I just found this community so I thought I'd join and make a post. I'm a junior in High School and I'll be going to Japan this summer on the JUSSE scholarship. I am excited beyond words, but at the same time I have to admit that I'm terrified. Can anyone that's been through it give me any advice? I still haven't gotten any information about my host family which I guess is understandable, but it's still really annoying. I know they said it's possible not to get host family info until as late as the day before you leave, but does that really happen? I don't think I could wait that long. I'd like to at least know what city I'll be in. Oh well. I guess the only thing I can do is wait and see what happens. Though I do have a few other questions for some of you out there that have gone to Japan through YFU: How much of the language did you know before you left? Were you able to get by fine with this amount of knowledge or were there many issues with it? What about school? How much time did you spend as a student? What were the classes like? When you weren't in school what types of things did you do? Did you mainly spend your time with your host family or with friends? How was it trying to make friends there? And I realize now that I'm really just rambling off random questions as they pop into my head, but I do that when I'm nervous, so I think I'll just stop now.
Oh! One more thing: Does anyone have any suggestions for gifts to bring to people? About how many should I bring?
Thanks for your help!