Meet and Greet With MnK EdVenture Summer Saff
July 14, 2022

Meet and Greet With MnK EdVenture Summer Saff

This week the JEC interns at MnK Niseko: Go, Hanzo and Saehyun were able to sit down with the EdVenture Summer team members to get a sneak peak of the behind-the-scenes of the program.  Jack, Laurie, and Blake are part of management, and Miyu, Hiroki, Ayaka, and Oliver who are part of the seasonal team.

Read more about the JEC interns and their experience with us at MnK Niseko here!

Jack & Blake holding up Laurie
Hi Jack, can you give us a short introduction of yourself?

Hello, I'm Jack! I'm originally from the UK but spent a long time living in Hong Kong before Niseko. Been enjoying the Hokkaido life for about 6 years now. I'm pretty much an outdoor guy, enjoy all the seasons that Niseko offers and the changing of activities that can be done at different times of the year.

And how long have you been with the EdVenture team?

Came to Niseko for the EdVenture program. This winter I'll be starting my 7th year. WOW!

Can you tell us what makes EdVenture so unique? And what you think the most exciting activity EdVenture offers?

EdVenture is different in how both campers and parents can enjoy the beauty of this area together, the mix of child-only and level parental involvement makes it unique from other programs on offer, something I think families really appreciate. I think what makes EdVenture exciting is getting to show families how good of a place it can be in the summer. Niseko is so well known for its winter seasons that sometimes summer gets brushed aside, but summer is such good fun here, there's always something to do, just got to get out and explore!

Lastly, do you have any advice for new EdVenture families?

Once you know your dates, get in touch! We are always happy to point you in the right direction to help you make the most of your time with us!

Thank you Jack! Can you give us a short introduction of yourself Laurie?

Hey, my name is Laurie.  I'm originally from the UK but have been living in Niseko for the last 10 years.  I love being outside and enjoying everything the Niseko area has to offer in both summer and winter.

And how long have you been with the EdVenture team?

I have been working with EdVenture full-time for the last 2 years but have been around the camp since it started 10 years ago.

Can you tell us what makes EdVenture so unique? And what you think the most exciting activity EdVenture offers?

What makes EdVenture unique is the passion the staff has for outdoor education and how they pass this on to the campers, kids, and parents alike.   In my opinion, the most exciting activity EdVenture offers is the overnight camp trips. Many of our families have never camped before and the enjoyment and the memories they get out of it are priceless.

Lastly, do you have any advice for new EdVenture families?

Book early! (and make sure you have all the items on the clothing list, dry campers are happy campers)

Thank you Laurie, now Blake, can you give us a short introduction of yourself?

I'm Blake, a strawberry farmer from Australia. I came to Niseko for 5 months in 2019 and am still here three years later. I am on the mountain every day in winter and floating around Hokkaido's rivers and lakes in summer.

And how long have you been with the EdVenture team?

I started with EdVenture three years ago as a seasonal ski instructor and moved to a full-time position earlier this year.

Can you tell us what makes EdVenture so unique? And what you think the most exciting activity EdVenture offers?

Most kids camps focus solely on keeping kids entertained until it's time for parents to pick them up. The programs at EdVenture are created with the goal of activating kids' minds and teaching them things that they wouldn't generally learn in a traditional classroom.

Lastly, do you have any advice for new EdVenture families?

Eat a big breakfast before you come, you will need the energy!

Thanks a bunch Jack, Laurie and Blake! Next up we sat down with seasonal staff: Miyu, Ayaka, Hiroki, and Oliver.
Ayaka, Miyu, Oliver & Hiroki
Hi Miyu, can you give us a short introduction of yourself? 

My name is Miyu. I’m 21 years old and a senior at the University of Hawaii.

Why did you choose to work with EdVenture?

I wanted to work at a camp this summer because I grew up going to a summer camp in Tahoe and California and also, I wanted to go to a different area of Japan. EdVenture contains a lot of bilingual campers, which I thought would help my dream of being a bilingual teacher!

How are you enjoying the work now, and what was your favorite activity that you did with campers?

I am having so much fun! Every weekend is so new and different, and I love meeting the various range of campers. My favorite activity is farming with the campers and making our own food with it like strawberry popsicles and pizzas. Campers can learn about the local produce and create their own food from their crops, which is pretty awesome! 

Do you have any advice for future EdVenture families?

Get good rest before you come, and be open-minded!

Thanks Miyu! Ayaka, can you give us a short introduction of yourself? 

Hi my name is Ayaka, and I'm from Yokohama.

Why did you choose to work with EdVenture?

 I came to Niseko in April to work with the kids at MnK and to learn English as well. After this I am hoping to get a job using English as well as Japanese.

How are you enjoying the work now, and what was your favorite activity that you did with campers?

Yes, I am having a great time with my job. The favorite activity for me was rafting.

Do you have any advice for future EdVenture families?

It would be a good time for the kids to become independent and to work together with each other to complete the given task.

Thanks Ayaka! Can you give us a short introduction of yourself Oliver? 

Hello, my name is Ollie, and I am from England. I am 22 years old and have been in Japan for about one month now. I love the outdoors, and I really like being in Niseko!

Why did you choose to work with EdVenture?

Actually, one of my friends who worked for the winter camp told me that the camp was amazing, so I decided to join the summer camp.

How are you enjoying the work now, and what was your favorite activity that you did with campers?

The work is great and it is really rewarding to see the kids battling during the activities. My favorite activity that we have done so far is definitely white water rafting. It was hilarious haha! Sometimes campers get scared, but they are really brave at the end, which is great to see their mental growth.

Do you have any advice for future EdVenture families?

Hmm. a lot of parents are worried about their kids being in their own outdoors. I would say have trust in their child or children that they will make mistakes and learn from their mistakes. It is a great chance to explore and learn more about the outdoors! 

Thank you Ollie! Can you give us a short introduction of yourself Hiroki? 

My name is Hiroki, I am from Hyogo Prefecture and 22 years old.

Why did you choose to work with EdVenture?

The previous work that I had was related to kids and I like kids so I decided to apply for this job. I also wanted to learn English so that is another reason that I applied for this job.

How are you enjoying the work now, and what was your favorite activity that you did with campers?

Yes, I am enjoying my job. My favorite activity that I have participated was tree trekking with the kids because the activity itself was hard but looking at them working hard was inspirational for me.

Do you have any advice for future EdVenture families?

Let the kids enjoy what activities they like and have the kids figure out tasks

Thank you all for your time! We look forward to the next few weeks of Summer Camp 2022.
For those interested in applying with EdVenture Niseko (summer/winter) please check here for available positions. Families interested in summer, autumn, or winter camp please check out the EdVenture Niseko website!

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