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The American Institute for Foreign Study (Australia) Pty Ltd opened its Australian office in 1999 and began offering its Camp America and Au Pair in America programs to young Australians. In 2005, AIFS commenced offering inbound programs and currently facilitates cultural exchange programs for more than 2,000 young people.

Winter Work Japan

The Land of anime, convenience stores and temples is hiring!

Considering a Working Holiday in Japan?

Japan is one of the few places around the world where you can truly experience the snow that is known as champagne powder.  Japan is the destination on everyone’s lips and yet finding work there can be challenging.

That’s where we are here to help! Winter Work Japan secure you work before you leave home and then gives you on the group support when you need it. Want a gap year with a difference – Winter Work Japan is your answer!

Your Accommodation

Resorts normally provides a single or shared room for around 5000-35,000JPY per month.

You also get subsidized meals at the employee canteen for only 300 yen per meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner). Resorts will also normally provide free or discounted lift tickets.

Depending on the resort location you should expect the closest town to be 10-20 minutes by bus.

The Jobs

The winter season lasts from mid-November to mid-April and you will need to commit to a minimum of 3 months employment. Work is fulltime - (5 days per week x 8 hours) and your should expect you will work both evenings and weekends.

While no Japanese is needed, a basic level of Japanese (high school or beginners courses are fine) will open your application to more employment opportunities.  You can expect a monthly wage of around 160,000JPY.

Types of Jobs

* Receptionist/Front Desk
* Wait staff
* Kitchen hands
* Baggage Handlers
* Room Service
* Housekeeping
* Skiing/snowboarding instructors.

What's included?

  1. * 3 nights hostel arrival accommodation
  2. * A paid job at a Japanese winter resort
  3. * Arrival orientation in Tokyo
  4. * Assistance applying for your visa
  5. * Staff housing (housing costs not included)
  6. * 24/7 emergency assistance
  7. * Assistance setting up your mobile
  8. * Fun social events to meet other travellers
  9. * Centrally located support centres in Tokyo and Kyoto
    * $50.00 saving if you opt for our Winter Work Japan/Camp America 'combo'
    * Optional language course (sep. fee)
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  • Are aged between 18-30 years old
  • Meet the requirements under the Japanese Working Holiday Visa
  • Are a high school graduate or equivalent

How to Apply

Click on APPLY to complete your application. You will also need to make your first payment of $295.00.

Once your online profile is completed, you'll be invited to attend an interview with one of our team before we start your placements process. you will then move forward to the matching process (the exciting part!) which is when you speak to potential employers. Again, we will explain the process, and questions that will be helpful to ask.

Once placed we will walk you through the last steps in order to prepare for your trip.



paid in two
simple installments.