- How Much Can Your Life Change in One Year?
- The Labo Internship Program gives young adults (18-25) the unique and life-changing opportunity to live and work in Japan for one year. Labo Interns act as ambassadors for their countries and travel extensively throughout their respective districts while teaching about their home country, building grassroots connections with the students and host families they encounter, sharing the joy of cultural exchange, and learning about Japan. By the end of the program, interns will have developed a unique set of skills, preparing them for success in various fields, including teaching and international relations. Interns take home with them not only professional experience to add to their resume but also countless memories and invaluable experiences.
- To Become a Labo Intern Is to Join an International Family.
- A Labo Intern's primary responsibility is to visit gatherings, known as Labo Parties, which revolve around building English proficiency through interacting with bilingual media such as plays and music. Labo students range from infants to college students, and each Labo Party is its own unique family. Interns have the rare opportunity to interact with countless students, help promote cultural exchange, and inspire youth to study abroad.
- Never a Dull Moment!
- While sharing albums about their life and teaching games is a large part of an intern’s role in Labo, they have many other responsibilities throughout the program year. They will create and run programs such as live streams, serve as leaders for international youth visiting Japan, prepare Japanese students to study abroad, work as camp counselors during Labo’s seasonal camps, and so much more.
- Experience Being Both the Teacher and the Student.
- Labo interns aren’t only teachers; they themselves become students who experience and learn about Japan. Interns attend two months of lessons at the Labo Japanese Language Institute. Placed in classes based on their ability, Labo Interns meet with teachers who approach them where they are at in their Japanese language journey, helping them gain confidence in reading, writing, and communicating in Japanese. Not only will these lessons help with navigating daily life in Japan, but they also prepare Labo Interns to take the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which is a prerequisite for those hoping to pursue a career in Japan.
- The Best Way to Learn Something Is to Try It Yourself!
- As part of their visa requirements, Labo Interns complete a Cultural Study Project, giving them the chance to get up close and personal with Japanese culture and learn more about the rich history of Japan. Labo interns pick an area of traditional Japanese culture, such as Ikebana, Kendo, Wagashi making, or Haiku, conduct research on the topic, take classes to get hands-on experience, and turn in a report at the end of the program. Interns are given one day out of each week to work on the project, and the Labo International Exchange Foundation will assist with setting up classes and covering the cost of the project.
- Are You Ready to Take On the Challenge?
- For over 55 years, Labo has provided youth from all over the world with a life-changing experience, helping them understand the joy of studying abroad and building international friendships. Labo interns have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live with Japanese families and work in another country. If you are passionate about sharing your culture, traveling, and inspiring others, please feel free to reach out to the Intern Coordinator at email@example.com. Every journey begins with a single step: Are you ready to take yours?