【研修コース】帰国研修員からのメッセージ ―日本での留学生活を終えて―



We have received messages from ex-participants of JICA KCCP (training program) in Obihiro and are now struggling with difficulties of COVID-19 in their countries! We will introduce each one in a series; here is a message from Mr. FRANCISCO Elton Amadeus, Mozambique.
(English follows Japanese.)





出会ってくださったすべてのみなさまへ。Arigato Gozaimashita!

My Students Life Experience in Japan

I came to Japan in December 2020 to study a Master's course at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, supported by JICA, through the ABE Initiative (African Business Education Initiative for Youth) a scholarship program that aims to strengthen the relationship and cooperation between Africa and Japan. Initially, I was supposed to arrive in September but due to the lockdown caused by the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, I arrived in Obihiro at the end of December 2020.
Before I came to Japan I was working as an agrarian extension at the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries of Inhambane province, in Mozambique (2012-2020), where my duty was to support small farmers by disseminating technologies for improving agricultural production in rural areas as well as facilitating the access of the market. Most of the areas where I used to work were constantly affected by droughts and the soils are very poor. It was during my work activities that I got passionate about soil science, because of the permanent need of improving crop productivity in the farmer’s field. I decided to join the Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine because of its specialty in agricultural fields and its experience in collaborating with African institutions.

My Master’s research was on Soil Science, with a focus on understanding the factors affecting the spatial variability of soil properties on the field scale in the Tokachi district. I was supported by two supervisors, who helped me to deeply study and understand the soil in the Tokachi region, combining both laboratory and on-field research.
During the two years of research, I had the opportunity to attend and present the results of my research at two conferences, which helped me to interact with researchers from all over Japan and share experiences on soil science research activities.

Apart from research activities, during my stay in Obihiro, I made many Japanese friends with who I enjoyed different and amazing moments. Although most of the time I spent was under the COVID-19 restrictions I was able to travel around Hokkaido and visited places such as Furano, Tomamu, Akan, Kushiro, Sapporo, and others, where I explored the beauty of nature and the richest culture that can be found in most of these places.
In the beginning, was very difficult to adapt to Obihiro’s winter, but with time I learned how “to survive” and enjoy in a very cold environment. I experienced winter sports such as Skiing and fishing in frozen lakes, and now I can say that winter is my favorite season in Hokkaido. About food, I tried most of the Japanese dishes, everywhere I went I tasted the traditional food, but the Tokachi Butadon is undoubtedly one of the best I tasted.

My time in Obihiro has been amazing, I also had the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the world, and with different experiences and some of them became my friends. I learned a lot and surely it helped me to become a better person than I was before I came to Japan, therefore I can say that I was “reborn” in Obihiro. I have the best memories of this place and surely wherever I go I will let people know about this city, the culture, and the fascinating people.
After my Master’s graduation, I decided to continue with my studies at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, which give me a chance to continue enjoying the best of Hokkaido and surely make more friends.
Finally, I would like to express my happiest gratitude to JICA for the financial support and for making my stay in Obihiro memorable. I extend my acknowledgment to Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine for accepting me as a student and for providing the most adequate environment to learn and get skills that surely will be helpful for my country and society. For all my friends in Obihiro, I say Arigato Gozaimashita.


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