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Job: Group Guides for Japanese exchange students

Although the following Group Guides are for DC, Nashville, Chicago, and Denver right now, there are possibilities for future locations that may include Boston. If you are in the Boston area and are interested, please let Megan (email) below know! There are several JET alumni working in the Laurasian Institution on the Kakehashi Project.

Now Hiring: Kakehashi Project Group Guides

Washington, D.C., Nashville, Chicago, Denver

The Laurasian Institution of Seattle, WA is seeking guides for groups of 25 participants visiting the United States from Japan in October and November 2013. Groups will be comprised of 24 high school or university students and 1~2 adult chaperones. Groups will visit the United States for a period of 10 days, including sightseeing in major cities and a homestay in locations throughout the country.

Guides will meet groups at the airport in the arrival city, lead them through scheduled orientation and sightseeing activities, accompany them to the homestay location and departure city, and see them off at the airport.

Description of Duties:

Guide groups through all scheduled activities, including arrival/departure at airports, mealtimes, orientation, sightseeing, travel to/from homestay locations, host school activities, etc.

Ensure the group stays together at all times

Ensure the safety and well-being of all members of the group by handling medical or other emergency situations.

Interpreting between group members, vendors, and others throughout the trip as needed

Summary of Requirements

Native English speakers with highly functional Japanese abilities (minimum JLPT Level 2/N2 or equivalent)

Background in education, youth exchange, and/or Japan-related work experience

All-day time commitment for 10 days, including being on-call at night

Experience with Japanese students and/or the Japanese school system

Familiarity with Japanese health insurance procedures

Residence in and knowledge of the geography, history and culture of at least one of the major cities (Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C. or Nashville)

Ability to handle emergencies and work under pressure

Strong communication skills, both oral and written

Demonstrated experience as a leader

Bachelor’s degree

Pass a criminal background check


$2,250 for 10 days as group guide

Transportation to/from major cities (either Chicago & Denver or Washington D.C. & Nashville) during the trip

Transportation to/from the homestay location

Meals and lodging during trip

Trip Dates & Locations

Tour 1: October 27th – November 5th, 2012 (Washington D.C. & Nashville)

Tour 2: November 3 – 12, 2012 (Chicago & Denver)

To be considered, please send your resume, cover letter, your base city (Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C. or Nashville) and a list of all available dates to Megan Bernard at mbernard at laurasian dot org.  Travel must begin or end in one of the four major cities, therefore applicants located outside of those cities will not be considered. No phone calls, please.

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