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    Posted January 19, 2014 by
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    Big challenge in Australia


    I had a big challenge in 2013. I took part in a 10-day dolphin cruise internship in Port Stephens, Australia while staying with a host family. I am from Japan and wanted to practice my English and challenge myself in new ways. I have been interested in dolphins since I was small, so I chose this internship.  It was my first trip abroad by myself. I could speak only a little English and was going to an unknown country where I knew no one. So it was like an adventure for me. I felt timid on my first day at work and worried about whether I could communicate in English.  I regretted going there a little, but of course I had to. I told myself I could do it and that it would be alright. Somehow, I would make it. Working on a dolphin cruise was a really great experience. I had a lot of wonderful encounters with people from all over the world. People who live in Port Stephens are very kind and friendly. My host family was really nice, too. They took me to many places every day. Sometimes, however, I got into difficulties because of language. For example, I couldn’t answer questions from tourists well at work, and I got lost because I couldn’t really catch the words my host mother told me. But I really enjoyed the beautiful nature, many kinds of animals, and wonderful people. I liked Port Stephens so much. I was able to have a great experience that I usually can not. I think this experience gave me courage to try new things, and it was a good chance to realize that it is important to tackle every challenge without being afraid of culture.

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