You’ll need to have a valid visa that allows you to reside, work part time and commit to Church activities as a volunteer.
Here are options below, please contact us if you have more specific questions.

Working Holiday Visa

Different countries often have a “working holiday” visa. The following information is related to Japan. Please check your locations page for more specific details.

Australians – 6 months, and renewable up to 2 times for a total of 18 months
New Zealand – 6 months, and renewable 1 time for a total of 12 months

Working holiday visas are also available for people from:
United Kingdom
Hong Kong

There are various conditions to get this visa so please check yourself. Basically you have to be 18-30 years old, and have sufficient savings to show the embassy (about $2000 USD).

Please see the official Japanese website for more details:

Holiday Visa

Holiday visas are available for most countries, which have a 3 month limit. You could try to find a job on a holiday visa but it is very difficult and job hunting would consume all of your time. If this is your only option please get back in contact with us after you have come and found a job.

Student Visa

Student visas are also available if you are studying at a university or Japanese language school. However working hours are limited and a lot of your time would be taken up with studying. Studying while being supported could be an option to come as an intern, as you’ll already be in a university.

Family Visa

If your spouse or family member is Japanese or has Japanese ancestry you may be able to get a family visa. Please consult the Japanese Embassy in your country.


Initially about $6,000 AU would be required to set yourself up comfortably in Japan.

Airfares – $1500
Travel Insurance – $200 (1st year)
Housing Setup – $1000 (key money + bond)
Rent – $1000 (2 months rent)
Living cost – $2000 (2 months money to live on)

Obviously this amount is flexible and changes case by case, but this would be a basic guideline. Also often unexpected costs arise so more is better.

You do not want to run out of money and have to return home, so start saving now!

Intern Expectations

Being an intern is similar to being on a leadership team of a church, and we do have guidelines. Things like commitment to meetings and team life, tithing, purity, a great attitude and following our church and leadership DNA.

Our BIG 3 are Journalling – Reading the bible and writing down what God speaks to you, Simple Prayer – Praying simply and often, Clean Heart – Forgiving daily and not letting an offense or unforgiveness build up in your heart.

You don’t have to be an established leader, but you should be a genuine disciple of Jesus who is submitted to the local church.

We need a simple pastoral reference from your current church, and will be in contact with leadership as we work strongly with local churches to grow, train and release young leaders to where they are called.

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