English and Spanish Teachers Wanted for Peace Boat's 100th Global Voyage



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Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


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Interested in traveling for a good cause? Join Peace Boat for the adventure of a lifetime!

Peace Boat's language training programme is now accepting applications for English and Spanish language teachers for the 100th global voyage, departing from Yokohama on December 26, 2018 and returning to Yokohama April 1, 2019. You must also be able to participate in the orientation which is scheduled to begin around one week prior to the departure of the first voyage. The deadline for the application is 17:00 JST (Japan Standard Time) on Friday, August 27th, 2018. National interviews are scheduled to be held on September 15-16 (Saturday and Sunday) at the GET Office in Tokyo, Japan. Interviews for overseas applicants will be conducted via Skype between September 14-21, 2018.

Applicants should fulfill the following requirements:

  • Have at least 18-months of relevant full-time English and/or Spanish language teaching experience.
  • Be a highly advanced speaker of English - it is not necessary to be a 'native' or 'first-language' speaker.
  • Have experience or a definite interest in the areas of peace and global education in language teaching.
  • *Applicants with the following will be looked upon favorably: Qualification(s) in English language teaching; Conversational Japanese ability; Multiple language teaching ability.

FOR MORE INFO: http://peaceboat.org/english/?menu=110

This is an unpaid position. However, Peace Boat covers full costs of passage on a cruise ship around the world, visa fees, required vaccinations, and housing in Tokyo during the orientation period.

What is Peace Boat?

Peace Boat is an international non-governmental organization striving to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism and cooperation. We achieve this through programs in which people from around the world participate in voyages onboard the Peace Boat. Peace Boat works in Special Consultative Status with UNESCO, and uses the ship as a platform to promote the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Peace Boat is also a steering member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Programs combine learning, activism, advocacy, and travel, enabling participants to learn first-hand about global issues such as war, environmental degradation, gender violence, and other issues. Participants experience grassroots peace-building efforts to find non-violent, creative, and constructive solutions, from local communities to global advocacy networks.

Given the wealth of opportunities that Peace Boat participants have to interact with people from around the world, it is important that they are equipped with the language skills necessary to make that interaction as fulfilling and meaningful as possible. To meet this need, both English and Spanish language classes are offered on each Peace Boat voyage, these being two of the most widely spoken languages of communication on the regular routes. Previous voyages have also seen classes in Russian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, French, Portuguese, Korean, and even Swahili. Peace Boat's onboard language programme is known as GET (Global English / Espanol Training). GET is a communication-based programme that aims to improve students' communicative ability and instill confidence in using English and/or Spanish through a dynamic combination of onboard classroom study, language based events and activities, and exchange programmes in ports of call. Furthermore, the GET Programme embraces the concept of Global Language - language as it is used daily around the world as a tool of communication between people from different cultures and countries. For teachers, the programme offers the opportunity to work with a great deal of autonomy, using their creativity both in and out of the classroom while enjoying the unique experience that is Peace Boat.

Who studies languages on Peace Boat?

A significant proportion of participants on board Peace Boat join the language programme. There is a representative cross-section of ages, coming from all walks of life. Some have studied English and/or Spanish extensively, while others are tackling the language for the first time. Motivations for studying and individual goals for language learning are equally diverse.


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How To Apply


For a complete list of instructions and required materials for applying, please download the application pack on our volunteer page.