Applications are now open for 2018-2019 Kobe PR Ambassadors!
We are looking for non-Japanese people with a passion for Kobe who want to contribute to promoting the city. If you love getting out and about in Kobe, posting on social media, and want to meet new people, we want to hear from you!
The Kobe PR Ambassador scheme aims to give the PR Ambassadors (PRAs) special experiences which they can use to learn about the city and promote to their friends, family and followers online. Take a look through the blog and the 2016-2017 sections of this site to see some of the things the Kobe PR Ambassadors have done over the past couple of years, and get an idea of the posts you will be asked to create about the 5 tours PRAs will be invited to over 2018-2019.
But coming together on tours is not the only part of the PRA scheme- check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to see the posts that the PR Ambassadors create during their daily lives.
If this all appeals to you and you want to apply, carry on reading below!
How to apply
Read the guidelines, and if you agree to them, fill in the application form (in Word (.docx) format or PDF) and send it either via email or by post, along with the following:
1) A copy of both sides of your Residence Card
2) A photo of yourself in .jpg format
3) Screenshots which show the number of friends of any profiles not available for public viewing (where applicable)
4) Screenshots of five recent posts created by you of any profiles not available for public viewing (where applicable)
*Please note, if you are appointed as a Kobe PR Ambassador, you will be asked to make any posts you create for the Kobe PR Ambassador scheme public
By applying to the Kobe PR Ambassador Scheme, it is considered that you have read and agree to the contents of this webpage and the Guidelines, which you must read here before applying.
Where to apply
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Via post: Kobe PR Ambassador Scheme, Kobe City PR Department, 6-5-1 Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570
For enquiries, please see the bottom of this page
From Thursday February 1st 2018, 9:00am until Wednesday February 28th 2018, 5:00pm
Application schedule (Tentative)
・Thursday February 1st 2018, 9:00am until Wednesday February 28th 2018, 5:00pm: Application period
・Early March 2018: Application form screening
・Mid March 2018: Interviews
*We will get in contact with applicants who pass the application form screening to arrange an interview.
・Early April 2018: Final selection and notifications
・Late April 2018: Appointment Ceremony
*The Appointment Ceremony is planned to take place on a weekday in late April.
*Schedule is subject to change
A strict application form screening process will take place, and candidates who pass this stage will be invited to an interview (in English) at City Hall. Please note: Past and current Kobe PR Ambassadors may reapply, and will be subject to the same screening process. Past and current Kobe PR Ambassadors who pass the application form screening will be exempt from the interview stage.
Applicants who do not pass the application form screening will be informed in mid March, and we will inform applicants who attend an interview of the final result around the beginning of April. We cannot provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications. Thank you for your understanding.
Who can apply
・Non-Japanese people aged 20 or over as of April 1st 2018 who live, work or study in Kobe, and who will do so for the duration of the Kobe PR Ambassador year (until March 31st 2019)
・People who can communicate in English (reading, writing, speaking, listening). (Japanese a plus but not necessary. Non-native English speakers are welcome)
・People who post regularly on social media and/or other internet sites (for example Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog, YouTube, podcast etc.)
・People with a passion for Kobe who want to share it with others
・We especially hope to hear from people who love Kobe’s relaxed lifestyle/high quality aspects, for example: the Old Foreign Settlement, Kitano Ijinkan, Kobe-grown foods, fashion, the biomedical and technology industries, coffee, the international flavour of the city, bakeries and cafes, pearls etc.
Day of appointment – March 31st 2019
For queries (Japanese or English): email@example.com or 078-322-5013
Please note, enquiries via email and telephone can only be viewed/taken from 8:45am to 5:30pm on weekdays.