Welcome ALC 2 Participants!

let us prepare for an amazing experience

Welcome to ALC Family ;)

Hello, 你好, こんにちは!My name is Hirona, the Program Director of ALC 2. Welcome to VIA and ALC family! Some of you might remember my name or face from interviews during the selection process;) I am very excited to have you all at Stanford this summer and I promise to you that you are going to have life-changing experiences, gain long-lasting friendship and deepen understanding of yourself and the world.

When I was a university student, I also participated in many international youth exchange programs, volunteers programs and youth conferences. I lived with many international participants, learned together, played together and cannot remember how many times I stayed up for ever-lasting midnight conversations. This experience surely changed my life.


Of course, I encountered many cultural differences I had never imagined. Sometimes, it was challenging not to get too emotional or judgmental. However, eventually, we built a rapport and realized the joy of getting to know each other over differences. I am sure you are going to go through similar process at ALC, too. Here are some examples of mine:

So, how can you prepare for ALC?

Progress Log

Remember to complete each section of your progress log by the due dates given. If you have any questions, please contact Christy at christy@viaprograms.org

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I cannot wait to see you all at Stanford!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.