What is the general range of ages for fellows in AYF?

Most of the fellows are betwen the ages of 23-29 years. However, you can still apply if you meet the requirements.

What kind of training and courses are offered?

We do not offer standardised training courses. Instead we offer a 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 3-5 people 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.

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.

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.

It is important to understand that this is a work appointment where your role is not only as a Fellow but also as a Pasona employee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.