Urgent: Volunteers needed for Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square (3/9)

A message from Timothy Nagaoka, Japanese teacher in Boston Public Schools: 


On Sunday, March 9th from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Copley Square in Boston, I am organizing an event called, “Cranes on the Square @ Copley Square” to commemorate the third anniversary of the Great Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The event will get the public involved in folding paper cranes. I have posted a video on Youtube describing the event:


I have over 30 high school students volunteering in the morning. However, I do not have many volunteers in the afternoon. I am looking for volunteers who are willing to help people fold paper cranes. I am looking for volunteers to help in the following shifts:

Shift 1: 1:00pm-3:00pm
Shift 2: 3:00pm-5:00pm

If you are able to volunteer, please email cranesonthesquare at gmail dot com with your name and the shift that you are volunteering for. Or, if you know someone that may be interested in volunteering, please forward the message to them.

Thank you,

Timothy Nagaoka 

Urgent: non-overnight Homestay hosts needed for 3/15

Showa is looking for people who might be interested in hosting some Japanese students for the day on March 15. There are 9 college kids who will be in town for about 2 weeks but instead of doing a scheduled trip these 9 would rather do a one-day non-overnight homestay here in town.

The students must be in pairs or threes, no singles. Contact Erin Neumann at enaumann at showaboston dot edu or 617-522-0800 ext. 4008 if you are interested.



Translators and Liaisons needed for Anime Boston, 3/21-23

A message from Anime Boston: 
The Guest Relations division at Anime Boston is looking for Japanese-speaking staff to act as liaisons and translators for our special guests! If you or someone you know loves anime, speaks nihongo, and is available to help out, we’d really appreciate it!
This year’s convention will take place at Hynes Convention Center from March 21-23. The staff application can be found at http://www.animeboston.com/staff/staff_listing/.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie at japaneseguests at animeboston dot com. Yoroshiku!

Help wanted during JET interviews

JET Interviews for 2014 are to be held next week on February 19, 20 and 21 at the Consulate in Boston. The Consulate is looking for some people who would be willing to help with the reception area during these days. Duties include:

  • Check-in candidates
  • Ensure all have brought an interview voucher
  • Answer candidate questions about the JET experience
  • Show videos about JET
  • Calm nerves of applicants

Ideally, one would be able to work a full day (9-5ish), but half-day help will be considered. An honorarium of $100 will be given for each full-day of service.

If interested, please contact Susan Gill with the date(s) which would work for you at  (s DOT gill AT bz DOT mofa DOT go DOT jp)  or at 617.973.9772

Fellowship: 2015 Rotary Peace Fellowship

(via JETwit.com)


The Rotary Peace Fellowship is the premier educational program of The Rotary Foundation and supports Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace. It is intended for individuals who have chosen a career related to international relations, peace, and conflict resolution; who have work experience in these areas; and who have a commitment to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. Applicants should consider these objectives carefully before applying. Two types of fellowships are offered: a master’s degree program and professional development certificate program.


  • A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities
  • Excellent leadership skills

Certificate program:

  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience with full-time employment in a mid- to upper-level position
  • Proficiency in English
  • Strong academic background

Master’s degree program:

  • Minimum three years of combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience
  • Proficiency in English and recommended second language proficiency
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent


  • Recipients of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship or a Rotary Peace Fellowship in the professional development certificate program cannot
    apply to the Rotary Peace Fellowship master’s degree program less than three years from completion of scholarship/fellowship.
  •  The professional development certificate program is not available to Rotary Peace Fellows who have completed the master’s degree program.

NOTE: Applications submitted to The Rotary Foundation are required to be in English. Applications are made available on the Rotary Peace Centers home page on the RI website in multiple languages for local Rotary district purposes only.

Are you a peace leader interested in applying? Get the application at www.rotary.org/rotarycenters  or download it at www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/083en.pdf