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Interested in becoming an AIS Volunteer?

The Japan-America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW) is looking for volunteers who can visit schools in Japan to teach AIS.


Those who are interested should register on the Matching Site. After being contacted by a registered teacher on the site, volunteers will visit the teacher's school to present AIS alone or with the homeroom teacher and/or Assistant Language Teacher (ALT).


Foreign Languages is currently mandatory for 5th and 6th graders at elementary schools in Japan, but will become a core subject from 2018. This transition also means that Foreign Languages  will become mandatory for 3rd and 4th graders. We created a matching site to support elementary school teachers who are busy everyday.



See below for the complete matching process.


○Who can register as a volunteer?

  • Student teachers

  • Native English speakers

  • People with experience living in America

  • People who are interested in English elementary education at elementary school


○What do the volunteers do?

Volunteers visit your school and teach the AIS Presentation. They can teach by themselves or team-teach with the teacher or ALT.


○Are there requirements for registration?

Even though registration asks about teaching licenses, it is not a requirement. But after registration, volunteers are encouraged to complete Web Orientation before visiting schools. Using visuals and narrations, Web Orientation explains the main points of the 45-minute AIS presentation and takes 10 minutes to complete.


○What do I need for school visits?

Volunteers will need to bring the AIS PowerPoint, Teaching Notes, and Student Worksheet. These can be downloaded here. All materials are free.


○Can volunteers choose the schools they visit?

Teachers can see all registered volunteers on the Matching Site and contact suitable volunteers directly by phone or e-mail. All the details of the school visit will be arranged at that time.


Please contact us if you have any further questions! 


To register as a volunteer, click here.

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