Working Visitor, Asian Rural Institute

Working Visitor, Asian Rural Institute

Opening/Closing Date: 
December 19, 2018 to March 1, 2019

Pilgrim in Mission | 1–60 days | Self-funded

The United Church of Canada is inviting individuals to participate in the Working Visitors program with the Asian Rural Institute in Japan.

Position: Working Visitor

Participants will immerse themselves in a working visitor program at the Asian Rural Institute in Japan for up to 60 days. Working visitors are 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 one another’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 Visitor Program, please visit the ARI 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 cooperation with fellow working visitors; supporting, tolerating, and cooperating 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 are essential;
  • Lived cross-cultural experience is an asset;
  • Language skills in addition to English are 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.

This appointment is subject to the following conditions:

  • a positive recommendation for overseas service from the United Church'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 is a Pilgrim in Mission position, and is a short-term, self-funded volunteer opportunity.

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resumé, quoting the position title to:

  • People in Partnership pip [at]