The Japan Experience Study Tour

Our annual Japan Experience Study Tour (JEST) programme was launched in 2002 to give UK sixth formers a direct experience of Japanese culture and society. The students stay with Japanese families, spend the day at a local high school, visit an old people’s home, interact with the latest technology, listen to a talk from an A-bomb survivor in Hiroshima, and tour a temple in Kyoto with a Buddhist monk. The Tour gives them the opportunity to compare and contrast a very different culture to their own, challenging their most fundamental perspectives, while building confidence and self-reliance.

Previous schools who have participated in the programme are…
Rosshall Academy, Glasgow; Hazelwood College, Belfast; Small Heath School, Birmingham; Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Stryd Talbot, Tre-gwyr, Abertawe, Wales; Alsop High School, Liverpool; Allerton Grange School, Leeds; Charles Burrell High School, Thetford; Queens Park Community School, London (Brent); Westminster City School, London; Archway School, Stroud, Gloucestershire; Redruth School, Cornwall; City of London Academy, Islington, London; Strood Academy, Kent; Whitehaven Academy, Cumbria; Walworth Academy, South London; Ysgol Dewi Sant, St Davids, Wales; Holyhead School, Birmingham; Cumbernauld Academy, Scotland; Prudhoe Community High School, Northumberland; Wellington College, Belfast.