Departmental Bulletin Paper The Positive Effects of the Buddy Model in International Student Exchange

SEKI, Akinori

(138)  , pp.73 - 90 , 2016-02-24 , 東京経済大学人文自然科学研究会
This paper discusses the ‘Buddy Model’ of cultural learning and measures itseffectiveness in promoting cross-cultural relationships. This model was developedby the author and implemented in 2013 and 2014 to enhance intercultural studentexchange programs in Vietnam.  This paper describes the effectiveness of the Buddy Model for enhancingcultural understanding and minimizing culture shock within study abroad programs.The Buddy Model specifically aims to address Japanese and Vietnamesecultural differences by tailoring activities to meet theoretically best practices andthe unique needs of Japanese students. This study found the Buddy Model to beof particular relevance for the Framework of the Vietnam-Japan Youth Exchange(JVYE) due to its effectiveness in exposing Japanese youth to Vietnamese culture.

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