September Training Day for Volunteers

Taken from Japan Foundation website

Friday, September 21st 2012

The Japan Foundation, London

The next Volunteer Training Day for our Japanese Taster for Schools (JTS) Programme will take place on Friday, September 21st 2012.

Our regular Training Days at our London office are a great opportunity to meet other volunteers, get teaching ideas, and ask any questions you may have.  We ask our volunteers who live within travelling distance to London to attend at least one Training Day before making a school visit, in order to get a full understanding of the JTS Programme.  Those who are not yet members of JTS but are interested in joining are also welcome to sign up for the training day.  You can read about our last Training Day, held in May 2012, here.

The day will begin with an induction for new attendees at 12:30 (registration starts from 12:15). Those who have been to a JTS Training Day before may attend from 13:00.  You can find a provisional timetable of the event below.

How to apply

To register, please click here to use our online application form.

The registration form uses Google Documents and is subject to Google’s standard terms and conditions of use. Alternatively, you may register by downloading and printing the PDF application form below, completing it by hand and sending it to the Japan Foundation by email, fax or post. Please note that your application may take slightly longer to process via this method.

If you are not yet a member of JTS, please click here for more information about the programme and to complete a membership application form.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 19th. Please note that this is event is free, but prior booking is essential.  Attendees who arrive without booking, including those accompanying attendees who have booked, may be denied entry.

For more information about the JTS programme, please click here.

Click here to apply for our September 2012 Training Day

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East London Tour Guide for the 2012 Olympics

In preparation for the Olympic games in 2012 this training course/module might appeal to you.

Train as an East London tour guide in time for the 2012 Olympics.

Birkbeck, University of London is to offer a new module on East London tour guiding in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

The ten-week course has been officially endorsed by the five Olympic Boroughs, and will be held at the Museum of London in Docklands and the Bishopsgate Institute on Tuesday afternoons, starting on Tuesday 4 October. It is designed to give students hands-on training in guiding, together with an introduction to the history of East London.

The course is run by John Finn and Chris Everett, who each have ten years’ experience as badged guides and who regularly work for both the Museum of London and the London Metropolitan Archives. As well as learning practical skills, such as how to construct a walk and carry out research, students will visit sites such as West India Dock and Olympic Stratford, and learn about key phases in East London’s history, such as the Roman era, the Huguenot immigration and the Second World War. The tutors will discuss how the city has been shaped by migration and settlement from the 1880s to the present day, and examine the area’s radical past, taking in such seminal events as the Match Girls’ Strike, the Docks Strike, and the activities of the Anarchists, Suffragettes and Socialists.

At the end of the ten weeks, students will undertake a short practical exam and a presentation (with a 2,500 word research portfolio). Completion of this module qualifies the student for 15 CATS points, which are credit points recognised by Birkbeck, the Open University and the University of East London. CATS points in this and further programmes of study in London history can contribute to the equivalent of the first year of an undergraduate degree.

The cost of this module is as little as £115 for applicants who qualify for concessionary rates. A limited number of full bursaries are also available for students who have no previous higher education degree or who are in receipt of state benefit.

For further information on how to enrol contact Mike Berlin at Birkbeck on m.berlin@bbk.ac.uk or 020 7631 6647