Students' Stories
The experiences of first-time volunteers!

We have asked students who were new or first-time volunteers what they thought about their volunteer experiences.

Shiori Takeoka
Tokyo Eisei Gakuen College
Shiori Takeoka

I was a team leader for a running event called "Universal Ekiden" that many different people could participate in, including children, the elderly, and people with impairments.

I've always been shy and not very good at approaching people, and I was nervous about having to lead a team. However, when I actually tried it, everyone involved was very supportive and we managed to have fun right through to the end!

Daiki Take
Tokyo Eisei Gakuen College
Daiki Take

My studies at technical college include Para-sports and welfare, and I wanted to volunteer in something related to these fields. My friends and I participated in a sports tournament for people with impairments.

I had decided to participate without being nervous, and getting involved and interacting with a wide range of people was a truly beneficial experience.
If you are hesitating to participate in volunteering, why don't you take it as a fun challenge?

Yoshio Ishikawa
Japan College of Foreign Languages
Yoshio Ishikawa

I became interested in volunteering through one of my seniors at school and got involved helping a dance event for the people with impairments , called "Do-Re-Mi-Fa Dance Concert," as a guide and operational assistant.
People with impairments were predominant at the event.

So there were many moves that people with impairments found difficult to make in places where people without impairments could pass with ease. This was what I had in mind when I guided them and assisted operations. I was able to make many new discoveries, which I would not have noticed in my everyday life!

Yuka Hatakeyama
Japan College of Foreign Languages
Yuka Hatakeyama

I served as a volunteer looking after runners' belongings at the Tokyo Marathon.

Although it was my first time volunteering, it was actually a lot busier than I expected, and it made me really aware of how difficult it is to deal with these kinds of situations calmly, but all the staff supported me and, all throughout, it was a fun experience!

Akiko Karakawa
Japan College of Foreign Languages
Akiko Karakawa

Volunteering has given me the kinds of experiences that part-time jobs couldn't.

When I volunteered at an event in which participants enjoyed sports with athletes and comedians, I was able to see for myself on-the-spot interviews, which I'd often seen on TV. I think these kinds of valuable experiences can only be gained through volunteering!

Saki Ito
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Saki Ito

I have volunteered in a project to redevelop a bamboo thicket on my university's premises. I love nature and I didn't know much about the university's surroundings. That was why I picked this activity which I hoped would motivate me into learning about the area around myself.

It turned out to be not only a chance to know more about my university's surroundings but also a boost to get myself interested in my neighborhood.

Nao Yasuda
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Nao Yasuda

I have taken part in volunteering activities to operate a sports event for people with impairments and an event for elementary school children to experience Para sports first hand.

There were many similarly inexperienced people there. Senior volunteers and the on-the-spot staff were also so kind in showing me how to do it that in the end I was like, "I've made it – unexpectedly!" I love the Olympics and the Paralympics so much that I want to make the most of my volunteer experience to become one of the volunteers again and build the Tokyo 2020 Games together.