In order to ensure a successful program, JOI coordinators and supervisors participate in a number of orientations and trainings which prepare them for the experience.


Program Calendar



  • JOI introduction sessions (typically held in Tokyo, Osaka, and a rotating third location)

October to January

  • Coordinator and host site application period

Early March

  • Testing, interview, and selection of coordinator applicants (Tokyo)


  • Spring (pre-departure) orientation for new coordinators (Tokyo area)

Late July/Early August

  • Summer (arrival) training for new and continuing coordinators and supervisors (U.S.)
  • Coordinators move to host organizations with supervisors


  • Fall workshop for new coordinators only

November to December

  • Site visits by JOI staff
  • Site visits to prospective host organizations


Training Program 

Pre-Departure Orientation in Tokyo (New Coordinators: 2 Days)

  • Program overview, purpose, and explanation of policies
  • Living in the U.S.
  • Discussion: diversity, class, historic and current issues
  • Building relationships with Americans
  • Site notification
  • Paperwork: sign contract, information on visas, etc.

Summer Training in U.S. (New Coordinators: 5 Days)

  • Program policy review, Q & A
  • Acclimating to and observing U.S. daily life
  • Common perceptions of Japan and the U.S.
  • U.S. education, politics, and history
  • Outreach activities: design and presentation
  • Sharing expectations and goals

Summer Training in U.S. (All Supervisors & Coordinators: 2 Days)

  • New supervisor orientation and introductions
  • Overview of program, Q & A
  • Expectations for the coming year
  • Annual calendar (trainings and site visits)
  • New supervisors meet with second year supervisors
  • New supervisors meet with second year coordinators
  • New coordinators meet with second year coordinators
  • New coordinators meet with second year supervisors

Fall Training in U.S. (New Coordinators: 4 Days)

  • Discuss challenges
  • Share activities and programming
  • Assess goals
  • Learn critical observation of K-12 classes
  • Activity design and event planning
  • Developing sustainability
  • Long-term planning