Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I really need to pay to get an internship in Korea or Japan?
Owing to the difficult job market, good internships are a commodity that interns are willing to pay for. Interns actually do pay in order to acquire valuable experience at a company. As to whether an intern necessarily has to pay in order to acquire an internship is another question. Some interns do get paid to work, but these opportunities often depend on the economic climate, the particular industry, the particular company, personal networking, the exceptional qualifications of a candidate, and more. South Korea and Japan are relatively closed societies compared to Western countries, where non-global companies do not have an internship culture. The language barrier may be the least of your obstacles; knowing who to contact and other informational resources are not readily available, especially to foreigners. Left to your own resources, you would have to do a lot of research and translating to reach your goal. Our agency provides you a service to have your resume be considered by employers, but it would ultimately be up to the employer to deem you qualified for the internship, with or without pay.
Here is a news article regarding the trend of students paying for their internships: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/business/09intern.html?_r=3&
1. What hotel accommodations does the tour provide?
If desired, we can arrange our visitors with accommodations varying from hotels to traditional Hanok houses (in Korea) and stays at Temples.
2. What sites does the tour cover?
Please browse through any of our program schedules under “Study & Travel” & “Explore Trends”
3. What expenses are covered by the tour price?
Our summer programs have everything included: lunch and dinner, accommodation, transportation, admissions. Our other programs vary and some may not provide meals, certain transportation costs, or accomodations. We do offer a la carte to add services to certain items.
4. What else should I consider?
We do not hold contracts with areas that shopping is available. Shopping is all at the visitor’s discretion and we do not encourage the purchase of anything.
5. How safe is it for tourists?
Japan and South Korea are commonly regarded as relatively safe countries. We do our best to keep our guests as safe as possible and encourage everyone to be vigilant about their belongings, despite the safety. We also require our guests to all carry international travel insurance.
6. What travel documents should I bring?
Make sure you have a passport that is valid 6 months from the date you leave the foreign country back to your home country. Carry your passport wherever you go because it is necessary to enter certain facilities. Also, make sure you gain a proper visa to enter the country for the time you require. Please refer to the following regarding Visa Exemption Agreements: for Korea, please check here. For Japan, please check here. Lastly, make sure you have your travel insurance on you at all times.
7. How should I prepare my belongings?
In the summer be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses to protect your eyes from the UV rays, and sunscreen lotion to protect your skin from the sun. Dress is casual. In the winter time prepare heavy winter coats to block weather that will go below 0 degrees Celsius, particularly in Korea and certain regions in Japan.
8. How are roommates assigned?
If you are traveling alone, you will not have a roommate. If you travel with others, we will by default arrange roommates of the same gender. Should you decide to room by yourself or have any special needs, please let us know.
9. What is the weather like?
In Tokyo Japan, during January the average temperature is between 2C and 10C. In Tokyo Japan, during April the average temperature is between 11C and 18C. In Tokyo Japan, during July the average temperature is between 23C and 29C. In Tokyo Japan, during October the average temperature is between 15C and 22C. In Seoul Korea, during January the average temperature is between-8C and -4C. In Seoul, Korea, during April the average temperature is between 6C and 16C. In Seoul, Korea, during July the average temperature is between 22C and 28C. In Seoul, Korea, during October the average temperature is between 9C and 19C.
10. What do I do about contacting home for emergencies?
You may call home directly from designated hotels. Some hotels have public computers available with internet connections. WiFi is usually available at most cafes in major cities such as Seoul. We do recommend bringing a pre-paid international calling card if you plan on calling with a cell phone frequently.