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Fellowship - Brian Kane Fellowship

Brian Kane


The Brian Kane Fellowship employs bilingual Japanese and English speakers to work in Kiyosato, a ruralvillage located in Takane township of Yamanashi prefecture’s Yatsugatake region. Started in 1976 as a volunteer opportunity to serve the needs of KEEP (Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project), the BKF program grew to fulltime, paid staff positions. KEEP is a Christian-based, service oriented, not-for-profit organization dedicated to servingthe local and worldwide community. The BKF program hires four BKFs (Brian Kane Fellows) annually. Fellows join KEEP staff in the International Relations Department, facing varied and challenging work.


Serving the local and world community with other KEEP staff by:

Teaching English at all levels from nursery school through adult (both in team-teaching and solo-teaching formats).
Creating and executing new and continuing intercultural understanding programs for local communities.
Developing and participating in outreach events in the local community such as international film screenings and discussions.
Assisting with Sister Region exchanges between Madison County, Kentucky and the Yatsugatake Region and at KEEP’s annual County Fair.
Joining other periodic international outreach programs, such as community development work in the Philippines.

Working full-time (40-45 hours per week) as a salaried employee in the International Relations Department. This is an opportunity to learn about Japanese office protocol and customs. BKFs are expected to integrate into the traditional Japanese work atmosphere at KEEP.
Translating documents and occasionally interpreting for guests (both English to Japanese and Japanese to English).
Working with departments throughout the organization to execute programs.
BKFs teach English in a variety of settings. An applicant should:

Be a native speaker of English
Enjoy working with children and teaching adults
Have experience teaching English to non-native speakers (desirable, but not required)
BKFs live in a rural, mountain area of Japan. An applicant should:

Have previous experience living in Japan (very desirable, but not required)
Have proficiency in the Japanese language: speaking, reading, and writing
Qualify for an international driver’s license and be comfortable driving on rural mountain roads
Be comfortable working in KEEP’s head office when not teaching or conducting programs in the community.

Be independent, reliable, self-motivated, flexible, tactful, and sensitive to cultural differences
Be able to work within Japanese office protocols and procedures
Have patience for a collaborative work atmosphere and an attention to detail
Have a bachelor’s degree by June 2005
Be able to attend a training program in early summer 2005 and depart for Japan in late summer


Salary and Benefits
¥250,000 monthly stipend, less deductions for taxes and insurance of less than ¥40,000/month
Standard Japanese health insurance provided
Housing provided: private room and phone line (basic furniture furnished) in same-sex dormitory building with shared bathroom and kitchen
Use of company car with all business related expenses covered
One round-trip economy airplane ticket and modest shipping allowance
Meals are available in a staff cafeteria



Completed application

Applicants should send all of the following materials to the ACK office:

Completed application form
Two page (8.5"x 11"), double-spaced essay in English, explaining what you hope to accomplish at KEEP
400-600 character self-introduction essay, hand-written in Japanese
Photograph (passport size, head shot)
Official college transcript
Contact information for three references
For an informational packet and application, please call the ACK office at 1-800-368-5337, or e-mail us:

If you think you would like to work with the KEEP team, consider the Brian Kane Fellowship program. Telephone and/or email inquiries are welcome. Applications should be directed to:

The American Committee for KEEP, Inc. 825 Green Bay Road, Suite 122 · Wilmette, IL 60091-2500
Tel: (847) 853-2501 · Toll Free: 1-800-368-KEEP · Fax: (847) 853-8901
Contact us by email at
Please explore our home pages at (English), and (Japanese) for more information.

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