New Japan International Cooperation Agency( J.I.C.A.) volunteers, Takahiro Kojima, a Science Teacher at Manono-Uta Primary School and Misaki Sasajima, a Physical Therapist for Loto Taumafai Society, have landed in Samoa.
They are in their mid to late twenties respectively, and had chosen to experience volunteering their services abroad - in a foreign country where they have ultimately been selected to serve in Samoa for two years.
They are both looking forward to learning the Samoan language, as this will help them to communicate with the local people.
They will also experience first-hand village life, each staying with a Samoan family along the East Coast.
For the month of April 2018, 2,584 J.I.C.A. volunteers were dispatched to work in 77 countries around the world.
From this total, 2,192 are J.O.C.V. or Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, aged between 20 to 39 years. The remaining 392 are Senior Volunteers aged between 40 to 69 years.
Japan through J.I.C.A. Samoa Office’s technical cooperation program, continue friendly relations with Samoa, since establishing in 1972.