Sep 11

Job: Group Guides for Kakehashi Project (DC, Nashville, Chicago, Denver)

Thanks to JET alum Ashley Greenidge who works for The Laurasian Institution for sharing this great JET-relevant listing! Posted by blogger and podcaster Jon Dao (Toyama-ken, 2009-12)Click here to join the JETwit Jobs Google Group and receive job listings even sooner by email.


Position: Group Guide
Location: (Chicago, Denver, Washington D.C. or Nashville)
Type: Temp

  • $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


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.


  • 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


  • 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

Tour 1: October 27th – November 5th, 2012 (Washington D.C. & Nashville)
Tour 2: November 3 – 12, 2012 (Chicago & Denver)

Application Instructions:

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 @  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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