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Below are some opportunities to help refugees in Japan. Regardless of whether you speak Japanese, we welcome interns and volunteers of all backgrounds (positions are limited for non-Japanese speakers).
Most JAR staff speak English and Japanese, so please feel free to apply in English via email.


Internship Opportunities

For non-Japanese speakers, internship at the Protection and Assistance Unit which provides direct support to people seeking asylum is available. Time commitment of more than 2 days (Mon-Fri) a week for 6 months is necessary. For summer internship, if you can work full-time (Mon-Fri) for more than 3 months, we can consider your application. To apply, please e-mail to info@refugee.or.jp with your CV. Please also let us know when and how often you can work in the e-mail.


Volunteer Opportunities

Below are some volunteer opportunities. We require less time commitment for volunteers than interns. Please contact the person in charge of each task with your name, email address, and any questions you may have.


Sorting through donations in the Suidobashi office

We get many boxes of donations every week, mostly clothing. These donations need to be sorted by gender and clothing type (e.g. “men’s tops”, “women’s jackets” etc.) onto shelves or into boxes we have already set up. We typically have volunteers come on Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoons during business hours. We ask that volunteers commit to a minimum of one day per week for six months. If you are interested, please contact us (info@refugee.or.jp).


Pick up food donations on Thursdays 3-6 p.m. (time and dates cannot be changed)

We provide free meals to refugees and asylum seekers at our office. To meet these needs, JAR picks up food donations from a local food bank (called Second Harvest Japan) in Akihabara every Thursday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (This time slot cannot be changed.) We need volunteers to go pick up food donations, bring them back to the Yotsuya office, and sort them. Depending on the week and availability, volunteers will meet another volunteer with a car at Akihabara and drive back. (If you have a car, we would be most grateful!) If not, volunteers will bring suitcases to Akihabara, pack as much food into the suitcases as possible, and bring them back by train. If you are interested, please contact us (info@refugee.or.jp).


Job Opportunities

JAR is currently looking for part-time interpreters and translators living in the Tokyo area to assist in its activities supporting refugees and asylum seekers. For details, please click here.