Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Come sink your teeth into one of the world’s coolest capitals with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of city-slicking hobos will be living and breathing all of Tokyo’s quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In their spare time, hobos will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If you’re a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If you’re already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subject’s credit. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, well really, it would be rude not to, right?

Accommodation will be in single or twin-share Japanese-style hotel rooms in Yanesen – one of the cutest and oldest (and safest!) parts of Tokyo just 25 minutes by train from the centre. Your writing and language classes will be held between colourful Shinjuku and the polished business district of Ginza, a hop away from Tokyo’s famous fish markets (hellooOoo fresh sushi).

Space in Japan’s capital is a limited and expensive commodity (which maybe explains dog cafes), so we’ve prepared a choice between two living options depending on your stinginess. You can either bunk with a fellow hobo in a twin room, saving $400 a month, or you can splash out and treat yourself to a private room. Don’t stress if you don’t know anyone else coming along – meeting new people is the point, and we’ll match you up with a sick roomie.

What you get:

  • Daily travel-writing and blogging workshops with a range of writers, editors and producers from the media industry (Global Hobo, Your Friends House, The ABC, Culture Trip, VICE, Tone Deaf and more). Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash.
  • 30 hours of small-group Japanese language classes with a reputable Tokyo school
  • One month’s accommodation in Japanese-style hotel rooms, complete with WiFi and easy access to public transport.
  • A Japanese cooking class
  • Potential university credit
  • Note that flights are not included! Sorry, but we couldn’t possibly tee up deals with every airline and from every city in the world. That being said, Jetstar is currently offering free returns for Nov/Dec, making your flights half price!


  • $3599 per person to cover twin-share accommodation, language classes, cooking school and writing workshops. If you want your own room, the price will be raised to $3999.
  • Note that this price is in Australian dollars.

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • November 26 – December 23, 2018
  • January 7 – February 3, 2019
  • June 24 – July 21, 2019 

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Tokyo’s weirdness and wonder. The ability to work well in a group is essential.

Do note though that the course is just that: a course. You don’t need to already have a foot in the door of the media industry to apply, nor do you already need to be the best writer. All the skills you’ll need to start sculpting your words like a pro and getting published will be taught as part of the curriculum. In fact, many students often keep working for Global Hobo on a freelance basis once the course is over.

What’s more, if you’re a journalism, media or communications student, enrollment in the program gives you the potential to receive a full subject’s worth of university credit as part of your institution’s Work Integrated Learning Program; however, this will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis upon discussion with your head of department.

If you’d like to read some reviews of our programs from previous hobos, suss our testimonials page. For all terms and conditions associated with our Japan workshops, click here.

To Apply:

It's just a number, but you've gotta be at least 18...
No pressure - total rookies are still welcome to apply.

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