JOI Coordinators

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日本語  (coming soon!)

BECOME A GRASSROOTS DIPLOMAT

Resources
  • Application Process Overview
  • Coordinator Application
  • Past Organizations & Coordinators (coming soon!)
  • Coordinator Biographies & Reports (coming soon!)
  • Calendar & Training Program
  • Forms for Current Coordinators (coming soon!)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon!)
Eligibility
  • Japanese national
  • Four-year college degree
  • Excellent English and intercultural communication skills
  • Computer skills (internet and web design a plus)
  • Independent with an outgoing, flexible, and creative personality
  • Excellent driving skills
  • Healthy and able to live and work in another culture (experience living or working in an English-speaking country a plus)
  • Work experience and/or equivalent volunteer activity desired
  • Good command of Japanese culture (traditional and popular), history, geography, religion; or strong research skills; and comfort in speaking keigo
  • Strong public speaking skills

Few roles offer the satisfaction and honor of representing your people, culture, and way of life. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) program provides interested Japanese with this opportunity. 

WELCOME TO THE USA!

Spend two years in America sharing your culture. Origami, calligraphy (shodo), tea ceremonies (chado), children’s songs, and adult tastes (sushi!) are just a few of the ways in which JOI coordinators bring Japanese culture to life for Americans of all ages. Of course, the nuances of Nipponese culture are complex, so you’ll need to be creative! Finer points can be discussed at adult conversation groups, and JOI staff are sure that you have a couple of ideas that no one else has thought of before. 

SHARPEN YOUR SKILLS THROUGH TRAINING

Becoming a successful JOI coordinator requires many skills. JOI provides more than a week of intensive training—both in Japan and the U.S. Building relationships with Americans, acclimating to and observing U.S. daily life, understanding common perceptions about Japan, designing program outreach initiatives, and refining your presentation skills are just a few of the areas in which program staff will coach you to ensure that you are ready for the exciting challenge ahead. 

BUILDING BRIDGES FOR THE FUTURE

Sound like a lot of fun? It is! Of course, the most successful JOI coordinators are also able to keep the program goals in focus: galvanizing interest in and study of Japan and cultivating a new group of individuals in both Japan and the U.S. who will take leading roles in the future of grassroots exchange. 

A REWARDING OPPORTUNITY

Think you have what it takes?

If the JOI coordinator position sounds like a good fit for you, please complete our online application

Have questions? Check the additional resources on this page or give us a call at +1 800.721.7474.

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