By Luis Castilla
East Los Angeles College students have an opportunity to visit Japan during an 11-day program in January led by English professor Nadia Swerdlow.
The program will give participants the chance to learn about the Japanese culture while visiting historic landmarks, taking guided tours and participating in many other activities all over Japan. The program is set to begin on Jan. 2 and end on Jan. 12.
The cost of the entire trip is $3,795, but those who sign up before Feb. 28 will receive a $250 discount. This price covers round-trip airfare, hotel rooms, daily breakfast and select dinners, a full-time tour director, daily activities, tours and entrances to attractions.
Some of the highlights of the program include visiting Himeji Castle, a tour of Hiroshima, riding a cable car up Mount Komagatake and enjoying authentic Japanese food.
The aim is to have participants immerse themselves in the Japanese culture and educate them on its environment, which blends urban cities with historic landmarks.
To sign up, participants must be over 18 years old or college students. The trip will be paid for in 10 monthly payments of $397. Those who are over 30 years old will pay for their trip in 10 monthly payments of $433.
The opportunity is being announced one year in advance so that participants have the chance to save up money to pay for the trip.
Swerdlow plans on having fundraisers to help pay for the program. She has already purchased a hot dog machine and is planning to leave fundraising ideas to those who will be attending the program. Swedlow says that if 25 people sign up for the program, everyone’s price will drop a couple hundred dollars.
Swerdlow says she wants to have a group of program participants revive a dormant club so that their fundraising efforts can be aided by ASU.
Swedlow is the daughter of immigrants and grew up in Gary, Indiana. As a child, she was able to travel to many different countries with her family.
Swerdlow hopes that by offering people this opportunity, their world will broaden a lot more.
“Getting to see the world made me realize that the life isn’t just Gary, Indiana,” said Swerdlow.
Swerdlow will be holding meetings for those interested in the program every Tuesday this month in E3-155 at 12:15 p.m.