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  • Locations: Fukuoka, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Restrictions: UW-Whitewater applicants only
  • This program is not currently accepting applications; however, it may run again in future years. Please use this program search tool or contact the Center for Global Education to learn more about the global experiences programs that are currently available or that may be available in the future.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Guy Healy

Summer Camp Counselor in Japan

Summer, 2022 - Japan Teaching Practicum / English Summer Camp Program

Program Overview:
Selected applicants will visit Japan and gain English teaching experience in a program
sponsored by the local Japan public school system in Fukuoka Prefecture. Funding by the city of Munakata,
Fukuoka will cover the expenses in Japan for the selected participants.

Program Contents:
1) TEFL Training Workshops 2) Classroom Teaching Experience
3) Camp Counselor Experience 4) TEFL Certificate (optional) 5) Japanese Language Program (optional)

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Covid Policy: Currently Japan has travel restrictions in place that limit travel to Japan. Some restrictions
were recently lifted, but general travel to Japan is still very limited. We are following changes and will
announce on April 25 if we can run this program with participants traveling to Japan. (as of March 9)

Program Dates: Summer, 2022
Arrive in Fukuoka, Japan: May 25, 2022
Depart Fukuoka, Japan: July 10, 2022
Dates are tentative and subject to small changes

Teaching Practicum:
During the program the team will conduct a series of English day camps at
Global Arena for 4th grade public school students. The camps consist of small group language and
recreation activities. Our team will also do similar English classes in the public schools for various grades.
All sessions are run as a team, dividing students into small groups, with support supervisors helping to
facilitate each class. This is a fun, low-stress teaching-experience environment.

TEFL Training: The teacher training aspect of the program touches on a wide-variety of English as a
Second Language teaching skills and focuses strongly on current developments in English Education in the
Japan school system. Participants in this program will be well positioned to apply for teaching positions in
Japan including the Japan English Teaching (JET) Program. Curriculum Director, Zachary Bergeron has
extensive teaching experience in Japan and is currently on the faculty of University of Arizona as a Global
TEFL Certificate Option: Through an agreement with the University of Arizona, participants can combine
their practicum hours with online courses through UA to earn an accredited TEFL Certificate (fee $250)

Housing & Meals: Weekday housing will be at the Global Arena camp facility. The facility is modern, but
bedrooms are shared rooms with several bunk-style beds in each room. Bedrooms will be divided by gender.
On Weekends, the team will travel to Nagasaki and stay in the GHJ Dormitory/Clubhouse. Weekends are off
and team members are free to travel at their own expense. All meals are provided at Global Arena and a meal-stipend will be distributed for weekends.

Japanese Language Tutors: Participant interested in learning/improving Japanese language skills will be
assigned Conversation Partners. 90-minutes sessions: 45 min. Japanese practice/45 min. English practice. All
tutors are volunteers, so this is also a great way to make friends in Japan.

Program Fees
? Program Fee: $0 (covered by camp sponsors)
  • UWW Tuition: Summer 3- 6  credits of tuition charged to your WINS account
  • $225 Office of Global Experiences Fee charged to your WINS account
  • $50 UW System Contingency Fee charged to your WINS account
  • CISI insurance issued via email and charged  to your WINS account. Estimated at $35 per month
? Lodging & Meals: $0 (covered by camp sponsors)
? Airfare to/from Fukuoka, Japan: Participants purchase own tickets.
Participants also need to have health care insurance while in Japan. This is issued by UWW for CISI insurance
? Optional TEFEL Certificate $250

Intern duties include conducting language drills, supervising recreation activities, sharing meals with campers, and speaking English with the campers in small and large groups. High levels of energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and desire to help others are essential.


  1. Clean disciplinary record
  2. Overall GPA of 2.50 or higher
  3. Successful completion of the application process including an oral interview
  4. Enrolled in a summer session for-credit internship course
  5. Adequate English speaking ability (knowledge of Japanese is not required, however, it is helpful for communicating with host families and when traveling)
 Academics Internship Course: Asian Studies 493 (S/NC grading), variable credit (3-6)
Enrollment Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, AND a grade of C or higher in one of three courses: Speech 424 OR Japanese 101 OR Sociology/Asian Studies 350

Course Requirements:
  1. Attend a one-day pre-internship course (5-6 hours) and get a passing score on a test of cultural awareness
  2. Spend at least the minimum amount of time required in Japan
  3. Receive a satisfactory rating by an on-site internship supervisor
  4. Turn in a satisfactory short (3 page) written report on the internship experience
  5. Complete a short (10-15 minute) debriefing oral interview within one month after returning to the U.S.

NOTE: Internship credits count toward graduation. You can repeat the internship for a second summer and may earn up to 12 credits total.

Key Dates:

Term Application Deadline Term Dates
Summer March 2022 May 25th - July 10th

Faculty Contact:
Dr. Burkham:

Office of Global Experiences:
Dan Colleran:


This program is not currently accepting applications; however, it may run again in future years. Please use this program search tool or contact the Center for Global Education to learn more about the global experiences programs that are currently available or that may be available in the future.