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.
- • 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 United States of America or Canada.
• 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 and the United States.
• 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.
• Interns 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.
- We are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 Labo Intern Program. The deadline for applications has been extended to February 24, 2023. For digital submissions, please send a scanned copy of your application to email@example.com (transcripts and references should be sent separately). For more information, please contact the Intern Coordinator.
You can download an application form using the links below:
- US Intern Application Form
- Canadian Intern Application Form
- Please contact the Labo office for more information