The Labo Intern program offers young adults the opportunity to live and work in Japan for ONE YEAR
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- • US and Canadian Interns fly to Japan in early September and return home the following August.
• Australian and New Zealand Interns fly to Japan in early February and return home the following January.
- • Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of application, and may not be over 25.
• Applicants must be citizens of the USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia.
• They should have a strong interest in Japan, in working with children, and in living with host families for one year.
• Prior knowledge of Japanese is not required, but applicants must be willing to work hard to master the Japanese language during their year in Japan.
• Previous participation on the Labo Homestay in Japan is highly encouraged.
- Job Description
- Ten months are spent working in Labo offices throughout Japan. Responsibilities vary from district to district, and person to person. But all include:
• Visiting Labo Parties at least three times per week — working with young Labo members, making presentations about life overseas, and encouraging their use of English.
• Meeting with Labo Tutors and parents to discuss youth culture in Canada, the US, New Zealand and Australia.
• Attending College Mate (university students) meetings.
• Working at Labo’s summer and winter camps.
• Taking a leadership role during Labo’s winter and summer exchange programs.
• Assisting with English-language office work.
- Language Study
- Interns spend two months studying Japanese at Labo’s NIHONGO Institute in Tokyo. This time is also used for orientation to Labo, and training Interns on their job responsibilities and duties.
- Independent Study Project
- Successful completion of an Independent Study Project is a visa requirement for this program. Interns are allotted one day per week to work on their project, which must be about some aspect of traditional Japanese culture. A final presentation, demonstration, or paper is required before the Intern leaves Japan.
Before coming to Japan, some Interns arrange to receive university credit for their independent study project.
- Interns live with about six host families throughout the year. They may request specific host families, or Labo will assign them to appropriate families.
- Financial Considerations
- • Labo provides round-trip airfare to Japan.
• From internships beginning in 2019, interns will receive a stipend of 50,000 yen (net) per month. Labo pays the Japanese taxes, but Interns are responsible for any taxes in their home country.
• Labo provides host families for Interns, and hotel stays when traveling. Meals are taken with the host families, except for lunch, which is the responsibility of the Intern.
• All transportation costs in Japan are borne by Labo except for private travel.
• Interns are enrolled in Japan’s National Healthcare Plan insurance program. Labo will pay all premiums. Interns are responsible for 30% of the total medical fees for the treatment of injury or illness specified in the insurance plan.
- U.S. Applications must arrive at the Labo office in Tokyo no later than December 20th, for the program beginning the following September. Finalists will be interviewed in February. Click here for downloadable application.
- Canada Applications must arrive at the Labo office in Tokyo no later than December 20th, for the program beginning the following September. Finalists will be interviewed in February. Click here for downloadable application.
- Australia Applications are due on August 31 for the program beginning the following February. Click here for downloadable application.
Please mail your application to:
Ayako Mitsui at:
379 Burns Bay Road
Lane Cove, NSW 2066
- New Zealand Applications are due on August 31 for the program beginning the following February. Click here for downloadable application.
Please mail your application to Stuart Cundy
P.O. Box 3129
- Please contact the Labo office for more information