About Labo International Exchange Programme


The Labo Intern program offers young adults the opportunity to live and work in Japan for ONE YEAR.


From Australia to Japan in early February and return home the following January.


Applicants must be 18 years old at the time of application and may not be over 25.
Applicants must be citizens of Australia. They should have a strong interest in Japan, in working with children and living with host families for one year.
Prior knowledge of Japanese language is not required, but applicants must be willing to work hard to master Japanese language during the year in Japan.

Job Descreption

Ten months are spent working in Labo offices throughout Japan. Responsibility vary from district to district, and person to person. Visiting Labo Parties at least twice a week --- working with young Labo members, making presentations about life in Australia and encouraging their use of English.
Meeting with Labo Tutors and parents to discuss youth culture in Australia. Attending College Mate (university students) meetings. Working at Labo's summer and winter camps. Taking leadership role during Labo's winter and summer exchange pirogrammes.
Assisting with English-language office work.

Language Study

Interns spend two months studying Japanese at Labo's NIHONGO Institute in Tokyo. This time is also used for orientation to Labo, and training on their job responsibilities and duties.
Successful completion of Independent Study Project is a visa required for this programme. Interns are allotted one day per week to work on their project, which must be about some aspect of traditional Japanese culture. A final presentation, demonstration, or paper is required before the lnte1rn leaves Japan.
Before coming to Japan, some Interns arrange to receive university credit for their independent study project.

Home Stays

Interns live with about six host families throughout the year. They may request specific host families, or Labo will assign them to appropriate families.

Final Consideration

Labo provides return-trip airfare to Japan.
Interns receive a stipend of 90,000 yen per month. Labo pays the Japanese taxes, but interns are responsible for any taxes in their home country. Labo provides host families for interns, and hotel stays when travelling. Meals are taken with the host families, except for lunch, which is the responsibility of the Intern. All transportation costs in Japan are borne by Labo except for private travel.
lrnterns are provided with medical insurance coverage.


Applications are due on August 31st for the programme beginning the following February.
Please click here for downloadable application.

Please mail your application to:
Ayako Mitsui at :
379 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove NSW 2066

Phone: + 61 2 9232 2720 | Mobile: 0408 442 614


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