Summer Empowerment Programs

Summer Program Participants are sent to various locations throughout Japan to serve as group leaders at various high schools and educational institutions to help Japanese students better understand self-empowerment, critical thinking, and English communication.

 

 

 

 

 

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Program Objectives

Provide Group Leaders the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of international education and cross-cultural communication.

 

Provide opportunity for Group Leaders to develop skills and techniques applicable to careers in an international workplace.

Provide opportunity for Group Leaders to understand work ethics in the Japanese cultural context.

An international summer program is not only about professional development, but also your personal development.

We send participants on a once in a lifetime experience that will give them a very personal experience with the Japanese culture.

During the summer programs, participants immerse themselves into Japanese culture, make lifelong friendships, and learn a great deal about themselves.

The benefits acquired from living outside of your own cultural comfort zone are invaluable.

How does it work?

Each week Group Leaders are sent to different locations throughout Japan. There they will stay with a Japanese host family or stay in a hotel. Group Leaders spend the week (Monday to Friday) at the participating school.

Each week the program is directed by facilitators who lead Group Leaders and Japanese students by providing various empowerment themes and lessons. Group Leaders get together in small groups with students and discuss varying viewpoints and examine how to make use of empowerment skills personally.

While the curriculum provides opportunity to explore themes and learn about critical thinking, volunteers also have the unique opportunity to inspire Japanese students to pursue their own passions, goals, and aspirations through their own viewpoints and stories.

 

Primary Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Attend pre-departure orientation session (location to TBD)
  • Read and respond to all pre-departure material related to Japanese culture and program features
  • Attend orientation program in Japan prior to commencement of program
  • Act as facilitator to students on projects and small group discussions
  • Share from life experiences to teach, inspire and motivate students
  • Prepare for various discussions by reviewing handouts and videos
  • Participate in various activities with students
  • Comply with all rules and regulations established by GPI/ISA
  • Japanese language proficiency is not required.

Program costs covered by GPI US

  • Airfare: Round trip ticket to Japan from USA from USA departing locations (travel to departure airport not included)
  • Inbound Travel insurance: Included
  • Residency: Homestay and hotel
  • Meals: All meals included except weekend lunch (homestay) / All meals included except weekend lunch (hotel stay)
  • Transportation in Japan: School commute (Personal travel is not covered)
  • Salary: No salary provided.
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How to apply

Submit the following to:

boston@gpius.net (East Coast applicants)

westcoast@gpius.net (All other regions)

  • Letter of Interest (why you would like to take part in this volunteer opportunity; availability and program(s) interested in)
  • Resume (include year of study, major, work experience, volunteer experience, etc)
  • List 2 professional references (address, email address, and contact number)

Submission Deadline: 

LA and SF regions are no longer accepting applications. 

**Boston is still accepting applications for Term 3 - deadline April 30th.**


Who can apply

  • Applicants must have North American citizenship or Japanese citizenship
  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a 4-year college/university (required to show a valid college/university ID) or be a recent graduate that meets one of the following requirements to qualify:

- if applicant will graduate between September 2016 -  April 2017 , applicant must be accepted to a graduate program for Fall 2017 enrollment and must show proof in the form of an admission letter.

However, if an applicant graduates between September 2016 - April 2017, and cannot show proof of acceptance to a graduate program for Fall 2017, their application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

OR

- if applicant will graduate in May (2017) or after, admission to a graduate school is not required.

 

*Please note that while the GPI US screens and selects applicants for ISA, selected participants are not 'hired' by GPI US or ISA.*

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Program Overview

The key features of the content is to challenge Japanese high school students to be more independent thinkers who are better equipped to excel personally. Through lectures and small group discussions Japanese students will examine and discuss various topics and participate in projects and presentations. The program encourages students to value personal responsibility for choices as the key to happiness and contributing value to local and global societies.

Duration 

Term 1: (TBD) July 6th – August 8th

Term 2: (TBD) July 13th - August 15th

Term 3: (TBD) July 20th - August 22nd

Term 4: (TBD) July 27th - August 29th

 

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Women's Studies

Program Overview

Women's Studies Empowerment Program is designed by Kerianne Panos, founder of MCML Consulting service, with strong focus on empowerment of girls. During the program in Japan, we will be working closely with Japanese high school students to help them explore their identity, build confidence, resilience and integrity to become successful global leaders in the future. Additionally, English with its strong focus on individualism and self-expression, helps students build their confidence by encouraging them to speak out and be heard.

Duration 

Term 1: (TBD) July 6th – August 8th

Term 2: (TBD) July 13th - August 15th

Term 3: (TBD) July 20th - August 22nd

Term 4: (TBD) July 27th - August 29th

 

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STEM

Program Overview

The key features of the content is to challenge Japanese high school students to be more independent thinkers who are better equipped to excel personally. Through lectures and small group discussions that touch on various STEM subjects, Japanese students will examine and discuss various topics along side American university STEM students.

Duration 

Term 1: (TBD) July 6th – August 8th

Term 2: (TBD) July 13th - August 15th

Term 3: (TBD) July 20th - August 22nd

Term 4: (TBD) July 27th - August 29th

 

**Please keep in mind that GPI US cannot guarantee acceptance to specific programs as requested by applicants.

Applicants must be flexible to participate in any of our programs, (Standard/STEM/Women) to be accepted.**

 

We inspire and educate our students to be better prepared for the challenges of Globalization.