OUR STORY

KJEC stands for “Korea Japan English Camp.” The vision for KJEC came from our program director, Mathew Goldberg. Mat was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in South Korea for three years. He taught English at a high school there from 2014 to 2017.

While visiting a fellow Fulbright ETA in Thailand, he noticed students’ genuine interest in getting to know him, despite the language barrier. He learned that in 2015, the Fulbright Thai and Malaysian programs collaborated to make an English camp for their own high school students. They wanted to help students build their cultural awareness and English conversation skills.

Inspired by this project, Mat began brainstorming for an immersive, collaborative camp for his own class. In thinking of possible partner countries, he was drawn immediately to Japan. He knew the two countries share a difficult history, but he also knew that his students were genuinely interested in Japan.

He developed the idea, and took it forward with the Korean-American Educational Commission who supported him throughout the process and helped him navigate working with the US Embassy in Seoul. Now, the Korea Japan English Camp is officially in its 3rd year!

“THE ESSENCE OF INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION IS THE ACQUISITION OF EMPATHY”
~Senator J. William Fullbright

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to:

Promote cultural reconciliation by fostering future leaders with a global mindset and providing students with access to travel and experiential education opportunities.

Shrink the opportunity gap by providing students with access to travel and experiential education and fostering future leaders who value global cooperation.

Foster future leaders with a global mindset by providing students with access to travel and experiential education.

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