Japan

Are you a wannabe freelance writer or an aspiring travel journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, being mentored by working editors and journalists and getting real-world writing experience?

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 Tokyo guidebook in teams.

Learn what you don’t get taught at uni

The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between writing privately or having your own blog and entering the workforce as a freelancer or starting your own publication. 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 through your school’s work-integrated learning program. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, we’ll teach you everything you need to know. We cater to all ability levels, and though experience helps, it’s not at all necessary

Accommodation is, of course, included, and will be in shared rooms in two funky houses: one in Arakawa, and the other in Kuramae – just 30 minutes by train from the centre. Both are run by lovely Japanese families who will make you feel right at home the second you step in the door. Don’t stress if you don’t know anyone else coming along, because meeting new people is the point, and we’ll match you up with some sick roomies. Your writing and language classes will be held between Shinjuku, and Ueno.

What you get:

  • Daily travel-writing and blogging workshops with a range of writers, editors and producers from the media industry (Global Hobo, New Matilda, Your Friends House, The Guardian, triple j, 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 and cultural classes with a reputable Tokyo school
  • One month’s accommodation complete with a kitchen, WiFi and easy access to public transport.
  • A multi-course 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.

Cost:

  • $3450 per person to cover shared accommodation, language classes, cooking school and writing workshops.
  • Note that this price is in Australian dollars.

Upcoming Program Dates:

  • January 13 – February 9, 2020
  • June 22 – July 19, 2020 (This program will be on the move, with 14 days in Tokyo and 14 days in the alpine town of Hakuba — a dreamy summer roadtrip. Transport will also be included and the total cost will be $3950AUD. Read more about it here).

Japan Summer Roadtrip, June – July 2020

From the city to the mountains, spend two weeks exploring bustling Tokyo, and anther two frolicking in the glorious alpine village of Hakuba. Accommodation and return transport to Tokyo included.

Learn More

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.

Travel respectfully and sustainably

We’re passionate about sharing stories that tell more than one narrative about a place or issue, encourage a diversity of voices and open up important discussions about culture, identity, politics, class and travel. We’re also determined to encourage a culturally relative approach to travel, which is why we make language classes a compulsory element of the course, and also partake in cultural activities. What’s more, a percentage of each workshop sold goes directly towards sending skilled volunteers to Chios in Greece. Not everyone has the privilege of travelling for pleasure, and right now, thousands of refugees are displaced from their home countries due to conflict or persecution while they await processing. If you’d like to know more about this project, here.

Get Uni Credit

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. So far, we’ve had students from RMIT, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University, Griffith University, La Trobe University, UNSW, QUT, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and more receive credit, as well as those attending schools in New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

.

FAQ

  • This looks kind of scammy — I’d like to read some reviews of the program from previous hobos!
  • I want to know some more information about the program!
  • What do some of the previous guidebooks look like?
    • Check out some gold whipped up by our former spunky interns here.
  • What are your terms and conditions?

To Apply:

Give us your calling code too so we can text you if you get in!
It's just a number, but you've gotta be at least 18...
Town/City, Country
No pressure - total rookies are still welcome to apply.
This has no impact on your application -- we just wanna know so we can stream the language classes properly.

Is a month in Bali scooting around rice paddies, exploring lush beaches and hiking volcanoes at dawn more up your alley? Come do our writing workshops in Canggu instead.

Learn More

Would you prefer to learn Spanish, munch on tapas and party till the sun comes up in cosmopolitan Barcelona? Head to Spain and do a writing workshop with us in European summer .

Learn More