ENGLISH CAMP FAQ
Q: Do I need to know any Japanese for this program?
A: No. There is no Japanese language requirement. In fact, our classroom policy is English only!
Q: Who can apply for this program?
A: We are looking for native English speakers who are currently attending university or have recently graduated. If you are currently enrolled, you must be in good academic standing at your university.
Q: Where will I be placed?
A: The quick answer is that you will not know until 15-30 days before the program start date. During the onboarding process, we have all interns fill out a survey that helps us learn more about you and provides us with preferences for certain logistical converse such as city placement. If you state you want to stay in Tokyo for the entire length of the program, there is a good chance that is going to happen as we have plenty of people that want to travel around the country and fewer that want to stay in one location. We of course cannot guarantee these requests but we do want you to enjoy your experience in Japan, so we do our best to accommodate major concerns you may have. Truly, we are looking for people who are open minded and willing and able to be put into any situation and excel.
Q: Is this a free trip to Japan?
A: No. Although there are a lot expenses covered through the program, you will need some of your own spending money for food, weekend travel expenses, and any other personal items you may want to purchase while in Japan.
Q: If I get hurt while in Japan, does the program reimburse me for hospital expenses?
A: No. We provide you an insurance policy that has good coverage but in some cases may not cover all of your expenses in case of an accident. It is your responsibility to cover any upfront costs needed for hospital expenses in addition to anything the insurance plan may or may not cover. In some cases, you may need to pay for hospital costs up front before being reimbursed by the insurance company.
Q: What happens after I submit my application?
A: After submitting your application, you will be contacted on whether or not you have moved onto the interview phase within two weeks of the current phase deadline. After the first interview (held over Skype), you will be notified within 30 days on whether you were selected for a second interview (also held over Skype.) Final results will be given within 45 days of the Application phase deadline. Example: Phase #1: Final results should be delivered by February 15th.
Q: I submitted a written application, but I never heard back.
A: Due to an influx of applications, we do not send denial notifications to those who do not move on from the written application phase to the interview phase. If you are not contacted within sixty days after submitting your written application, you have not been selected for this year's program. We do encourage you to apply in the future. If you have completed at least one interview, you will receive an acceptance/denial notification around the start of the following application phase cycle. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Q: I was declined. Do you have a waitlist?
A: No, we do not have a waitlist. We encourage applicants to apply in future years.
Q: What requirements/documentation will I need to provide to confirm my acceptance?
A: Interns will be expected to have the following:
- at least 18 years or older at the start date of the program.
valid passport (at least through 2018). If you are not a U.S., U.K., or Canadian Citizen, you may need a visa.
$500 USD (or currency equivalent where your university is located) deposit to secure position in program (100% refundable upon completion of the program). The deposit is collected by each intern at the time of airplane ticket purchase. The security deposit is returned to each intern within 45 days of the program end date as long as the intern completes the 6 week program, has no damage or cleaning required to your residence while in Japan, and must complete and return our final program report.
if not a recent graduate, good academic standing at your university. (Official university transcript is requested during onboarding.)
at least one reference during the onboarding process.
good physical and mental health prior to departing for Japan.
ability to be a flexible world traveler. In some cases, schedules can change and we are looking for interns that can adapt and excel.
Q: I have food allergies/restrictions and am concerned about my food options in Japan. What tips/advice may you have to prepare me for traveling to Japan?
A: As of now, we can provide you with a document of common gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian food available in Japan. This document lists safe food that you can often buy at grocery stores and restaurants; however, all collected information is from past intern personal experience and is no way certified. As far as weekend retreats and day trips provided by us, it is your responsibility to come with food that you know is safe for you. We usually provide a vegetarian option and try our best to find other options if available, but we cannot guarantee the safety of any food we serve in regards to allergies.