Obubu’s Japanese Tea Agricultural Internship
Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms is an agricultural social enterprise. We want to use our tea to contribute to society and spread our passion for tea around the world. We are looking for passionate individuals who love tea and wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of Japanese tea and culture. Our programme offers a unique opportunity to connect with people from all over the world, to gain intercultural experiences and build meaningful relationships.
Get your hands dirty during the busy tea harvesting season while farming on Obubu’s local tea fields together with Obubu’s president, Akki-san. You’ll learn the “why” and “how” of tea cultivation. This grained knowledge helps you to comprehend tea processing techniques which are experienced as well. From the moment you arrive at Obubu Tea Farms, you will learn to appreciate tea as a artisan craft.
In addition with the enjoyment of drinking fine tea together with other interns and getting a bigger picture of tea in a cultural perspective, Obubu’s Japanese tea farming internship is an A to Z experience, from cultivation to consumption, bush to cup.
Besides the intensive physical farming practises, you are expected to integrate your knowledge and techniques about cultivation and processing. Being self-motivated and an energetic person are very important. Having detailed conversations with all collaborators and inserting your perspective is one of the best parts about being here. You will have the opportunity to interact with our Japanese employees, farmers and local community members. You will experience Japanese culture firsthand through events, social interaction, and daily living.
Obubu farming interns will be expected to be involved in the following:
- Tea farming
- Tea processing
- Community events
- Program management
- Household maintenance
We’re looking for individuals who are prepared to immerse themselves within a different culture, with cultural awareness and an open mind. Fluency in English is a requirement and conversational Japanese would be preferred for the internship. You must have patience when faced with language barriers as well as living in a peaceful, farming town.
Internship Duration and Application Deadline
The duration of the internship program is 3 months. 6-month internship is also possible. and if you would like to join the internship for 6 months please mention it in the comments section of the application.
For most countries, foreigners are allowed to stay in Japan on a ‘Temporary Visitor’s Visa’ for up to 90 days without any additional applications or paperwork. Please refer to the Japanese consulate at your residence for more information.
|Program Start Date||Program End Date||Application Deadline||Notice of Application Result|
|20th Mar, 2019||20th July, 2019||30th Dec, 2018||30th Jan, 2019|
Applicants that pass application review will be invited for a Skype interview after the application deadline.
It is a requirement to have travel insurance upon arrival. We advise you to look into options independently, to find the level of insurance that suits you. You must be covered for the duration of your stay.
Obubu’s office is located in a two-storey house, which also serves as accommodation for programme participants. The main floor is dedicated to the office, common space and kitchen; the bedrooms are situated on the second floor. Tatami mats with futon mattresses, bedding and linen are provided in each bedroom. You will either be living in a single or double room and must be prepared to share with another Obubu interns. The house has two toilets and a bathroom to be shared with all residents.
- Rent will be 18,000JPY per month, to be paid on the 1st of every month via Paypal
- The 1st month rent must be paid as a deposit 2 months before arrival
- There are two small grocery stores in the town, a short walk away. Food can range from 3000JPY – 7000JPY per week depending on your diet
- Travel to and from Nara, Osaka, and Kyoto (the Kansai Region) will range from about 2000JPY – 3500JPY
For a more details about our Agricultural Internship Program check out our video below, featuring our very first agricultural intern, Tobi!
If you are interested in joining us, please fill the application form below:
DISCLAIMER: Living and working in the small town of Wazuka may be very different than what you are used to. If you do not speak Japanese, there will be language barriers that require patience and understanding. If you wish to work in the fields, you must be physically capable and understand that the conditions can be less than comfortable (hot and humid weather in the summer, heavy machinery, wildlife etc.) By completing this application you are acknowledging these factors in the experience and confirming that you are fit and able for the job.