How is A summer camp a "liberation?"
People often assume that change is incredibly difficult. But we are hoping that all the participants grow, without realizing, at their own pace. When they do realize how much they have changed, they are liberated from that initial assumption.
TOKIHA Camps are spaces of self-discovery where people reflect on their past experiences, perspectives, and even identities. A week-long program in an enclosed environment creates an opportunity for 40 campers and 10 counselors to share new ideas, to rethink the surrounding norms, and to enliven this once-in-a-lifetime summer camp.
Along the way, we inspire the high school students, known as “campers,” to step out of their comfort zones, to spark their motivation to chase a dream, and to grasp a little bit of courage even for something as seemingly simple as asking a question. We aim to empower them to express themselves and their ideas in ways that traditional systems do not allow.
For college students, known as “counselors,” this is a chance to exercise their potentials as educators, mentors, and peers in a unique, two-way learning experience. Every year we repurpose the camp from ground-up, and together create a deck of original workshops. These interactive workshops encompass many different perspectives and fields of interest, leaving rewarding experiences to themselves and enjoyable takeaways for participants.
The camps, which are entirely run in English, are conducted by counselors who keep a close-knit "family" of 8 campers per 2 counselors. These families engage in team bonding activities and then join back together as a group to participate in workshops, guest speaker presentations, and valuable moments during campfires, night walks, and free interactions.
will be in Mito and Tsukuba cities, Ibaraki Prefecture
40 campers and 10 counselors
We will invite 40 campers and 10 counselors from the pool of applicants to attend the TOKIHA Summer Camp 2019. TOKIHA is planning to expand so that we can accommodate more people, more dialogues, more liberating moments!
The campsites, located in the vast outskirts of the city on the Kanto Plain, provides the space of reflection and possibility. TOKIHA Summer Camp 2019 will be held at the Mito-shi Shōnenshizen no Ie (Mito City Shonen Nature House).
Alicia is a Bay Area native from San Jose. She studies History at UC Berkeley and aspires to become a teacher. Her enthusiasm in learning about different cultures has sparked her love for travelling. Alicia plays trumpet in Cal Band and walks her cats in her free time.
Major: Evolutionary Biology and Ecology
Cole, originally from San Diego, California, currently studies Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at UC Los Angeles. Apart from learning about wildlife, Cole loves creating music and art, surfing, making jokes, and exploring the many wonders of the world.
Major: Human Development and Linguistics
Shadia is a first-generation college student at UC Davis. She is currently studying Human Development and Linguistics. In the future she plans to use her skills and passion in the education sector to own and operate an after school center where individuals can learn art, music, gardening, and other methods of self-expression. In her free time you can find her hiking her favorite mountain, falling on her skateboard, or enjoying home cooked Lebanese food with her family.
Major: Cognitive Science and African-American Studies
Nasina has an adventurous spirit and wants to travel the world while researching about different cultures. Her intended major is Cognitive Science and African-American Studies. Prior to TOKIHA, Nasina worked for a number of non-profits including the YMCA of San Francisco and East Bay, and she worked as a playground trainee for the City of Berkeley. Back at home in California she has a dog named Chase.
Lillian is from Fresno, California and currently studies biology at UCLA. She loves learning about the brain and in the future, she hopes to become a professor to inspire future generations. She's also an avid gardener, karaoke expert, and dessert enthusiast.
Major: American Studies
Bryan is a first generation college student from Southern California.He comes from a Latino Heritage that honors kinship and family values. His future goals are to assist in the development of public education through public policy and teaching.
Major: Human Development
Taylor is from Foster City, California, and studies Human Development at UC Davis. After graduating, she hopes to become an elementary school teacher to impact children’s lives positively. Outside of school, Taylor enjoys photography, thrift shopping, and volunteering at animal shelters.
Major: Mathematics and Economics
From San Jose, California, Ryan (Sou) is studying Mathematics and Economics at UC Berkeley. Ryan likes to do various things in his free time from playing sports to playing violin. Ryan has done an Ambassador trip to San Jose’s sister city, Okayama, and really enjoyed it.
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Matthew is a Camp Director for TOKIHA. He studied Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis and is pursuing a career as an Orthotics and Prosthetics clinician. His passions include personal development, education and health, and he strives to live a holistic lifestyle that balances his passions and his career.
Major: Psychology and Social Welfare
Momo is the Camp Director for TOKIHA and finds it to be one really fun way of fulfilling her purpose to serve communities. She studies Psychology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and plans to work in hospital case management. Currently, Momo teaches English to immigrants and refugees at Oakland International High School.