Ashinaga is a Japanese Foundation based in Tokyo. It aims at providing financial support and emotional care to young people around the world who have lost either one or both parents. With a history of more than 55 years, its support has enabled more than 110,000 orphaned students to gain access to higher education.
The Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) aims to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to international higher education. AAI Scholars are students who have lost one or both parents and are committed to returning home, or to the region of Sub-Saharan Africa, to initiate change, innovation, and development.
Interns working at Ashinaga Senegal have the unique opportunity to teach and mentor around 20 talented students, each from a different country of Sub-Saharan Africa. These students are ambitious high school graduates, selected by Ashinaga to receive a full scholarship for an undergraduate degree abroad.
Depending on their country of origin, selected students will spend a preparatory year in one of Ashinaga’s regional offices:
In Senegal for French speaking students who will study in France or those who will study in English.
In Uganda for English speaking and Portuguese-speaking students.
This preparatory year has three main objectives:
Preparation for higher education abroad
Life abroad preparation
These objectives will be achieved through two Camps: the six-month Study Camp (July to December 2021), which focuses on strengthening the students’ academic skills, preparation for university applications and the improvement of their leadership skills. And through the Preparatory Camp (see information below).
In Senegal, three linguistic tracks are available:
Francophone track for studying in France.
Anglophone track for studying in English in Japan (there is a possibility that a small number of francophone students will go on to study in the UK or the USA).
Japanese track for studying in Japanese in Japan.
Between the two Camps, the students go back to their country of origin before returning to Senegal to participate in a second two-month Preparatory Camp (May-June 2022). This will focus on the practical aspects of living and studying abroad while further strengthening the students’ academic and leadership skills.
We are looking for interns to teach specific subjects related to our Anglophone track students’ studies and more general university skills, preparation for English language tests such as IELTS as well as offer support with university applications (support with CV, cover letters and applications).
6-month duration: July 1st to December 17th, 2021 (for Anglophone track interns).
If you are more interested in teaching in French, please follow the Jotform link for our francophone internship program at the bottom of this page.
Covid-19 sanitary crisis:
Please note that the dates are subject to change depending on the sanitary situation and entry regulations in Senegal. If Ashinaga decides that the Study Camp should be done online, the internship could be done remotely.