Teach English and participate in activities with Japanese children and young students in kindergartens, schools or after-school centers, while experiencing the unique lifestyle in Tokyo.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided.
Youth Development and Education interns in Tokyo are highly appreciated. Many Japanese parents work until late at night, so it’s normal for children to spend six hours or more at after-school care programs, where they do homework or play games. By joining this Youth Development and Education internship in Japan, you’ll assist in these programs, known locally as gakudos, and have the option to be placed in international kindergartens or schools during the day.
Regardless of your placement, interns in Tokyo are highly valued for providing students with casual exposure to the English language. You can help to teach students English, or take part in arts, music, theater, or other games. Students range in age from 3-14, and interns can request to work with students of a particular age if you wish. This will be accommodated wherever possible, but cannot be guaranteed.
Interns will work closely with local teachers and other staff, helping to prepare lessons and educational material appropriate for the children or students in your placement. Your main focus will be on teaching English, either formally in lessons, or informally in more casual settings.
English language speakers are sought-after as teachers, so interns don’t need to speak Japanese. However, some students may not be able to communicate in English very well. In these instances, you may need to be careful to speak slowly and clearly, and have creative games or other solutions to overcome any language barriers you encounter.
Interns should note that there is a strict professional dress code in Japan, which is very conservative. Clothing must be very tidy and quite formal. Dark, solid colors are best, worn with simple white shirts or blouses. Visible tattoos and piercings are not considered to be appropriate. Piercings are best removed and any visible tattoos would need to be covered in order to avoid causing offence. Hair should be naturally colored and kept very clean and tidy. Men should also be clean-shaven. Interns are urged not to wear statement jewelry pieces and makeup must be kept minimal.
Japan is an incredibly unique country to visit, with remarkable culture and a whole host of popular attractions. In your spare time you’ll be able to explore the vast and vibrant city of Tokyo, or explore further afield to the often-overlooked and incredible natural landscapes outside of the cities. Wherever you go, you’ll be sure to be well fed by the delicious local cuisine!
For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we also recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and you’ll pay the discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.
This internship is conducted in English.
Youth Development and Education interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Teaching formal English lessons for students between 3-14
- Preparing worksheets and other material for classes
- Accommodating games and activities in after-school programs
- Encouraging casual English language practice
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn about teaching, developing lessons and educational materials
- Gain experience teaching English as a foreign language to children
- Experience the Japanese work culture
- Enable casual English language education with students
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- In gakudos, interns participate from 3pm-9pm, Monday to Friday
- In kindergartens or schools, interns participate from 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday
- Experience the renowned Japanese culture
- Provide a valuable English resource for students eager to learn the language
- Take part in both formal and casual learning
- Spend time in Tokyo, a fascinating city famous for its pop culture and traditional culture
Types of host organizations:
- After school clubs
|For all interns with an interest in developing skills as an educator, we also recommend an interactive Online TEFL Certification Course. The training offers tools and techniques over a 100-hour program. Upon completion, you’ll have earned experience in planning, designing, and adapting diverse language activities and materials. No previous teaching experience or training is required. You can sign up for the Online TEFL Certification Course anytime and you’ll pay the discounted Intern Abroad HQ rate.|
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that internships in Tokyo do not include meals. Standard shared living accommodation (which is included in the Program Fee) provides kitchen facilities where interns are welcome to prepare their own meals and snacks.