You too can experience life here in the old Japanese-style house near Koyasan!
Wakayama Guest House Shido offers an internship program to both domestic and international applicants who want to come and see what we're all about. During the internship, you are invited to participate in the wide range of tasks and jobs we do here. Through this program, you will have the opportunity to experience our Japanese food and to learn about the production, processing, and marketing involved.
We believe that through the internship program, we can share our passion for food, our business, our culture and most importantly our friendship.
What you'll be doing...
We have five main areas that interns are involved in.
In the house:
- Taking reservaions, e.g. sending messages, managing rooms in stock, etc.
- Local concierge, e.g. interacting with Japanese and foreign traveler, guiding this house and area, etc.
- House maintenance, e.g. cleanning, repairing, preparing Japanese house and garden, etc.
In the kicthen:
- Processing Japanese agriculture into our various products, soba, Tempura, Domburi, etc.
In the office:
- Maintaining English website and social media
- Blogging about internship experience (in native language)
- Assisting in expanding market reach
- Data entry
Otherwise, helping Wakayama Guest House Shido staff with any special needs or events as they may arise.
When and for how long...
What time of year:
- Interns are welcome at any time of year and in all seasons. The main trip season is from April to November.
For how long:
- Interns can come for long or short stays, however, it is preferred that interns stay longer than one week.
- On working days, interns work from 11am - 20pm, with a 1 hour lunch break. Long-term interns generally get 8 days off each month (can be arranged as 3-4 days work, 1 day off or however you prefer).
Of course, this schedule can be flexible around individual travel plans and needs.
Accommodation and food...
Where you stay:
- Interns are welcome to stay at our company house which is in the house.
- A Wakaama Guest House Shido staff member stays there as well to assist the interns.
- Interns' living costs are covered by Wakayama Guest House Shido - this includes accommodation, internet, electricity and water costs.
- Wakayama Guest House Shido also covers interns' food costs for the duration of their stay. However, any personal effects or special foods are at the intern's expense.
What we're looking for in an intern...
- The ability to speak Japanese is not required. However, fluency in English and conversational Japanese would be preferred.
Experience and knowledge:
- Not required. We appreciate the unique perspectives that people can offer from their own rich experiences.
Physical and mental strength:
- Interns will be asked to undertake often physically demanding activities, possibly in adverse weather conditions, so a degree of physical fitness is required.
- Above all, interns need to have the right attitude - an open mind and a willingness to learn.
- For many, the Japanese culture and small-town life may be unfamiliar. Interns need to be aware of this and prepared to adapt and embrace it.
- Additionally, interns will need to have patience and understanding when communicating with a language barrier.