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Childcare and education in Tokyo

Remunerated internship, online 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.
This placement is possible as a Remote / Virtual internship from home! Tasks for Remote/Virtual Interns: Teaching English, commnunicating with the children in English, assisting the teachers to prepare activities. The remote internship is 600 EUR for the first month and 100 EUR additionally for any additional month or part thereof. Just submit the inquiry/order form form and mention "Remote Internship"! P.S.

What is your placement organisation doing?

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.

How can you get involved?

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. It might be that the afterschool clubs pays you a contribution of 20,000-30,000 JPY/month and/or covers your metro tickets, but this is not promised.
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: possibly, see text
Volunteering possible: Yes
Required qualification of interns: none
Further contribution to the project: No
It is expected:
Professional work, the "right" attitude
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 in Tokyo



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 9 dorm rooms of different sizes, each for 4-8 persons and 5 twin rooms on three floors. There are two communal areas with fully equipped kitchens, 6 showers, 4 toilets and 2 bathrooms. There is Wifi Internet on all 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, a free luggage storage room, and a 200 sqm rooftop terrace with sunbeds, tables and a fantastic view on Tokyo Skytree, the world's second highest building. You can rent a bicycle from us at very affordable rates.
The building is located in a quiet residential area, just next to a small public park. In direct vicinity there are numerous convenience stores, a supermarket, restaurants and vending machines. Within a 10 minutes' walk you can reach a large shopping mall with supermarket, many shops and multiplex cinemas, and also the large Kiba Park. All internship placements, many jobs in central Tokyo, and the language schools we cooperate with are easily reachable by subway (Tozai Line and JR Keiyō 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 Warabi
The Warabi sharehouse is located in the Saitama prefecture of the Tokyo metropolitan area, 15 minutes to walk from Warabi train station. It has 36 rooms for single, double and 4-share occupancy, all with air conditioning for cooling and heating, and with a balcony. There is a common lounging area with TV and sofa, a fully equipped communal kitchen, toilets and sinks on each floor, a shower area with 6 shower booths, Wifi at all rooms, Bicycle parking, 4 coin-operated washing machines and 2 coin-operated dryers as well as a small ornamental Japanese garden. A supermarket, several convenience stores as well as a shopping malls are a few minutes' walk away. You can rent a bike from us at the Sharehouse for a reasonable price.
Our team members come to the Warabi Sharehouse at least three times a week to provide support to our program participants. All services such as job counseling, resident registration, bank account opening, etc. are offered there.

Host families

Staying with a Japanese host family gives you the possibility to fully immerse into Japanese everyday culture.
The families usually live in the outskirts of Tokyo and in the neighbouring prefactures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, as in very central locations 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 internship placement, your job, or 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 3500 Yen per night. Additionally, a one-time fee for the arrangement of the host family of 100 EUR is charged, independent of the duration of stay.

I. World Unite! Service Package

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  Visa Category 1*
Visa Category 2*
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1 Person
800 EUR 1200 EUR
2-4 Persons
(Per Person)
700 EUR 1100 EUR
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* Visa Category 1: You enter Japan via Temporary Visitor Status (free stamp on arrival to Japan for 90 days for most nationalities. Available for citizens of USA, UK, Brunei, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, former Yugoslavia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay. This stamp can be easily extended for citizens of the UK, Ireland, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein 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, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) aged 18-30 years for a maximum of 365 days [some nationalities only 180 days]
If you are already in Japan on another visa (e.g. Student Visa) or if you are a Japanese passport holder and we don't need to provide any visa-related assistance, we can give you a discount of 200 EUR.
* 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
  • Bed at a dorm room and Commuter ticket (for public transport between your accommodation and the placement) is usually provided by the Gakduo (except for short time placements, please refer to project description for details).
  • Costs for 10 seedlings of indigenous trees that we plant on the slopes of Kilimanjaro

The Rates do NOT include:

  • Possibly accommodation (for short-time placements, please refer to project description for details) 
  • Meals
  • 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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All Rates in Japanese JPY! Convert Currency
Share House
Dorm room bed (4-8 share) p.p.
1500 JPY per night  
Twin room sharing p.p.
1800 JPY per night  
Single room upon request  
The minimum rental duration is 5 weeks. Incl. Water, Electricity, Heating, Wifi, Cleaning of shared areas. A returnable deposit of 38,000 JPY has to be paid.

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, credit card or via Paypal. You will pay a deposit of 200 EUR / 250 USD when the invoice is issued. One months prior to your arrival you will pay the remainder for your Service Package.
The payment modalities for rent and possible further costs (e.g. internship supervision fees, as stated in info box of the respective project description) depend on your host country and placement. We will inform you beforehand. In many cases these costs are paid on site, but for some countries and placements they need to be paid partially or fully in advance.

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.
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.

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 Friday any time between 8am and 9pm. We will pick you up from the airport and will bring you to your accommodation in Tokyo by public transport.

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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