The Brown Bears Japan is a group of Brown University students who are interested in spreading information about studying abroad to Japanese people. They have operated a blog in Japanese adding an average of one new post per day every day since September of 2012. Through this blog, they share information about daily life at American universities and give advice to prospective exchange students.
Last year in 2014, they held a very successful tour of 10 cities across Japan, following a successful tour of 7 cities across Japan in 2013, hosting information sessions about studying abroad. As a direct result, each year several applicants mentioned the Brown Bears Japan as one of their motivations for applying to Brown.
Building on this success, this summer they are planning to hold another 10 city tour, in which they hope to share their experience as current undergraduate students studying at a U.S. university. Through information sessions at each city, Brown Bears Japan seeks to share the benefits of studying abroad and encourage students to consider studying abroad as a viable option for accomplishing their goals. By talking face-to-face with students across Japan, they will increase Japanese people’s familiarity with the idea of studying abroad.
All this cannot happen without your help. Brown Bears Japan is now accepting donations through Paypal. Any donation to help Brown Bears Japan make this project a reality is welcome. If possible, spreading the word about the project to those who may be interested would also be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, please state the amount that you would like to donate on their website. The donation would be made through the PayPal account below:
PayPal Account Information:
- Account Holder: Kia Sadahiro (貞広貴亜)
- Name of the Bank: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (三菱UFJ銀行 湘南台支店)
- Bank number: 509
- Account number: 0357079
Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.
For your reference, here are the links to their official website, blog, and a report of last summer’s tour.
This year’s Tour Proposal (In Japanese)
Blog (in Japanese) Last Year’s report (In Japanese)
Thank you very much for your support!
Kevin Sholes, ‘91