Akiyo Ichihara will complete her six-month internship in the North Sanpete School District soon after Christmas and then return to her home in Yokohama, Japan, and her job as a computer programmer.

"I came here for the purpose of introducing Japan to young people and to study your language and culture," Ichihara explains. She's done her teaching in the North Sanpete Middle School and the district's elementary schools."I like very much your children," she says, "so open and friendly, and your country, so very big."

Ichihara is a college graduate, earning her degree at Kanto Gakuin University. She came to the United States through the International Internship Program.