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)


  • Online orientation for new coordinators (online)


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

Late July/Early August

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


  • Fall workshop for new coordinators and continuing coordinators and supervisors (U.S.)

November to December

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



Training Program 

Online Orientation

  • Introduction to JOI
  • Program overview, purpose, and explanation of policies

Pre-Departure Training in Tokyo (New Coordinators)

  • 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 and Supervisors)

  • 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
  • New supervisor orientation and introductions
  • Expectations for the coming year
  • New cohort meets 2nd-year cohort

Fall Workshop in U.S. (All Coordinators)

  • Discuss challenges and experiences with 2nd-year coordinators
  • Share activities and programming
  • Assess goals
  • Learn critical observation of K-12 classes
  • Activity design and event planning
  • Developing sustainability
  • Long-term planning