What we do

Our mission is to promote and support language learning and culture exchange by connecting students and explorers from around the world.

We seek to grow global understanding and appreciation by fostering meaningful connections and friendships considering only the kindness of one's heart.

about what we do

So... what does it mean?

Tomo Arigato (とも ありがとう) is a play on the Japanese words for "friend" and "thank you", combining tomodachi (ともだち) and domo arigato (どうもありがとう).

Initially suggested by the brother of one of our founders, we loved and chose the fun and simple name to represent our mission and goals of international connection, shared language and learning, and cultural exchange.

We hope to help youth and individuals around the globe to find friends from other nationalities and backgrounds, explore their similarities and diversity, and create a richer, more cooperative and understanding global village - one match at a time.

Padraic Dowell holding a toy space shuttle with a huge smile
Product Tester
I like to wear these cool clothes - that's because I'm cool man!
Louisa Dowell
Product Tester
I like to move it, move it
David Dowell
Project Lead & Web Developer
Favorite Pokémon: Gyarados

Our Team

We strive to reflect the same spirit of cooperation, camaraderie, and optimistic outlook represented in our mission statement in our own team and lives.

Tomo Arigato, first and foremost, was based around a passion and set of ideals - for understanding, compassion, and shared curiosity - held by a group of friends pulled together from very different countries and backgrounds. And we've stayed true to that.

Our team continues to grow, and we're excited about what the future holds for our company, and more importantly the students, schools, educators and other curious individuals we help connect from across the globe to you.

Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

Contribute to an amazing global endeavor with far-reaching positive effects, helping to connect school and individuals around the world - while growing valuable experience in international areas such as business and development, working with diverse cultures, personalities, and more.

Join our team and build relationships that will last throughout your career as you help make a real difference in education and global understanding. Our team is currently comprised exclusively of volunteers, with several unpaid internships, with the intention to grow our current roles after site launch.

This page is updated regularly -- apply online with our form, and feel free to reach out with any questions!

Posted 1 August, 2021

Help Tomo Arigato build and develop its social media and web presence, getting the word out about our mission and services, and engaging current and new participants through the use of new facebook, twitter, instagram and other channels you'll build from the ground up!

Required skills: Previous social media management experience or currently a student pursuing a degree in a communications, marketing, or similar.

Posted 1 August, 2021

Join our incredible design team and develop cutting edge front-end layouts, graphics, icons, and more. Use modern technologies to architect a look and feel that both attractive and engaging, while following web and WCAG/AAC accessibility best practices so everyone is free to connect and make new friends.

Required skills: Previous graphic design or similar experience, or a student currently enrolled in a relevant program.

Posted 1 August, 2021

Are you a friendly, people person interested in sharing your knowledge and engaging in conversation with an international-oriented audience? Can you provide helpful instructions while also gathering valuable feedback to help us improve our services in a continual testing environment? Join us as a customer relations advocate and help build the next great global interaction platform.

Required skills: Previous customer relations or end-user client testing experience, or currently a student in a relevant discipline. Friendly and professional demeanor.

Join us and discover a bigger world!

Select your role below to learn more about how to get started.

We welcome your feedback and would love to hear from you - whether it be feature suggestions, interest in joining and working with our team, or anything! Just reach out using our contact form. We'll get back to you soon!

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