Our friends at Global Hobo are on the hunt for a team of aspiring writers and journalists to live, work and study in one of the world’s coolest capitals for a month.

Over the course of four weeks, you’ll be living and breathing all of Tokyo’s quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, you’ll will be writing your butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams. It’s also snow season, which means when you’re not sipping ramen and singing karaoke on the weekends, you can hit the slopes and get balls deep in powder.

Global Hobo has expertly designed the writing course to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity.


If you’re a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If you’re already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subject’s credit. And if you’re not studying and you’re just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.

You’ll be living in Yanesen – one of the cutest and oldest (and safest!) parts of Tokyo just 25 minutes by train from the centre. Accommodation will be Japanese-style hotel rooms: tatami mats, futons and all, just down the road from a traditional bathhouse. Your writing and language classes will be held between colourful Shinjuku and the polished business district of Ginza, a hop away from Tokyo’s famous fish markets (hellooOoo fresh sushi).

Space in Japan’s capital is a limited and expensive commodity (which maybe explains dog cafes), so we’ve prepared a choice between two living options depending on your stinginess. You can either bunk with a fellow hobo in a twin room, or you can splash out and treat yourself to a private room.

Don’t stress if you don’t know anyone else coming along – meeting new people is the point, and Global Hobo will match you up with a sick roomie.


What you get

  • Daily travel-writing and blogging workshops with a range of passionate young people who work in the media industry (writers and editors from publications like Global Hobo, VICE, the ABC, Culture Trip, Your Friend’s House, Penthouse, Tone Deaf and more). Think travel-narrative writing, pitching to editors, building a brand and working as a freelancer on the road in exchange for sweet, sweet cash
  • 30 hours of small-group Japanese language classes with a reputable Tokyo school
  • One month’s accommodation in a Japanese-style hotel, complete with WiFi and easy access to public transport
  • Membership at coworking spaces Hapon Shinjuku and Ginza Hub
  • A Japanese cooking class
  • Potential university credit (eligible universities have so far included UQ, QUT, UoW, UNSW, Charles Sturt University, La Trobe, RMIT and a bunch more.


$3450AUD per person to cover twin-share accommodation, language classes, cooking school, writing workshops, and co-working space membership. If you want your own room, the price will be raised to $3850.

Upcoming dates

November 27 – December 24, 2017 (last class December 21) – 15 places left!

January 8 – February 4, 2018 – 20 places left!

To apply

Successful applicants will be intelligent, open-minded creatives looking for some real-world journalism experience and to get a taste of Tokyo’s weirdness and wonder. The ability to work well in a group is essential. Do note though that the course is just that: a course. You don’t need to already have a foot in the door of the media industry to apply, nor do you already need to be the best writer. All the skills you’ll need to start sculpting your words like a pro and getting published will be taught as part of the curriculum. In fact, many students often keep working for Global Hobo on a freelance basis once the course is over.

If you’d like to read some reviews of the programs from previous students, you can suss Global Hobo’s testimonials page. And if you’d like to apply, you can fill out an application form on their website here (scroll all the way to the bottom!) or send an email with a funky cover letter to the editor, Gemma, at internships@globalhobo.com.au.

Good luck!

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