Japanese Culture Through Teaching
in the work place
in the classroom
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Amity teachers are provided with a rent-subsidized, single occupancy apartment furnished to Japanese standards. Amity takes care of all key money and deposits so that the teachers can move in upon arriving at the branch school. Teachers are encouraged to make the apartment their home-away-from-home in Japan!
Amity apartments are similar to studio style apartments in North America. Though no two apartments are alike, each apartment includes a private kitchen and washroom as well as a washing machine. The apartment comes stocked with dishes and cookware and other standard amenities. Teachers receive bedding including a futon, pillow and blankets.
Apartments are typically located in residential areas close to supermarkets, restaurants, convenience stores, the train station, and of course Amity! The majority of Native English Teachers commute to work on foot and have access to gyms, shopping malls, bookstores and cinemas near their homes. There are no Amity dorms; therefore, the neighbors are local Japanese citizens living and working in the area.
Tips For Living In Japan
Living and working in another country where you may not speak the language requires patience and a large degree of independence. Amity provides support to its Native English Teachers for any element related to being an employee such as opening a bank account, enrolling in health insurance, and paying rent and taxes. Native English Teachers are encouraged to take on other personal responsibilities as part of the experience of living abroad.
Health And Fitness
The pace of life in Japan is fast and working with children every day is as equally rewarding as it is exhausting. Native English Teachers should adopt the same practices for strong physical and emotional health in Japan that they do in their home countries.
Most cities have fitness gyms, health clubs and sports centers that offer a variety of services including aerobics, yoga, and strength training. Community Centers may also provide access to local swimming pools, tennis courts, and gyms. Skiing and snowboarding are popular in Japan, with equipment and ski clothing for rent at most ski resorts.
Sending Money Home
Native English Teachers may have financial obligations in their home country. It is the teacher’s responsibility to make arrangements for these obligations. Amity recommends overseas remittance services for fast, efficient and inexpensive means for sending money home.
Learning useful Japanese helps ease the transition to living and working in Japan. Most cities have an International Center or Culture Center that offer language classes. These range from group lesson to private lessons and vary in cost.
Cellphones And Internet
Setting up internet at the apartment does require time and patience. DSL service is the most popular but can take up to 2 months to be installed. In the meantime, Native English Teachers often visit local internet cafes that offer service by the hour.