What Can I Do on Campus and in the Community?

Welcome to Willamette, future Bearcat!

At Willamette, there is something to do for everyone.  Here are some of the student involvement opportunities here at Willamette University and in the Salem community:

Student Organizations: http://willamette.edu/offices/osa/orgs/list/

Student organizations, or clubs, are like circles at TIU. They range from very casual to more formal and they are organized and run by students.  There are sports clubs, social clubs, multicultural clubs, service clubs, performing clubs, and many more!     alt

Campus Recreation: https://willamette.edu/offices/campusrec/outdoor-programs/index.html

Campus recreation has a lot of opportunities for students to stay active during their college life.  There are four main branches of Campus Recreation:

  • Outdoor Program: Oregon is a great place to explore the outdoors! Students can join a variety of trips throughout the year to go hiking, camping, ice skating, kayaking, whale watching, and ocean sightseeing, to name a few!                                    https://willamette.edu/offices/campusrec/outdoor-programs/index.html
  • Fitness Classes: Willamette has on-campus fitness classes so students can work out with other community members. The classes are taught by fitness professionals, and any students can sign up! Examples of fitness classes: yoga, total body conditioning, Zumba, total body sculpt (with weights), Pilates, core and stretch, and martial arts.  https://willamette.edu/offices/campusrec/wellness/index.html
  • Sports Clubs: Willamette offers both competitive and non-competitive sports clubs, which depends on the sport. Not all sports are offered, but it is a great way to be active in sports at Willamette. (See list of student organizations)



There are many opportunities throughout the year to experience student leadership at Willamette University:

LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development): students serve as student representatives for one year in one of many Willamette organizations.


LEAD Projects: these are part-time projects that students coordinate throughout the year.  Students have worked on various projects, including Flea Market, the ASP Co-Curricular Honors and Awards, Tomodachi Program events, and the English Speech/Presentation Contest.

Opening Days Leader: Two to three ASP students serve as orientation leaders for the new incoming Willamette students in August. These students represent ASP to the new students as well as learn about how Willamette University orients students to their college life.

Teaching Japanese language and culture

In Salem, there is a large interest from the community to learn about Japanese language and culture.  ASP students have many opportunities to gain teaching experience and share their culture with the community (and it doesn’t have to be just Japanese culture—students from any culture can share and participate):

  • Japanese Language Tutoring Program- pair up with another ASP student to tutor a community member once a week for 1 hour (spring and fall)
  • Work with local junior high school Japanese clubs (Howard Street Charter School and Leslie Middle School) (spring and fall)
  • Become a day camp leader and teach elementary school for one week during a Japanese language and culture camp. This program is called “Explore Japan Day Camp” and was formerly known as “Kaneko Day Camp.”  As of 2015, TIUA partners with the Salem Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) to facilitate the day camp. Click here to read about one ASP student's experience teaching at Explore Japan.
  • Various smaller one-day activities with local community groups of all ages.


Community Service/Volunteering           http://willamette.edu/offices/csl/

altVolunteering is one of the major highlights of the American Studies Program.  Through volunteering, you can learn about society, culture, community, and yourself.  It is a great opportunity to experience something new in the US, support local organizations, and practice your English in real work situations.

Spring Take-a-Break (TaB):  Willamette University offers this program to students during spring break in March.  Each trip focuses on a particular location in the US (usually in the Pacific Northwest or West Coast) and a topic related to social justice.  Willamette students lead the trips, and both ASP and other Willamette students participate for one week.  Examples of topics explored: food justice, prison system, youth homelessness, environmental preservation, native cultures, diversity, and poverty. Click here to read some experiences shared by ASP students.

TIUA offers Summer TaB trips during summer break.  These trips are led by two Willamette students with ASP participants.  The trips are always local (within the Willamette Valley).

Willamette University and TIUA create many opportunities for students to volunteer in the community during all semesters.  There is always something to do!

Students who volunteer more than 100 hours during the ASP academic year can receive a Volunteer Service Award. Click here to read more about these awards.


Tomodachi “Friendship” Programalt

This program is a way for ASP students to meet people outside of university borders. It is a friendship program, not a homestay program. One or two ASP students are matched with a community participant for the year, or for a semester (either Spring--April-June or Fall--Sept.-Dec.). The participant and student should plan to meet at least once a month for an activity such as dinner at the participant's home, celebrating an American holiday, attending a school or sports event, go shopping or on a picnic. The student and participants, through their friendship, will have an opportunity to share their cultures with one another.

This program is optional.  If a student signs up to participate in the Tomodachi Program, the student must allow time in his/her schedule to participate in the events that the community member plans.    There is an assignment sheet that each participant must complete during the year.  Assignments include telephoning your “host”, e-mailing your “host”, inviting your “host” to lunch or dinner at ASP, etc.  It is also important for the ASP students to invite their “host” to various ASP and/or Willamette events.

There are many types of community members who participate, from single parents to older “grandparents” whose children are grown, young couples without children, to young single people.

You will have the opportunity to sign up for the Tomodachi Program in March.     http://www.tiua.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=332&Itemid=239

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