JOI Coordinators

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日本語  (coming soon!)

SERVE AS A GRASSROOTS AMBASSADOR

Resources
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 positions offer the honor to serve as a representative of one’s country and culture while also serving a local community overseas. The Japan Outreach Initiative (JOI) provides qualified candidates with this opportunity.

LIVE AND WORK IN THE USA

JOI coordinators live and work in the U.S. for two years, helping to raise awareness about Japan among Americans and building stronger bonds between the two countries. A JOI coordinator’s focus and activities can vary widely, depending on the needs of the host organization and community. A coordinator may focus on presenting Japanese culture and society to Americans of all ages—whether traditional themes such as origami and calligraphy (shoudou) or contemporary topics such as TV dramas and business etiquette. Alternatively, a coordinator may focus on supporting economic development initiatives, bolstering the work of international collaborations (e.g. Sister Cities, exchange programs, etc.), and engaging the local Japanese community.

GROW THROUGH TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Before ever leaving Japan, coordinators participate in an intense orientation to prepare for the challenges ahead. This instruction is then complemented with further training in the U.S.—this time together with the host organization supervisor. After a few months at the host site, coordinators reconvene for a workshop. While coordinators receive carefully prepared instruction and coaching during the trainings and workshops, it is important to note that JOI staff provides guidance throughout the entirety of the program, helping to ensure a successful JOI experience. Through the program, coordinators advance skills in areas such as public speaking, project planning, networking, and research—all while gaining valuable office work experience in the U.S.

BRIDGE RELATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

By making valuable contributions to the local community, coordinators further program goals: building interest in Japan and Japanese culture and cultivating future leaders of U.S.-Japan grassroots exchange.

A REWARDING OPPORTUNITY

If the JOI coordinator position sounds like a good fit, please complete the online application, or mail in the application by downloading the PDF version. For inquiries, please check the resources on this page or call +1 800.721.7474.

 

 

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