The Prefecture of Okinawa chose twenty of their top students to spend three weeks at the University of Houston where they studied leadership, English language and the Culture Bump Approach to understanding cultural differences. During their stay, they visited in host family homes and experienced dorm life at a major urban university. They received instruction in culture bumps, perceptions, cultural adjustment, emotional intelligence, communication styles and cultural values while preparing group and individual presentations, role plays and finding “culture bump buddies”.
They were attended by members of AIESEC Houston as well as Asian study students from University of Houston and Houston Community College. As a result of the interactive approach of Culture Bump, the American and Okinawan students experienced new cultural awareness and insights. The program director of OPSAC, Tadahiko Kinjo, was very pleased with the result and plans to bring another group to Houston in 2014.