Working Visitor, Asian Rural Institute, Japan

Working Visitor, Asian Rural Institute, Japan

Job Number: 
SOP – 03
Opening/Closing Date: 
September 27, 2017 to April 30, 2018

The People in Partnership program enables United Church people and global partners to encounter each other, accompany each other in God’s mission, and learn more about each other’s contexts. The program provides a framework for the exchange of people (from Canada to global partners, and from global partners to Canada).

Participants will immerse themselves in a Working Visitors program at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan for 60 days to one year. Working visitors will be assigned an area of work, often determined by previous experience or skills. Areas include livestock, crops and vegetables, office work, meal service preparation, and food processing. This experience will provide a great opportunity to learn more about the world, food, and personal identity, while connecting to other working visitors.

The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional, and mission-centred. The church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just, and mutually accountable. As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love, and justice to happen we need to understand each other’s contexts more deeply, and how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.

For more information on the Asian Rural Institute and the Working Visitors program, please visit their website.


Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ and participation in The United Church of Canada with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada, its partnership in mission policy and practice, and support of the ecumenical movement;
  • Ability to work in co-operation with fellow working visitors; supporting, tolerating, and co-operating with others is essential;
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as required;
  • Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for others essential;
  • Lived cross-cultural experience an asset;
  • Language skills in addition to English a strong asset;
  • Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with one’s own needs, strengths, and limitations;
  • Willingness and ability to move to Japan and to work under the direction of the partners; ability to live a simple lifestyle; and
  • Willingness to work in a faith-based environment and participate in the life and worship of that community.

All appointments are subject to the following conditions:

  • a positive recommendation for overseas service from the Church in Mission Unit’s medical consultant based on a thorough medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier;
  • a satisfactory outcome from a police records check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP; and
  • global partner approval

This Pilgrims in Mission opportunity is a self-funded, short-term volunteer opportunity.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resumé, quoting the job number to:

  • People in Partnership
    E-mail: pip [at]