Extremely friendly working environment.
Pros: school lunches, monthly teacher parties, kept schedule, work environment
Cons: different culture, occasional difficulty communicating, very isolated living circumstances
A typical work day was from 8am - 4:45pm. I would walk to school, prepare lessons for the day, prepare advanced lessons for the entire week, and work on any additional details that needed to be done. I would usually teach about 4-5 middle school classes a day. During my time with this company, I really learned how to take on multiple projects at the same time. Although my middle school was my main priority, I also had days where I had to teach Elementary school, as well Adult language classes. My co-workers were exceptionally friendly. It was helpful that I was able to communicate with everyone in Japanese, but overall, the other teachers I met were incredibly accommodating, hospitable, and caring. The hardest part of this job was getting my supervisors to give me my lesson plan requirements several days in advance - there were times when I wouldn't know what I had to teach until day of. Since I usually like to plan and prepare in advance, not having that information until the last minute was very difficult for me. The most enjoyable part of the job was definitely the people - Not only were my coworkers exceptionally friendly, my students were engaging and always willing to learn - they always made me so proud.