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Asian Rural Institute Summer Internship

Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan

Japan VisitDuration: ~May 20 – ~August 1, 2019*

Costs: Funding is available. Please inquire about costs at the WC Peace Resource Center.

(Sightseeing, travel within Japan, personal items to be funded out of pocket).

*Dates depend on flight arrangements and exact arrangements with ARI in spring 2020.


Thank you for your interest in interning with Asian Rural Institute in Tochigi, Japan—a global sustainable agricultural community that is run through integrated organic farming techniques, community building, and servant leadership. It is community based, and hands-on learning is emphasized in all areas. Working together ARI grows and shares its food.

The Asian Rural Institute is a non-profit educational organization, officially registered as a Senmon Gakko (専門学校) by the prefecture of Tochigi, Japan. Its educational methods, however, are quite different from what one might find at a traditional school, college, or university. . . . Much of the learning takes place through the simple acts of living in community, working on an organic farm, and sharing food.

“The Asian Rural Institute is an astonishing place. People come here from all over the world and settle down together to live and create a learning community for a year of sometimes wrenching personal growth. We work together to grow our own food: the grains, vegetables, livestock and fish that we cook and eat together in our dining hall. We work together to create learning and as our mission statement says “study the best ways for rural people to share and enhance resources and abilities for the common good.” The people who come here each year to participate in the training course come from some of the most isolated, deprived, war-torn and desperate places on Earth. They come because they are motivated by a dream to serve their people; a dream of learning to build a better life with enough food, a strong, healthy family, a supportive community, and a voice in determining their own futures.” -Nancy Molin Former missionary to ARI

Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

At ARI, interns support the work of global participants who have traveled to ARI from around the world to study in a nine month rural leadership program. Interns work with rural leaders in training to carry out organic farming methods, to care for livestock, and to participate in the work of the community as a whole. Through the internship, interns learn specific skills in organic farming, and they gain a global

perspective in building formative relationships with individuals throughout the world in a multi-cultural environment.

If you are interested in interning with ARI in summer 2020, contact Tanya Maus at the Peace Resource Center (