How to apply

ARI is looking for grassroots rural leaders, who are living and working with their people in their rural communities. We are seeking local leaders who have demonstrated through their actions their commitment to serve their people and act as conduits for positive change within their own communities.

We place emphasis on reaching the most margin-alized, poor, and oppressed peoples, such as women, tribal minorities, and those of low castes or so-called untouchables. We follow the ideal that all people are equal in God’s eyes and all are welcome regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, sex, age, or profession, as long as they are willing to share in ARI’s vision. In the past we have trained clergy and church leaders, agricultural trainers, community and village leaders, NGO personnel, teachers, orphan-age staff, and many more.

To make the most of the ARI experiential learning process, you should be ready to take initiative, challenge yourself, and assume responsibility while at the same time exercising flexibility and self discipline.

How to apply to the ARI Training Program

Anyone interested in taking part in the ARI Rural Leaders Training Program must be employed or actively involved in an organization that will serve as her/his Sending Body (SB). ARI views SBs as partners in a common mission – to build an environmentally healthy, just, and peaceful world. In order to form a productive partnership, it is essential to begin with a mutual understanding of each other’s work and mission. SBs must thus, select a “SB representative” – this is typically the head of the organization—who nominates an individual from their organization for the training. The SB representative must carefully note which criteria the nominee must meet in order to qualify for the training (Read: Individual Applicant Qualifications) ARI maintains contact with the SB representative throughout the application process, the training, and continues communication even after the graduate’s return to their community.

STEP 1 :

The Sending Body representative fills the ARI application form. Upon approval of the application, the organization will be registered as a potential Sending Body.

SB Qualifications

a) The organization may be an international, national, local NGO, religious organization, or other organization based in a rural area.

b) A clear history of working for at least 3 years with marginalized people in the local community.

c) A commitment toward sustainability.

d) Single church organizations should apply through their regional association or Diocesan authority.

e) Government offices or departments are normally not considered as Sending Bodies. Exceptions are made for countries without NGOs or church organizations.

f) ARI does not promote church planting evangelism, large-scale agriculture, and industrial development, and will not consider organizations with these goals.

SB Application Materials

Please carefully review the information about ARI’s mission and training so that your organization has a good understanding of what to expect and submit the following information to ARI:

(1) Organization Profile

(2) Detailed answers to the “Six Questions”

(3) Informational materials about your organization, such as brochures, annual reports, and project descriptions

(4) Financial statements, such as recent details of income, expenditures, assets, liabilities, and capital

(5) Organization Chart listing the names and positions of your organization’s officers, management, staff, and volunteers, in order of responsibility

(6) NGO Registration Certificate from the government of your country (if applicable)

(7) Map of your region showing work areas and office location

You can find the above instructions, “Six Questions,” and the SB Application in our Admissions Brochure, click here to download the PDF.

Where to Submit

Please submit the Sending Body Application Materials to the Admissions Coordinator, Ms. Manosi Abe Chatterjee at
The deadline for Sending Body Applications is June 30th.

Reviewing the Sending Body application may take a few weeks or longer. During this process we will contact you to ask some additional questions. If the information received is insufficient, we may ask you to further clarify.

STEP 2 : Apply for the Training (Individual Application)

Upon approval of the Sending Body registration, we will provide an official ARI Individual Application (IA) form for the nominated individual from your organization. This applicant must fill out the IA form.

Individual Applicant Qualifications

(1) The Applicant should be a woman or a man dedicated to serving people at the grassroots level in rural areas.

(2) ARI places high priority on the training of women, that they may participate more fully and equally in all aspects of society. We strongly encourage the SB to select qualified women leaders to apply for this training program.

(3) The Applicant must have at least 3 years of experience as a leader in her/his rural community.

(4) ARI accepts overseas applicants between the ages of 25 to 45. The Applicant must be prepared to live a simple and demanding life. Daily manual labor on the farm and campus is a requirement for all community members, therefore the applicant must be of good physical fitness and health.

(5) The Applicant must be nominated by a Sending Body (SB) – a specific organization within which she/he is carrying out her/his work. The Applicant together with the SB must be able to provide a clear objective or plan for use of this training and the SB must pledge to receive the applicant upon completion of this program.

(6) Preference is placed on field staff who are working directly with the people. Those working primarily in administration or in the directorship position will not be considered.

(7) The Applicant should have a motivation and conviction which is grounded in spirituality. We welcome people of all faiths as well as those without any particular religion.

(8) English is used for all program events as well as in daily life. The Applicant should have sufficient ability to communicate in English. There is no need to learn Japanese.

Individual Application Materials

Complete the Individual Application form provided by ARI Admissions. The deadline for submission of this application and all supporting materials is July 31st.
ARI conducts screening from August to September. You will be notified of the results in October.

The training program begins in April of the following year.

If you are interesting in determining if ARI Training can help someone in your organization, click on the ARI school guide below and see if ARI will meet your needs. We welcome your interest.

School Guide