Name: Alexander Fidel
Tätigkeit mit World Unite!: Praktikumskoordinator
Nationalität: Japanisch, US-Amerikanisch
Sprachen: Japanisch, Englisch
Alex organisiert Praktika in Japan und betreut in Tokio unsere Teilnehmer des Praktikumsprogramms. Er ist halb Japaner und halb US-Amerikaner und beherrscht Japanisch und Englisch als Muttersprache. Er ging sowohl einige Jahre in Japan als auch in den USA zur Schule, studierte in den USA und war 7 Jahre als Grundschullehrer in Tokio tätig, bevor er 2015 anfing, für World Unite! zu arbeiten.
What do you enjoy the most about working at World Unite!?
What I enjoy the most working at World Unite! is to meet people from abroad who have interest in Japanese culture, and who enjoy internships in the field of their interest. I had a similar experience by doing an internship in Brazil which was arranged by an University exchange program. I understand the reason why one would want to do an internship abroad and I enjoy making this happen for others by being part of World Unite!.
Where do you find most enjoyable to spend your leisure time at?
I spend most of my leisure time in Shibuya where they have countless of restaurants, bars, and music venues to socialize.
What is your favorite local food, and where can it be found?
I often eat out at this chain restaurant called Katsuya (かつや), where they serve different type of fried pork dishes. The quality of the food is excellent, the portion of the food is very filling, and the price is reasonable. The morning hours the price is cheaper and you get a 100 yen discount coupon every single time you go there! (Note - this depends on the branch you go to).
What should participants coming to Japan make sure not to miss?
I believe all participants should experience not only the city life but the nature in Japan as well. My personal favorite is go to an Onsen (温泉), a hot spring bath, out in the wilderness.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests, and where can you do your hobbies in Japan?
I have two main hobbies, capoeira (Brazilian dancing martial arts) and preforming live music (drummer/percussionist). For capoeira, I attend to the dojo located near by Okubo station. For preforming live music, I usually have gigs at Shibuya and other locations as well (Roppongi, Shimokitazawa, etc.). If you have interest in my hobbies, you're more than welcome to contact me.
What is the most memorable episode that you have experienced with a World Unite! participant?
It is hard to pick one experience. The ones I enjoy the most is when people come check out my live music performance or when I recommend other band's live performance and going there together in a group.