Zeineb S. (Intern, Austrian, 2019)

Zeineb S.
Internship Program: Unpaid Internship
Company/Type: Sunnyside Nursery & Preschool
Nationality: Austrian

Zeineb from Austria talks about her internship at Sunnyside nursery in Fukuoka.

Why do you like Japan?
I am very interested in the Japanese culture. It is completely different from what I am used to, so learning about these differences is very enjoyable. The nature also fascinates me a lot, and Japan is such a nice and peaceful country in my opinion.

How do you like Fukuoka and what do you recommend others to do here?
From what I have seen so far, I really like Fukuoka. My recommendations are to try the local food, Hakata Ramen is the city’s specialty, and visiting Itoshima. Itoshima has a great seaside with beautiful beaches and the oysters are so delicious.

Why did you choose Asahi School?
I organized my trip with the help of an agency, who introduced the school to me.

Why have you decided to do your internship in Japan?
It has been my dream to go to Japan and actually work here. I read so much about Japanese work life and wanted to experience it myself.

How long is the internship? What are your working hours?
I am doing this internship for 3 months. My work schedule is 5 days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

What are your main tasks at Sunnyside?
I help with the day-to-day work like looking after the children, playing with them, and making sure they feel comfortable. I also teach them very basic English as an introduction to the language.

What do you like the most about your internship?
Working with the children is what I definitely enjoy the most. I like the human interaction and helping the children develop their skills and minds.

Were there any (cultural) problems?
There were no real problems. I felt welcome from the very start.

Do you have any advice for people who want to do an internship in Japan?
Learning about the culture beforehand makes everything a lot easier because you know what to expect and can adapt yourself if necessary. Picking up some Japanese through self-study or in a language course also helps with your daily life and talking to others.

Program: Unpaid Internship