Global Seed: Opportunity for High School Students!

Jobs & Volunteer Opportunities
Preteens, Teens, Young Adults


As part of the UC Berkeley TOMODACHI SoftBank Leadership Program, come share American culture, English language and the excitement of the Bay Area with Japanese high school students! Founded in 2012, the program brings high school age victims of the Japanese 2011 earthquake and tsunami to UC Berkeley for training in rebuilding their communities. Now in its eighth year, graduates of the program have made significant contributions in a wide range of areas from social work to business. Please support these students and make a friend for life!

What does a mentor do? American high school and college students are invited to attend social events and workshop activities to casually interact with our Japanese students. A high Japanese: American ratio ensures that the Japanese students are personally introduced to American culture. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Participate in and provide leadership to Japanese students during activities.
  • Share cultural experiences with students.
  • Assist students with conversational English.
  • Help TOMODACHI staff manage students during activities and field trips.
  • Attend the Mentor orientation and scheduled Mentor meetings.

Recognition & Support: This is an ideal opportunity to participate in a unique cultural exchange opportunity, gain leadership skills, share knowledge of American culture, and meet international teens. Active mentors will receive a certificate of participation.Credit for community service hours may be available. Qualified mentors are eligible for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. 

Schedule: The program runs from July 20-August 8, 2019 at UC Berkeley plus activities and field trips around the Bay Area.

Time Commitment: Flexible! How much do you want to do? Schedule of events and options will be provided to mentors.

For more information,  please apply at Contact us at tomodachimentors [at] ()

David Beiser
tomodachimentors [at]