Teach in Japan - Family Transition

by Kambra
(Chicago, IL)

Teach in Japan - Family Transition

My Fiance and I are very interested in teaching English in Japan. We have a two year old daughter and our biggest concern is maintaining a comfortable lifestyle for her. We currently live in Chicago, I have a BA from Indiana University and my fiance has a Masters in Public Administration from DePaul as well as a BS from Indiana University. We both have a huge desire to see the world (Especially Japan). Do you have any suggestions as far as which teaching programs/jobs are most family friendly?

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by: Kevin Burns

My wife and I are in our late 40s and we have been
raising our kids for the past 15 years. Trust me,
your daughter will be the least of your worries. She will adjust much better than her parents. Kids are great that way. Just get her into one of the may great kindergartens.

She will be speaking Japanese fluently before either of you! I know! Been through that three
times now!

Family friendly jobs?

To me the key is making sure either that one of you
is home for your daughter when the other isn`t, or
making sure your daughter is cared for well by
a dacycare or kindergarten.

Again I think as long as you are careful when you
choose a caregiver for you daughter, he life will be great! Just check out the reputation of
whichever kindergarten or caregiver you choose well.

After that, it really depends on what kind of
work-teaching you want to do in Japan. Best to
check out the employment ads, the lists of schools, and the descriptions of universities here to learn what it is like to work at each and get a feel for what teaching at various places in Japan is like.

With an MA, most universities will hire you, with
a BA, connections and a lot of teaching experience, a few universities will hire you.
The YMCA is a good school. ECC is not bad and the
best of the BIG ones. You may want to find a small Mom and Pop owned school as they seem the friendliest and most caring about everyone.

I hope this helps!

Good luck, and don`t worry too much about your daughter, I worry more about you and your wife.


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