Melbourne, Victoria (PRWEB) June 25, 2012
In the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated many Japanese lives and impacted the country’s tourism industry, Japan Internships are pleased to report their unique work experience programs are once again rising in popularity amongst young travelers wishing to gain first-hand knowledge of the Japanese culture. In addition, this Australian company is enjoying increased respect within the many ski resorts around the country, and beach resorts in the south island of Okinawa, successfully negotiating a raft of new positions for international interns.
As Director of Japan Internships, Mr Adam Claydon-Platt explains, “Following the tsunami, demand really slowed down. However, in recent time interest has spiked from people wanting to visit Japan, as well as a growing number of resorts who are willing to provide positions for longer periods of time.”
“A great example is our beach interns, who previously may have stayed for 2-3 months and are now staying for longer and longer.”
The hotel and resort internships introduce participants to the internationally renowned Japanese work ethic and approach to service and also gives them the opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills whilst earning a wage. This is a distinct difference to other opportunities to study abroad in Japan or participate in student exchange programs as they don’t have the added bonus of being paid to learn and travel.
Japan Internships have a comprehensive screening process as they are adamant about choosing people who have a real interest in Japan. Their number one criteria is that each intern has had a study background in Japanese, and it is crucial that the intern respects the culture and style of hospitality, and will take just as much pride in their jobs as their Japanese counterparts.
Traditionally, Japanese businesses have shown a natural apprehension to taking on foreigners due to the difference in work ethic as they have no interest in people who won’t take the job seriously.
Mr Claydon-Platt elaborates on this, saying, “It’s been quite a process for us over the past few years to build up trust and get our foot in the door with those who are now our regular clients.“
“Also, in order to create relationships with new resorts and hotels, we’ve had to show our proven track record of providing high-quality interns that the resorts are happy with.”
Applicants aged between 18 and 30 who are eligible for a Japanese Working Holiday Visa and are interested in either a Summer Japan Internship or Winter work experience are recruited from over 10 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, France, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
However it is Australians that form the majority of their applicants, a number which continues to increase.
“We’re excited to see demand returning for Internships in Japan as they provide participants with such a special opportunity. They can improve their Japanese skills and get a real insight into the working culture while earning money to travel around Japan once they’ve finished their placement. It also looks great on their resume and is a wonderful social experience because they make so many friends”, remarks Mr Claydon-Platt.
“We look forward to strengthening ties with existing hotels and resorts in Japan and developing new relationships off the back of our continued success in placing the right interns.”
About Japan Internships
Japan Internships have taken their passion for Japan and innovated working and studying abroad, by helping young people from around the world secure paid internships in the country’s popular beach and ski hotels and resorts.
Their Internship programs were created for the promotion of mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries, and to encourage students of various degrees to improve their knowledge and skills and experience first-hand the internationally renowned Japanese work ethic, culture and approach to service.