This programme dispatches Japanese citizens as NIHONGO Partners mainly to secondary schools in Asia in order to support the local Japanese-Language teachers and students. The assignment of NIHONGO Partners is not only to support the educational activities of the local Japanese-Language teachers but also to spread the charms of the Japanese language and cultures through their learning support and cultural activities in and outside the classroom. Simultaneously, it is an opportunity for NIHONGO Partners to learn about their assigned country through the exchange with their students, teachers, and the people of the community. This programme aims to deepen mutual understanding and expand exchanges between Japan and Asia.
i. Fully understand the objectives of this programme, eager to participate and aspire to serve as a bridge between Japan and ASEAN countries;
ii. Able to adapt to the local standard of living (housing, lifestyle, etc.) and customs;
iii. Must be between the ages of 20-59 years old;
iv. Possess Japanese nationality and a native speaker of Japanese;
v. Able to engage in everyday conversation in English;
vi. Able to participate in all the programmes of pre-departure training conducted by the Japan Foundation Headquarter (about one-month);
vii. Able to cooperate with the Japan Foundation on disseminating information about activities and publicize this programme using SNS, website and other media tools; and
viii. Mentally and physically healthy.
NIHONGO Partners are not required to have teaching experiences nor a license in teaching, hence they are not allowed to teach independently in class as per MOE’s request.