Japan Cross-Cultural Internship Program


June 1st, 2006

Nippon Kan General Headquarters Cross-Cultural Exchange Program with the village of Higashi Naruse in Akita Prefecture, Japan has been in operation since 1990. Higashi Naruse Village is small remote village in mountainous region of Northern Honshu whose cultural heritage and lifestyle has been perpetuated for centuries. Higashi Naruse village offers a very special opportunity to experience traditional Japanese culture untouched in many ways by the effects of our modern day world.

Since 1990, 100 students have visited Higashi Naruse as part of Nippon Kan’s Cross-Cultural Exchange Program. In the last sixteen years, 25 students have participated in long-term study internships in conjunction with the Higashi Naruse Village Office Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. This program offers students a chance to work with children in elementary and middle schools and to participate in local event and program project planning.

Applications are now being taken for Nippon Kan’s Fall 2006 through 2007 three to six month semester Internship Program.
Semesters open for application are:
Fall semester ‘06 Oct-Dec
Spring semester ‘07 April-June
Summer semester ‘07 July-Sept
Fall semester ‘07 Oct-Dec

Application requirements:
21-30 years of age.
Education requirements:
A college degree or current enrollment in college level programs.
*Accepted applicants are required to spend one month at Nippon Kan Headquarters as a live-in student.

Aikido experience requirement:
6 months to 1 year. (link here for information about Nippon Kan’s uchideshi program).

Available Volunteer Employment:
Opportunities are available with the Higashi Naruse Village Office of Education Department of Cultural Affairs, working with schools and village government organizing and promoting local cultural events.

Internship Benefits:
Roundtrip airfare (will be reimbursed at the completion of the term).
Accommodations (home stay and private accommodations).
Monthly living expense allowance.

How to apply:
Summit personal resume, photo and term starting date requests to Nippon Kan 1365 Osage Street, Denver, Colorado 80204 USA. or by email at info@nippon-kan.org. The Nippon Kan staff will respond promptly to completely submitted resumes only. No telephone inquiries please.

**IISA Instructors needed for teaching internships in AHAN associated third-world countries. Send resume including reasons for applying, availability and experience to the addresses listed above.