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Childcare and education in Tokyo

Remunerated internship
 
You want to work with children in Japan? You can do an internship or a volunteer placement with children at a "gakudo", which is an afterschool club for children aged 3-10 years.
 
 
 

Project Details

 
In Japan it is not uncommon that office workers are at their offices every day until 9 or 10pm, whereas schools usually finish at 3:15pm. For this reason, parents need a possibility to keep their children entertained and  supervised in the afternoon and evening hours. This role is often covered by Gakudos, which are privately-run after-school clubs.
 
In Tokyo we cooperate with several gakudos. They are all non-profit organizations, which means the fees paid by the parents are only covering the centre's operational expenses. Each gakudo is attended every day by around 90-100 children, aged 3-10 years. Their lively staff and friendly accommodation make it a safe and fun experience for the children and a place where parents are happy to bring their children to. At the centre kids are able to work on their homework, play games with the staff and other children, eat snacks, learn English, do sports (e.g. soccer, table tennis) etc. Regularly, there are also events that the parents are often invited to participate in, and excursions.
 
As an intern or volunteer you assist the gakudo's staff to attend the children with all activities, to do conversation and practise English with them, and to assist with the arrangement of the events. You would typically work for around 6-8 hours per day on 5 days per week. There is a stipend of around 30,000-50,000 Yen per month; the amount however is not sufficient to completely cover one's living expenses in Tokyo. As there are professionnally trained staff members, this placement is also suitable for an education internship.
 
Info Box
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Location: Tokyo, Japan
Availability: all year; you should arrive on a Thursday and your placement would then start on the following Monday
Minimum Duration: 1 Month
Maximum Duration: 12 Months (depending on visa)
Required Language Skills: English
Accommodation: Share House
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Supervision possible: Yes
Qualification supervisor: Educators
Minimum qualification of intern: none
Further contribution to the project: No
Remuneration: Yes, approx. 50,000 Yen per month
Volunteering
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of interns: none
Further contribution to the project: No
It is expected:
Professional work, the "right" attitude
 

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Report of Lea about her internship at a Gakudo in Tokyo
 
 
About the importance of non-profit gakudos for Japanese society:
 
The children attending the gakudos that we cooperate with are from middle-class families whose parents are both working. Without these afterschool clubs the woman wouldn't be able to work. Without the income of the woman the family would probably not be able to afford one or several children. There is little effort done by the Japanese government to provide incentives to the Japanese society to have more children, even though the country is already the one with the oldest age average worldwide. There are no government-run afterschool clubs as an alternative to the non-profit private gakudos, and private for-profit afterschool clubs are hardly affordable for families that are on an average salary.

When it comes to women's liberation, Japan is strongly lacking behind most industrial nations, for instance there are insufficient labour law regulations facilitating the the return to job life of women after their maternity leave. If a woman hasn't been working for half a year due to her pregnancy and maternity, in Japan it is difficult for her to return into the job market again. If she is out of her job for even longer because she has to take care of children (if there were no gakudos), options are very small for her to find a job again. As a result, many mothers are in total financial dependence of their husbands.
 

Accommodation

 

Accommodation in Tokyo

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Most popular! - This is the choice of most of our participants.
 
Share Houses are the best option to stay in Tokyo in a relatively inexpensive yet comfortable way, while getting to know other like-minded people. If you book Japanese language lessons, you can also stay with a Japanese host family.

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Share Houses in Tokyo:

World Unite! Share House Shiohama
 
 
We are operating our own share house in Tokyo (close to Kiba Station), only for our own World Unite! participants. It has 5 dorm rooms of different sizes, each for 4-8 persons and 4 double rooms (for single or double occupancy) on two floors. One floor has a common area with a fully equipped kitchen and lounge, 4 showers, 3 toilets and 2 bathrooms. The other floor has another shower. There is Wifi Internet on both floors without additional cost. All rooms are equipped with modern ACs for cooling and heating. Furthermore, habitants can make use of a coin-operated washing machine, a laundry dryer and a 200 sqm rooftop terrace with sunbeds, tables and a fantastic view on Tokyo Skytree, the world's second highest building. 
 
The building is located in a quiet residential area, just next to a small public park. In direct vicinity there are numerous convenience stores, restaurants and vending machines. Within a 5 minutes' walk you can reach a large shopping mall with supermarket, many shops and multiplex cinemas. In 10 minutes you will reach the large Kiba Park. All internship placements and the language schools we cooperate with are easily reachable by subway (Tozei Line). The Community Centres of Koto-Ku and Toyosu can also be reached by foot, just as Tokyo Bay with its entertainment facilities and excursion boats departing from Toyosu's "Lala Port".
 
Share House Kitatoda
 
 
The rooms at the Share House are for single, double and triple occupancy. Each room has cabled internet (Wifi available at a small extra), a fridge and a small balcony. The house has a total of 66 rooms and a spacious common area with TV, music instruments, books and free wifi. There are toilets on each floor separated for males and females. The ground floors has showers and a large shared kitchen. There are various coin operated washing machines and tumble dryers. Around half of the share house's residents are Japanese and half are foreign, hence it is possible to get in touch with Japanese people and practise one's language skills. Kitatoda Station is only a 2 minutes' walk. Even though Kitatoda is located in Saitama Province, it is very well connected and using the JR Line you are quickly at Tokyo's most popular areas: Within 26 minutes you reach Shinjuku and within 35 minutes Shibuya.
 

Host families

 
 
We can currently only offer host family accommodation for the duration that you book Japanese language lessons.
 
The families usually live in the outskirts of Tokyo and in the neighbouring prefactures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, as in the city centre of Tokyo there are few apartments that are big enough to accommodate foreign language students besides the actual family. The commuting time by train from the host family to the language school does usually not exceed one hour. A commuter ticket is around 15,000 to 20,000 Yen per month.
 
The host families will serve 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner) on weekdays and 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekends. You will either sleep in a Western bed or on a Japanese futon. There is usually someone at the host family who can speak basic English. The families are usually familiar with foreign guests.
 
The host family accommodation costs are 2800 Yen per night.
 
You can move in on the Saturday or Sunday before your language course starts on Monday, and you need to move out on the Saturday after you will have finished your language course.

Rate

 

I. World Unite! Service Package

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Visa Category 2*
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1 Person
800 EUR 1200 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Per Person)
700 EUR 1100 EUR
 
Convert to USD, GBP, AUD, CAD and other currencies.
 
* Visa Category 1: You enter Japan via Temporary Visitor Status (free stamp on arrival to Japan for 90 days for most nationalities. This stamp can be extended for citizens of the UK, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein easily by another 90 days [extension costs ca. 4000 JPY]; no age restrictions) OR you enter Japan via Working Holiday Visa (free, but needs to be applied for in advance, available for citizens of UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, France, Portugal, Poland, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) aged 18-30 years for a maximum of 365 days [some nationalities only 180 days] OR you enter Japan on another visa category that we don't need to apply for a Certificate of Elegibility for OR you are Japanese national and you don't need any visa for Japan.
 
* Visa Category 2: Any nationality and duration of stay that is not covered by the previous category. In this case we have to apply for a Certificate of Elegibility in Japan that you need to apply for your visa at the Japanese embassy of your home country. We will inform you about all details. Further costs for official fees may apply.
 

The World Unite! Service Package includes:

 
  • Arrangement of your Placement
  • Individual Consultation and Preparation prior to your arrival
  • Access to the World Unite! Online Resource Centre which has Preparation Materials including Intercultural Preparation, compiled particularly for your destination (PDFs, Videos)
  • Preparation Session via Skype, together with further participants
  • (If required) arrangements of the Documents you need for your Visa Application, but not the official government fees for the visa (if they apply, see details above)
  • Support with Residence Registration, Mobile phone contract, opening a bank account (if needed and possible, depending on visa category)
  • Pick-up and Transfers on arrival from Haneda or Narita airport
  • Personal support staff in Tokyo (English and Japanese speaking) and at our international office
  • Local orientation about life in Tokyo
  • Accompanying you to your placement on your first day
  • 24 Hours emergency support by local support team
  • Issuance of Confirmations/Certificates for your university, scholarship, insurance, etc. and filling out/signing Internship Contracts for your university
  • Wholesale term membership for Western Food
 

The Rates do NOT include:

 
  • Accommodation and Meals (see below)
  • Travel to/from Japan (you book it on your own; we can assist you)
  • Official fees for Visa (see below)
  • Insurance (Travel Health Insurance, Liability Insurance, Travel Cancellation insurance; you book it on your own, we can assist you)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Local Transport (Estimated amounts see below)
 

II. Accommodation Costs

 
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 Monthly Rent 
   (You pay proportionally per day) 
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Share House
Dorm room bed (4-8 share) p.p.
35,000 JPY/Month  
Twin room sharing p.p.
47,000 JPY/month  
Single room 80,000 JPY/month  
 
Incl. Water, Electricity, Heating, Wifi, Cleaning of shared areas. The rent of one month has to be deposited.
If you stay for incomplete months, you will pay the monthly rate divided by the number of days you stay.
 

Overview of other costs:

 
  • Self-catering from around 200 EUR/USD per month (estimate)
  • Small local expenses (Mobile phone contract, Local Transport): ca. 90-100 EUR/USD per Month (Estimate)
  • Insurances around 30-50 EUR/USD per Month
 

How do I pay?

 
Once all your questions have been answered and you confirm that you want to participate, we will email you an invoice. You can pay it via bank transfer or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package and for the first month of rent.
 
Rent from the 2nd month, possible further contributions to the NGO or for internship supervision (see info box of the respective project description), and costs for visa and possibly further official permits you pay directly at your destination (unless we inform you differently for certain placements). There are ATMs. 
 

Extras

 

Other Projects That Might Interest You:

 
 
These projects are suggestions for alternatives that may interest you or those that could be chosen as COMBINATIONS. The combination of projects in different organizations is often possible and usually cheaper than two individual bookings. Please contact us to know more. Also please check out our Working Holiday support services!
 
 

Japanese Language lessons in Tokyo!

 
Japanese language skills are of massive advantage in Japan. You can book Japanese language lessons for your stay in Japan. You find all details here.
 

Travel Health Insurance

 
We recommend the following travel insurance that is meant specifically for participants of internships, volunteering, language study, working holiday, and courses abroad. It is available for travelers of all nationalities and usable for all countries, except your home country. You can also add a journey liability insurance.
 
Just click on the link, fill in the form and you will get a confirmation email.
 
 
 

About Tokyo

 
 
Tokyo is located approximately in the center of Japan. With nearly 38 million people in the Tokyo metropolitan area, it is the largest metropolitan area in the world and also one of the most densely populated. The city has the highest economic power worldwide. The actual downtown area has about 9 million inhabitants, and is subdivided into 32 districts.
 
For those who are familiar with Tokyo, the following names will definitely ring a bell:
 
Shibuya - Fashion center, especially for young people, and Nightlife
 
Shinjuku - the station has the world's largest passenger volume, the red light district Kabukicho and the creative music and artists hub, "Golden Gai"
 
Asakusa - Here tourists visit the Buddhist temple Senso-ji
 
Odaiba - artificial island in the Tokyo Bay with attractions such as the Toyota Museum, Cirque du Soleil, the Sega Joypolis theme park, several large shopping malls, Science Museum, Onsen etc.
 
Ginza - the luxurious boulevard with the flagship stores of all major brands
 
Ueno - known for the many museums and the great Ueno Park
 
Roppongi - District where many Americans live, international nightclubs are present, as well as most embassies are located
 
Akihabara - the Mecca for electronics enthusiasts and the otaku culture with anime, manga, video games and maid cafes
 
Sumida - with many museums and the Skytree, at 634 meters, the second highest building in the world, with a big Shopping Centre
 
Shiodome - postmodern skyscraper district with high population density. Here are some TV stations that promote their programs in the studios. Right beside are the Hamarikyu Gardens with a traditional tea house
 
Toyosu - new district on central island at the Tokyo Bay with new skyscrapers and shopping centers. The majority of the new sports venues for the Olympic Games 2020 will be located here and in the bordering districts Ariake and Odaiba.
 
On of our accommodation is located in Kiba, a very central location. You can reach all parts of central Tokyo easily by public transport (Tozai Line). Our other accommodation is located in Kita-Toda in the Saitama Province from where the two trendy neighbourhoods of Shibuya and Shinjuku are particularly fast to reach by train.
 
The months of May to November are warm to hot in Tokyo (July to September, very hot). The winter usually only starts in January and then, it takes a relatively long time, often until May, until it gets really warm again. However, the winters are temperate and rather similar to the Euro-Mediterranean region, or California.

Getting There

 

Travelling to Tokyo

 
Tokyo has two large international airports: NARITA and HANEDA, which are served by many airlines. Haneda Airport is located closer to the city centre and is therefore our preferred option. If you find cheaper flights to Narita you can however also choose Narita.
 
You will book a flight on your own. Please try to arrive on a Thursday any time between 8am and 11pm. We will pick you up from the airport and will bring you to your accommodation in Tokyo by public transport.

FAQs

 

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

 
Are there fixed start dates for the project, which I must adhere to?
You should arrive on a Thursday at one of the two airports of Tokyo, Haneda (preferably) or Narita between 8am and 11pm.
Can I stay longer at my accommodation after my volunteering/internship or arrive earlier?
Yes, this is possible. Just let us know from when to when you need accommodation and we will book it for you.
During my stay, can I travel around the country?
During your internship or Working Holiday jobs, you travel around during your free time, holidays or weekends. If you plan to do longer travel, you should do so before your internship commences or after you will have finished it.
Can I travel alone to Japan as a young woman?
No problem. Japan is probably one of the safest countries of the world.
Will I be the only foreign volunteer/intern in the project or at my site?
We have more than 100 participants of our Working Holiday, internship, volunteering and language programs in Tokyo at any time that you can stay with if you are accommodated at one of our share houses. You may be the only intern/volunteer at your specific project though.
What vaccinations do I need?
Our Info - PDF that you get as a participant, gives detailed information on health care. Also refer to Recommended Vaccinations.
Where will I live?
You The majority of our participants stay at one of our Share Houses. Details are in the tab "Accommodation". If you attend Japanese language lessons through the language school we cooperate with, you can also opt for host family accommodation with a Japanese family.
Does my accommodation have internet facilities?
Yes, there is wifi internet.
How can I do my laundry?
The share houses have coin washing machines.
Can I cook in the accommodation?
Yes, there are well-equipped kitchens at the share houses. Details are in the tab "Accommodation".
I am a vegetarian. Can I get vegetarian food?
Vegetarianism is uncommon in Japan. You may have difficulties to find vegetarian dishes at restaurants. Supermarkets and vegetable/fruit shops however sell a wide range of vegetables that you can buy to prepare your own vegetarian food.
What language skills do I need?
You should be able to make yourself understood in English. If another language is required, this is indicated in the info-boxes of the respective projects.
 
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