Ashinaga developed the first anonymous donation system in Japan, in which donors are called "Ashinaga-san." At Ashinaga, the donations of Ashinaga-san support orphan students ("orphan" is defined as a child who has lost either one or both of their parents); the organization also supports children who have a parent with a disability that prevents them from working.
Ashinaga receives no government support; it is funded solely by contributions from private individuals and companies.
One of the core elements of the Ashinaga philosophy is that orphan students support each other. For financial support, Ashinaga students conduct street corner fundraising campaigns twice a year across Japan. In order to provide emotional support, we facilitate close relationships between orphaned children supported by Ashinaga, particularly via summer camps for orphan students held every year throughout Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa. Another aspect of the Ashinaga philosophy is that people do not have to have special skills or qualifications to be able to take care of orphan students emotionally.
We hope to share and spread our spirit not only throughout Japan, but also around the world. We believe these philosophies apply across national boundaries. Orphan students can indeed grow up and become involved in supporting other students in return for the love they have received. This is how Ashinaga perpetuates itself. We believe that love lost can only be replaced other love--that found between all orphan students.
To utilize broad-based philanthropic support to achieve the following:
Provision of scholarships, in the form of interest-free loans.
Promotion of educational endeavors.
Provision of emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents as a result of illness, accident/disaster, or suicide, as well as children who have a parent with a disability that prevents them from working.
The Ashinaga Internship Program began in 2013 as an English teaching program for students in Japan and Uganda, which enabled interns to acquire the problem-solving skills and adaptability needed in multicultural environments. Since then, our program has grown to encompass a variety of departments and functions. Interns now have the ability to choose between a number of different fields within the organization and we hope that by tapping the minds of intellectuals from all over the world we’ll be able to turn Ashinaga into an all-embracing, international NGO. To date we have had interns from over 50 global universities in several dozen countries. We invite you to join us on our journey!
Accommodation in Japan (at Ashinaga facilities)
Daily Breakfast & Dinner (at Ashinaga facilities)
Stipend (Food & Work-related Travel)
*Interns must provide their own travel insurance for the duration of the internship.*
Summer: June 25th to September 7th 2018 (Undouka: June 8th to September 6th)
Fall: October 1st to December 7th 2018 | Winter: January 14th to March 22nd 2019
While working as an intern in Japan, you will have the opportunity to be placed in Tokyo or Kobe. Depending on their team, interns will be required to come to headquarters 4 to 5 times per week and will work under a team supervisor. In addition, interns will live in either our Tokyo Kokoro-Juku or Kobe Kokoro-Juku, where they will be able to foster an invaluable relationship with Ashinaga scholars. In addition to general team work, interns will be participate in our Tohoku program. This program will allow interns to visit our Sendai facility, tour areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake & Tsunami, interact with children affected by the disaster, as well as hear testimonials from others affected.
*For all non-native English speaking applicants, a TOEFL 100 or IELTS score of 7.5 or above (level of proficiency) is required.*