AIU高校生国際交流プログラム（AIU High School Diplomats Program / HSD）は、毎年夏休み期間中の約３週間、日本全国から選抜された高校生40名（男女各20名）を高校生外交官＝High School Diplomatsとして米国に派遣します。
藤本 友梨 Yuri FujimotoThere were many times when I felt frustrated because I couldn’t express what I thought in English well, so through these experiences, I was really motivated to improve English. Before I joined HSD, I was afraid of speaking in front of people without preparation. During HSD there were many discussions, and every time I said my opinion, the members listened to them seriously, so gradually my anxiety disappeared, and I decided to make the most of the chances that I got. Thanks to the HSD family, I came to think more like this. Every member has their charms and individuality. From now on, I want to cherish these encounters more than before. Thank you.
担当教諭 Anthony HollinghurstI was really delighted when Yuri told me that she had been chosen to participate in this year’s High School Diplomats program. This is the third consecutive year that a student from our school has been fortunate enough to spend three incredible weeks in the United States, but Yuri is a year younger than both of the previous participants, which perhaps made her achievement even more impressive. While she is not an extrovert, Yuri is passionate in her beliefs and wants to make her voice heard, attributes that I’m sure helped her to be chosen, and also benefitted her during the program. As a hard-working and very serious-minded student, I knew that Yuri would benefit a lot from the visits to the governmental and international institutions in New York and Washington. Sure enough, she told me that her favorite place had been the Pentagon, but then went on to say that she had been most surprised to find a candy store inside! She also told me that one of her most precious memories was the time spent with her American roommate, particularly as she was worried that they hadn’t got on so well at the start. By the end they seemed to have become great friends, though, so it seems to have been a very rewarding experience indeed for Yuri. I hope that, despite returning to her busy everyday life as a high school student, she finds the time to fully appreciate all the experiences that she had during the summer and is able to utilize the knowledge and skills that she has undoubtedly acquired for her own benefit and for the benefit of the students around her at our school. As I wrote last year, I think that this program is excellent and I would like to thank all the people involved in its organization and implementation. I hope that all of this year’s participants become truly globally-minded souls and help to further enhance the image of Japan internationally.