UWP web developer headed for Japan

July 1, 2003

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2003_07_01.jpgPLATTEVILLE-Promoting global friendship is getting to be second nature for Sean Sieg, whose friendliness is outranked only by his desire to teach English.

Sieg, who works as lead web developer for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is volunteering to be an English conversation partner at a summer camp near Nagasaki.

"I will live, eat and work with campers 24 hours a day," said Sieg. Campers range in age from three to 22. "This will be quite a challenge," he said. On weekends, however, Sieg will get a break, living with a host family nearby.

This is Sieg's second visit to Japan. He went to Nagasaki two years ago as part of a semester-long UWP Study Abroad program.

"I like getting to know people and making friends from other countries," said Sieg, who is a South Milwaukee native.

Sieg is looking forward to returning to Japan. The Nagasaki harbor is unparalleled for beauty, he said. "It's so colorful with its shops, musicians and ships. "I really like the people, culture and food there."

Sieg is so attracted to the Japanese culture he may seek employment there in the future, possibly teaching English.

Family members are generally supportive of his forays to Japan and possible move there. An initial reluctance surfaced from his grandfather, a World War II veteran who fought in the Pacific theater against the Japanese. "He's pleased I'm going now, though," Sieg said.

About a third of Nagasaki was destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945. A park and monument commemorating the disaster is a place Sieg has visited.

Sieg is a senior at UWP and plans to graduate with a double major of computer science and English.

The program Sieg is involved with this summer is Summer Camp USA, part of Guy Healy, Japan, an international agency founded in 1984 to promote overseas study.

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