High School Students to Japan: Student application

Gabriel ("Gabby") Venegas  (Boy)

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Contact information
Family information:

Parent / guardian: Zachary Venegas
Parent / guardian: Marisol Venegas

Street Address:

N/A Denver, CO

Personal information

High school: Denver Center for International Studies
Graduates in: 2019
Birthday (yyyy/mm/dd): 2000/08/25



Japanese teacher: Takaaki Matsumoto
  email: takaaki_matsumoto@dpsk12.net
  phone: 720-423-9014

First reference: Mario Giardiello
  email: mario_giardiello@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-9102

Second reference: David Tabano
  email: david_tabano@dpsk12.org
  phone: 720-423-9004


Allergies or medical concerns:


Hobbies and special interests:

Kendo, Muay Thai, Snowboarding, Breakdancing, Languages, Travel

School and community activities:


Special achievements:

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Citizenship Award, Placed 2nd at Naga Jiu-jitsu tournament, Self-taught amateur Python programmer.

Trip-related background
  • Japanese language ability:
    • Conversation: Basic
    • Reading: Basic
    • Writing: Basic



  • Previous travel experience:
    • I have lived outside of the United States for the majority of my life. I have lived in South Africa, Dubai, Switzerland, London, and Bahrain. I have also visited Cambodia, Italy, Malaysia, Oman, and France. I enjoy travel very much because it enhances and expands your mind and mentality through personal experiences. I also believe it is important to learn about and understand cultures outside of my own, as well as develop relationships with people within those cultures.



What I like about Japan / Japanese culture:

I am interested in the traditional aspects of Japanese culture and how the Japanese people maintain their culture within the modern world. I would like to witness how tradition and modern society and technology interact in a country with such an emphasis on its own history.

I have always been fascinated by the Samurai and Bushido, and I would like to see how those same values are implemented into Japanese society today. Old Japanese myths and legends have always interested me, as well as the Japanese language itself because of its complex writing systems.

What I hope to get from this adventure:

I hope to improve my Japanese language skills (I taught myself Japanese for a year before finding a school that offered it and transferring there to study) as well as gain a more personal and in depth understanding of Japanese culture. I would also like to establish friendships and relationships with the people I will be fortunate enough to meet along the way.