Carleton staff member leads Canadian youth delegation in Japan

Thanks in part to her position as the administrator at Carleton International, Yvonne Clevers got the opportunity to travel to Tokyo, Japan on an international youth development exchange, paid for entirely by the Japanese government.

Clevers was chosen to be the leader of the Canadian delegation that spent three weeks in Japan with approximately 180 other youth from 11 different countries.

“It was great to meet people of my age from different countries with a common interest,” she says. “We developed such close connections and friendships…I didn’t expect to become so close to people in only three weeks.”

The other countries represented at the July conference were Chile, Dominican Republic, Hungary, Jordan, Morocco, Myanmar, Mongolia, Norway and Senegal.

Clevers says she learned a great deal about different cultures, Japanese in particular, primarily due to the fact that she wasn’t “just visiting as a tourist.”

It will probably help her in job at Carleton International too, she says. With Carleton having three exchange agreements with universities in Japan, Clevers says now she will be able to give advice based on first-hand experience.

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