YMCA (Young Menfs Christian Association) is an international social volunteer organization with a network throughout 122 countries. It is well known as a social educational organization which has been making positive contributions to society in 34 cities in Japan. Kumamoto YMCA started its Japanese Language Education Service in 1979, and has since become a place for Japanese study and cultural exchange between Japanese people and students from all over the world. In 1990, Kumamoto YMCA established its Japanese Language School and has since been authorized by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education. In April 2007, the school has changed from an incorporated foundation to a legally recognized, incorporated educational institution with approval by the authorities. Many graduates of Kumamoto YMCA apply of their Japanese proficiency in their study at Japanese undergraduate and graduate schools. We at Kumamoto YMCA aim at providing high-quality Japanese language programs which enable graduates to pursue higher education in Japan. We also hope to offer opportunities to develop multiculturalis
Through learning Japanese and Japanese culture at YMCA with students from all over the world, you will encounter a variety of cultures. This will let you rediscover yourself and your own culture as well.
Through interactions with YMCA members and local Japanese and/or participating in various volunteer activities, you will learn the significance of living together and supporting each other beyond nationalities or cultural differences.