NP:J Teachers

The NP:J Catalyst

As a teacher, you are an integral participant in NP:J and critical to its success. Working with students before departure and traveling with them in Japan, you will help guide the students’ first experiences with the culture. After all, who knows better how your students best learn or are engaged?

You are also in the best position to make NP:J a reality for students: encouraging them to apply, answering questions, and counseling parents. You may even get involved in a fundraising drive to help offset student fees or plan a cultural day at school or within the community to generate excitement.

Pre-Departure and Post-Trip Learning

The commitment to develop an understanding of and appreciation for specific aspects of Japanese culture before students board the plane is a significant advantage of NP:J. Leading students through pre-departure learning modules, you will ensure an enhanced experience while in Japan. Your efforts on the backend will also ensure participants will be able to identify ways of applying the experience to continued study of Japan.

En Route in Japan

Customize study days to visit the most meaningful sites for your group. The building block recommendations will help you and your group craft the perfect itinerary! Study days also leave enough space for you to add special assignments and activities. Students could research a topic ahead of time to act as tour guides for the rest of the group at a certain site or prepare a report for the students who could not travel. Meanwhile, the cultural exploration activities will also engage your students in meaningful examination.

Partners in Japanese Study

When it comes to expanding appreciation for Japan and its people, culture, and history, your goal is our goal. For this reason, NP:J is extremely competitively-priced—not only for students but especially for the teachers who make it happen. With eight students, your program fee is entirely waived. When 16 or more participate, the program fee for a second chaperone is also waived. So, what are you waiting for?

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Japan Travel Dates

  • Tour 1: June 13 - June 27, 2019
  • Tour 2: June 27 - July 11, 2019

Sample Study Tour Schedule

  • Day 1: Leave from U.S.
  • Day 2: Arrive in Tokyo, transfer to Olympic Village
  • Day 3: Study Day 1 - Tokyo
  • Day 4: Study Day 2 - Tokyo
  • Day 5-11: Homestay and school visit
  • Day 12: Travel to Kyoto, transfer to hotel, Study Day 3 - Kyoto/Kansai
  • Day 13: Study Day 4 - Kyoto/Kansai
  • Day 14: Study Day 5 - Kyoto/Kansai
  • Day 15: Return to U.S.

Terms of Participation

The program is open to U.S. pre-collegiate teachers of Japanese. Group eligibility is open to all schools and is contingent upon the lead teacher and student’s understanding of the terms and conditions and stipulations in the letters of understanding (see below).

Student Cost

  • $3,995 for school group students
  • $4,995 for unaffiliated, individual students

Teacher Cost

  • Fewer than 8 participating students: $500 for each student below eight
  • 8 participating students: free for accompanying teacher
  • 16 participating students: free for accompanying teacher and additional chaperone

Application Deadline

  • December 1
    • All online applications (including scholarship)
    • Letters of understanding
    • Program fee deposit checks
  • January 30
    • Deadline for fully-refundable cancellation
    • Applications no longer accepted beyond this date


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