, they do not have any garbage bin on the streets but is still clean and proper. 

Culture in Japan

Importance of the family in Indian culture vs. Japanese

Also, I was glad to meet with a Japanese lady who has travelled to India, similarly to me, so I got the opportunity to find out her opinion between India and Japan. The first example she gave me was about the importance of family in India – it means a lot to them, but sometimes it keeps them from enjoying the smallest pleasures of life as well as they are kind and are always happy. What amazed me the most, was how she noticed Indian people always having a lot of energy. Even though they work in such severe conditions. She impressed me with her opinion of India and Japan.

I was also visiting one of the best universities in Tokyo. There, I had excellent talks with students, joined a karate training and found out more about its history! 

Best university in Tokyo

In conclusion, I am grateful for India’s experience as well, and I would not be able to see Japan in the same perspective I have seen it!”

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.