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Embracing the Unknown: My Journey on a Working Holiday in New Zealand

As I sit down to reflect on my whirlwind experience, I can't help but marvel at the twists and turns that led me here—to New Zealand, a place that has become my temporary home through the avenue of a working holiday visa. My journey began in the bustling streets of Japan, where I was just another university student with dreams of a future in architecture.



In Japan, I was immersed in the world of academia, diligently studying architecture within the confines of a classroom. Yet, despite my passion for the field, I lacked the real-world experience and professional exposure that would truly prepare me for a career in architecture. That is until an unexpected opportunity presented itself—the chance to work at JAPAN HOMES LIMITED, a company deeply involved in overseas architectural projects.



From the moment I stepped foot into the realm of practical application, I knew this experience would be transformative. Gone were the days of theoretical lectures; instead, I found myself grappling with the complexities of construction sites, navigating unforeseen challenges, and learning the intricacies of managing projects abroad. It was a crash course in adaptability and problem-solving, where every setback became a lesson and every triumph a testament to my growth.



But my journey wasn't solely about honing my professional skills; it was also a personal odyssey of self-discovery. The seeds of wanderlust were planted during my high school years when I found myself adrift amidst a sea of expectations, unsure of my own path amidst the certainty of others'. It was this longing for exploration, coupled with a love for craftsmanship, that led me to pursue architecture and eventually embark on this adventure.



As I navigated the unfamiliar terrain of a foreign country, I was met with a kaleidoscope of cultures and perspectives, each offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of humanity. Whether it was bonding with fellow travelers at a language school or navigating the nuances of multinational workplaces, every encounter served to broaden my horizons and deepen my understanding of the world around me.



Of course, the journey was not without its challenges. The specter of COVID-19 loomed large, threatening to derail my plans and cast doubt on the feasibility of my dreams. Yet, in the face of uncertainty, I chose to persevere, embracing each obstacle as an opportunity for growth and resilience.



Now, as I prepare to bid farewell to this chapter of my life and return to the familiar halls of academia, I do so with a newfound sense of purpose and determination. My time in New Zealand may have been brief, but its impact will endure far beyond the confines of time and space.



For me, a working holiday was more than just a chance to see the world; it was a journey of self-discovery, a testament to the power of resilience, and a reminder that sometimes, the greatest adventures await those who dare to step into the unknown.


BY KAZUKI NAKAHARA




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