Internship

Obubu's Internship

Obubu’s Japanese Tea 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.

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During your time at Obubu you can expect to learn about brewing, preparation and basic tea chemistry. Obubu’s internship offers a unique experience, which allows you to follow the process of traditional tea production from leaf to cup. 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.

We offer an internship with a twist. You will be primarily in the Obubu office maintaining international relations and the English website. You are expected to contribute your own skills through individual and group tasks and projects that will be largely self-motivated. However, within your schedule there will be regular contact with Obubu staff members, which will offer guidance and access to relevant resources.

Obubu interns will be expected to be involved in the following*:

  • Tea tours
  • Community events
  • Social media and publicity
  • Engagement with local media
  • Website content
  • Program management
  • Hospitality for clients and guests
  • Household maintenance
  • Tea farming

Individuals in the past have contributed through:

  • Blogging
  • Photography
  • Graphic design
  • Filming and video editing
  • Web design and management
  • Translation
  • Community outreach
  • Event management
  • Tea farming

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

29th Sep, 2017 26th Dec, 2017 30th Jun, 2017 31st Jul, 2017
29th Nov, 2017 6th Feb, 2018

10th Jan, 2018 27th March, 2018 30th Sep, 2017 31st Oct, 2017
9th Feb, 2018 8th May, 2018

Applicants that pass application review will be invited for a skype interview after the application deadline.

Travel Insurance

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.

Accommodation 

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.

Cost

  • 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 detailed guide to our Internship Program check out our Obubu Intern Handbook !

 

 

If you are interested in joining us, please fill the application form below:

Application Form

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.

Your Name: *
Your Email: *
Your Phone Number: *
Your Skype ID: *
Your Nationality: *
How did you find us?
Date of Birth: *
format: DD/MM/YYYY (ex: 24/02/1980)
Your Address:

Program Period




29th September 2017-26th Dec 201729th Nov 2017-6th Feb 2018
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Spoken Languages and Fluency Level

fluency (fluent or intermediate)






Other Skills




Extensive Knowledge of TeaBloggingSocial Media OutreachPhotographyGraphic DesignVideo Design & EditingWeb Design & CodingTranslationPublic SpeakingFarming
If you have a portfolio to demonstrate your skills please add it here*


Such as a website, a blog, a photo gallery, a youtube channel, etc.



University /College Degree (use the below format)

University/ College Name:
Duration from MM/YYYY - until MM/YYYY:
Degree/Major:



Work Experience (Up to two newest. Use below format)

Company/Organisation Name:
Duration from MM/YYYY - until MM/YYYY:
Your Job Title:



What is your favourite type of tea, and why?







Why are you interested in our programme and what do you expect to gain from this experience?






How do you think you can contribute to Obubu during your time on the program?







Give an example of when you have taken your own initiative to start and complete a project? What problem were you addressing and what was the result?





Why do you want to come to Japan?








Have you worked on a farm before? Describe your experience.







What is your best and worst quality?








What are your dreams in life? Plans for the future?







Do you have any questions or concerns about the program?







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