Saturday, September 27, 2008

Applications for the Internship 2009 now being accepted!

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For our fifth year in a row, we are now ready to accept applications for the next intern at the Shiramizu Karate Club in Japan for one year starting from June 15, 2009 to June 15, 2010! Shiramizu is located one hour from central Tokyo.

The application deadline for those wishing to be Intern #5 is December 15, 2008, but applications received earlier will be given preference.

Originally, the internship was only open to Canada Wadokai members in the CZWKA, but we now accept applications from anyone with some karate experience from any style, who meet the minimum requirements below.

The main determining factors we are looking for are someone who exudes positive enthusiasm and someone who would like to get involved in as much as possible here in Japan! Plus they must be able to commit to the one full year, no exceptions!

Teaching English conversation classes are included as part of the internship so that the intern can make enough money to cover living expenses. Applicants therefore must be able to speak English at a native-English level.

Minimum requirements:

Age: Between 20-30 years old (the working holiday visa in Japan is set at the age range of 18-30yrs, but the legal adult age in Japan is 20yrs old therefore the internship is set from age 20).

Education: Minimum English-as-the-main-language high school graduate, but some post-secondary education of any type is preferred. English language teacher training is an asset.

Work experience: Experience working with children in some way. Actual English teaching or tutoring experience a bonus.

Karate experience: Any level of karate experience is ok, but Wadokai members will be given preference (in some previous years, no Wadokai members applied).

Nations included in the working holiday visa program: Since being a native English speaker is a requirement for this internship, applications will be accepted from people who hold passports from the English-speaking countries on the Japan Working Holiday Visa list (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the United Kingdom).

Note to US citizens interested in the internship:
It's unfortunate the US is not included in the working holiday visa program. I do not know why, but one of the reasons I have heard floated about is that there is not enough political interest on the US side to join this visa program because it would have to be reciprocal. Over the past few months we have received emails from Americans interested in the internship and my suggestion to them has been to contact their federal government representative to look into the US joining the working holiday visa program. If enough people do this, maybe there will be a change in federal policy and the US will approach Japan to join.

Anyone seriously interested in applying to be the next intern can email me a request for the application package which explains everything in detail.

We look forward to hearing from interested applicants soon!


karateintern at gmail dot com

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