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Participant's Voices


  • Country : Laos
  • Forum : 58th batch (2017 Autumn forum)
Sabaidee () This is the greeting from Laos! My name is Chanhsouk or you can just call me “Souk” as my nickname. I am now working as an English Teacher at Khangkhay Teacher Training College (KKTTC), Xiengkhouang province, Lao PDR. My current position is a deputy head of English Language Section. Honestly, I am so glad and excited to be one who can obtain this essential opportunity for this training program. I event did not know this program before until I have discovered it on the internet and thanks for the technology that leads me here. This forum provides a good chance for me to enter the modern and civilized country in the world that I have never been to. I really expect that for almost two months in Japan, many important things will be happened which I can learn and develop myself among diversity society. I also believe that within the motto of “thinking and learning together” will be one significant aspect to allow us to get to know each other very well, at the same time, I will be able to obtain and utilized various skills and knowledge of being young leadership through the activities which are provided by the IATSS forum. Furthermore, this program will also allow us to exchange culture and value from different countries as well as expanding our social network cooperation in the future. Lastly, I would like to appreciate to both countries’ organizers and for your supports. Thank you for this program which provides a good opportunity for young leadership in ASEAN Countries. I am waiting to meet with you all very soon!!
Hello all, first of all I would like to say “I miss every one so much”. It has been so long since I returned from IATSS Forum and loving home in Japan. I always remember things from the time I was living in Japan at the IATSS Forum with all of the participants and staff which will always remain in my memory forever. After this training I have learnt a lot of new things and also exchanged experiences with all of my friends who are from ASEAN countries. I loved every single minute that I had sharing with all friends and staff and I really like Japanese people because they are kind and friendly. The food was also delicious especially sushi, yummy salad and salmon! This training provided me number of opportunities and the experience that I gained from workshops, seminars and friends. All of the professors were excellent and experts at supporting our learning. We did our project together, working hard as a team with the assistance of the IATSS staff, we all put ourselves into this work without complaining. All the experiences that I have learned in Japan became my new mirror to shine my way in terms of working. Recently, I have used some techniques to train my staff in my office especially “facilitation skills” as a result this skill is very important for all who would like to become leaders as well as teachers in order to support meetings or workshops. Teamwork is very significant in terms of learning together, I used a lot of these techniques to help teaching because students can learn very well as a team. Finally, I just want to say that I am missing all of the good times in Japan very much, it’s like we were one family living together, learning together, having fun together so it’s right that “we are one team, one spirit and one destination”.