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Work at Summer Day Camp

Planning to be in Tokyo this summer? Willing to make a fool of yourself in front of a group of children and work hard for three or four weeks in the relentless heat and humidity?

If you answered "Yes" to all three, then applying for a job at ASIJ's Summer Day Camp may be for you!

Now in its 44th season, Summer Day Camp employs over 300 young people and adults of a variety of nationalities and backgrounds each summer. A love of children and a desire to help them learn and grow, together with the ability to instruct in English, are the basic requirements for anyone wishing to work at camp. Experience and linguistic or activity skills are a plus.

Summer Day Camp operates on two campuses - ASIJ's main campus in Chofu and its Early Learning Center in Roppongi. Applicants for the Chofu program must be available to work for four weeks and be interested in working with children kindergarten through 8th grade. The Roppongi program may better suit applicants seeking a shorter camp experience or preferring pre-school aged children. Four main types of positions are available: English Teachers, Activity Specialists, Group Counselors and Swimming Instructors (Chofu only).

English Teacher

An applicant for this position must be a native English speaker, hold a college degree, and have had at least one year of classroom teaching experience. TESOL/TEFL qualifications and experience are welcomed.

Since Summer Day Camp is a camp, not a language school, English teachers must be willing and able to teach language with an active rather than an academic approach, using role playing, games, songs, and other innovative techniques focused on making the two weeks each camper is here fun and authentic as well as a valuable learning experience. English teachers are responsible for two classes, each meeting for two hours each day, once in the morning and once after lunch. Materials and support are available in the English Resource Center and from the English Director, but teachers are responsible for planning and running their own classes and utilizing the Counselors who come with the camper groups to provide the optimum experience for all.

Each summer about 20-25 English Teachers are hired.

Specialist - Lead, Senior and Junior

A Lead Specialist must possess skills in the area of instruction as well as classroom management. Lead Specialists plan and teach their activities, and are normally adult teaching professionals. They are responsible for directing the Senior/Junior Specialists who are hired to assist them. Senior/Junior Specialists are never expected to take charge, but to assist the Lead Specialist under his/her direction.

A Senior Specialist must be at least college-age.

A Junior Specialist must be at least 15 years old or have completed the ninth grade.

Each summer some 120 Specialists are hired, approximately one quarter for Lead Specialist positions and three-quarters as Senior/Junior Specialists.

Specialist positions are available in the following areas; contact the Director if you have a proposal for a new activity.

























* These positions require fluent Japanese language skills

Counselor - Senior and Junior

Counselors must have a strong desire to work with children and be able to supervise a group of 18 boys and girls throughout the camp day. Each camper group is attended by one Junior and one Senior Counselor. Counselors are expected to assist with simple instruction when required by an English Teacher or a Specialist, and to handle all logistic, emotional and disciplinary issues within their group.

Counselors are paired as much as possible to ensure that at least one knows ASIJ, speaks Japanese and has experience at SDC. The Senior Counselor is expected to help develop the Junior Counselor. Support and training is available from the Staff Development Specialist. A Senior Counselor must have completed one year of college or equivalent. A Junior Counselor must be at least 15 years old or have completed the ninth grade.

Each summer some 60 Senior Counselors and 60 Junior Counselors are hired.

Swimming Instructor (Chofu campus only)

A Swimming Instructor should have an appropriate background in instruction or competitive swimming. Applicants with current Senior Lifesaving qualifications are especially welcomed. Swimming instructors must be willing to work within a program which stresses the teaching of swimming skills and water safety, not recreation.

Each summer approximately 14 Swimming Instructors are hired. These positions are usually filled by high school and college students.


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