FAQ

Q1. What kind of training and courses are offered?

We do not offer standardised training courses. Instead we offer an active learning platform that will be facilitated by experts who will guide participants towards a pre-agreed project goal and outcome. Fellows will work in small groups of 3-4 to achieve the project outcome that has been planned and agreed upon. A specialist mentor will work with facilitators to respond to your inquiries, organise the program according to your interests and needs and plan a viable schedule for the duration of the program to accomplish your goal. Guest lecturers will be invited to share their expertise and knowledge with you.

Survival Japanese language training will be offered to Fellows who wish to acquire Japanese, though it is not a compulsory part of the program.

Please note that Japanese language acquisition is not the purpose of this program.

Q2. What kind of tasks does the assigned job involve? Are you able to provide a detailed job description?

A clear job description will not be provided as the Awaji Youth Federation is primarily a training program that is guided by the ideas and aspirations of each of the Fellows.

As an AYF Fellow, you will spend the on-the-job training portion of your time assigned to work at one of Pasona Group’s facilities or other relevant facility based on your work experience and skill. Examples of some of the tasks you might undertake include overseas business development based upon regional revitalisation, overseas marketing, Japan inbound tourism plan development, advertisement, publicity, translation, interpreting and information provision services.

Q3.What type of employment is offered in the program? What kind of work can I expect to do?

This unique program has two aspects of employment to maximise Fellows’ experiences throughout the year, including work as a contract employee of Pasona Group as well as projects on creative and entrepreneurial development on Awaji Island.

Pasona Group associated companies will also provide assistance and offer opportunities to let Fellows demonstrate their ability and potential. The work assigned to Fellows is subject to the proposals of the Fellow themselves, as well as the routine work requested by the corporate entity, and it will also be assigned based upon compliance, rules and regulations.

Q4. Can I still apply if I am not familiar with the eight fields/specializations? I majored in commerce.

Yes, you are still eligible to apply to AYF if you have a unique background beyond the specialties listed.

Q5. I do not have a score level of TOEIC 800 or higher. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply to AYF, but please note the program will be conducted in English so if your English level is not sufficient you are unlikely to be accepted.

Q6. What kind of Accommodation is available?
Please refer to our accommodation page to learn more
Q7. Is it mandatory to stay in the provided accommodation?

Yes, staying at our designated boarding house is mandatory. We have taken many measures to secure and respect your privacy so that you can live in a comfortable environment for a year. All rooms have locks on the doors and there is plenty of space in the common areas for study and recreation.

Q8. Are AYF fellows entitled to annual leave?

All fellows are hired as contract employees of Pasona Group. Benefits include 10 paid holidays 6 months into the program, subject to program scheduling.

Q9. Are Fellows allowed to take time off during holidays such as Golden Week or Summer Vacation?

Vacation/Leave requests from Fellows will be accepted during off-peak periods when training or assigned work shifts are unaffected.

On a regular basis, Fellows will be entitled to 2 days off in a week, which might fall on weekdays depending on the program scheduling and needs. For instance, if you are assigned to commercial facilities for your special training and work experience tasks, you are likely to be asked to work on the weekends or national holidays at certain times.

Q10. Will I be wearing formal attire during work hours? What is the standard dress code?

We have a basic dress code which will depend upon your job and tasks, as well as the TPO (time, place and occasion). Of course, you will be requested to dress formally for special occasions such as ceremonies and we generally wear suits on business in Japan. If you have a national costume please bring it with you if possible.

Q11. What is the monthly salary?

The gross salary is 250,000 yen per month. After all costs and taxes have been processed, your net earnings will be approximately JPY70,000 per month.

Q12. Does the cost include the project/program fee? Is the tuition compulsory? Is it possible to change the classes if I’m not satisfied with the course?

Yes, the aforementioned cost includes the mandatory tuition fee. The program aims to recruit and cultivate motivated and creative Fellows from all around the world to “learn to work” and “work to learn”. Therefore, participation in all programs across specialization is essential and necessary. Opting out of a certain class means you are opting out of the program entirely.

Q13. Does the Project/Program fee cover the “work to learn, learn to work” program?

Yes, the creative program portion of your time will be covered by the Project/Program fee.

Q14. Is it possible to have the monthly salary paid to an overseas bank account?

Unfortunately, AYF is not authorized to make any payment to an overseas bank account. You will, however, receive assistance in opening a bank account in Japan in the beginning of the program.

Q15. Will AYF or Pasona Group support visa-related procedures and costs?

Upon being selected as a Fellow, the AYF secretariat will handle any necessary documents for the Japanese Immigration and pay the fee required to issue you a Certificate of Eligibility and send it to you through post. You will then be able to apply for your working visa on your own to the nearest Japanese Embassy in your home country.

Q16. Is it possible to leave the job during the contract period? Is there a penalty?

Should you choose to leave the program you will be free to do so at any time. However, please note you will not be permitted to remain in Japan afterwards and will be required to return back to your home country according to the Immigration Control Act and Japanese law.