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 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. Below are the universities of past interns that have attended the Global English Camp. We encourage anyone fitting the program requirements to apply as each year there has been new universities represented during the camp.
Q: Where will I be placed?
A: 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 wish 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 cannot guarantee any requests, but we do want you to enjoy your experience in Japan, so we do our best to accommodate major concerns.
Q: Do I need to pay a fee to Come On Out - Japan to do this internship?
A: No. At no time do you pay Come On Out - Japan a fee for this internship. All that is required is a security deposit upon purchase of your plane ticket, which is returned to you 45 days after completion of the program as long as you meet all our program completion requirements.
Q: Is this a free vacation in 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. You must 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 type of insurance do you provide?
A: Each intern is provided a health insurance policy for at least the length of the program. During the upcoming months, we will once again be analyzing options to ensure the best possible coverage for our interns. We will finalize our insurance policy and make it available to all accepted applicants during the on boarding process. Although we provide an insurance policy for all interns, it is your responsibility to review the coverage of the policy and determine if it is adequate for your situation. Please note that international insurance plans do not have coverage for most mental health claims.
Although we are covering the insurance premium cost, we are not responsible for out of pocket expenses outside of the policy. In some cases, due to timing of accidents and health issues, interns should be prepared to pay for health expenses in advance prior to receiving reimbursements from insurance. It is recommended that all participants read over the insurance policy and purchase additional insurance (at your own cost) if deemed necessary.
Q: What happens after I submit my application?
A: After submitting your written 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 Google Hangout), you will be notified within 30 days whether you were selected for a second interview (also held over Google Hangout). Final results will be given within 45 days of the Application phase deadline.
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: Can you provide feedback as to why I was declined?
A: No. Unfortunately, due to the overall competitiveness of the program, the high influx of applicants, and many different interviewers that we have, we cannot provide such information. We encourage applicants to apply in future years.
Q: I have food allergies/restrictions and am concerned about my food options in Japan. Will you be able to accommodate them?
A: As of now, we can provide you with a document of common gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian food available in Japan; 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, you must come with food that you know is safe for you. We encourage you to pack food prior to arriving in Japan. We can 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.