Trey Wilson, a Desert Vista High School alumnus, was selected by Phoenix Sister Cities as one of the seven people to represent Phoenix for the 2014-15 Teach Abroad Program in Himeji, Japan.
The seven candidates that were selected will teach in Japan for the following year and will serve as assistant language teachers and assistant supervisor of education.
According to its website, the Phoenix Sister Cities program helps create people-to-people relationships between the residents of Phoenix and its sister cities through commercial, educational, cultural and artistic exchange programs.
Wilson, who graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communication, always knew at an early age that he wanted to assist others in some type of capacity.
He began his journey at the age of 15 by being a lifeguard. That led him to become an after-school counselor, a youth sports director and head coach of a youth basketball team.
The 24-year-old Wilson originally went to college to become a teacher, but was steered away from that career.
He hopes by teaching abroad in Japan will refuel his passion for helping children learn.
“I think by going overseas and teaching for a year, I’m going to see if teaching is my passion and hopefully I’ll get a better understanding of myself and what I want to do when I come back,” he said.
Wilson said his experience in Japan would not only give him a chance to teach others, but would also allow him to learn about Japanese culture.
“I’ve really been interested in the Japanese culture, and I’m sure that I’m going to learn plenty and share my knowledge,” he said. “I just want to take advantage of this opportunity to teach, travel and see the world.”
Along with teaching English at a middle school in Japan, Wilson plans to get involved with after-school activities such as coaching basketball.
“I’m very blessed and excited to make the best out of my time over there,” he said. “I’m going to get involved with as many things that I can and immerse myself in the culture.”
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