Working in Japan as an ALT with a girlfriend
January 10, 2013 5:36 PM Subscribe
Hi people with ALT experience, finding work in Japan sure is tough. Finding work with your girlfriend? Much harder.
Where should a pair of people go to teach English in Japan? We are spending our time trying to get anywhere we can (We hear being near a city increases our happiness), however, we have been rooting for a position in Nagoya, Kanagawa as a close second. We keep hitting dead ends and are getting desperate. It looks like at this rate, we are going to save up $2,000 a piece and take a plane there in mid-april, 3 months from now, hopefully finding work in the 90 days we are legally allowed there.
posted by Nighthawk3729 to travel & transportation around Japan (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm wondering if I can work as a prep cook while she teaches ESL, that would make me happy, albeit, a bit short of a visa. This is of course, aside from the trouble of finding work that is not ESL.
The people of Metafilter have helped so much in the past, acting as thoughtful guides to some of my difficult questions, I thank you guys again in advance for the amazing few that shine through and give us some concrete information that will help us to get this dream off the ground. One too many unanswered emails and failed interviews (with ending locations uncertain) has taken it's toll. We have tapped out our job hunting resources and are bewildered, help.
I am well aware of Gajinpot, Ohayo sensei and Dave's ESL Cafe. I've emailed many schools personally to try and find work. Mind you, this is just for one person. Recently, my girlfriend and I have begun combining our efforts to and our emails, making it clear that we are looking to live together even if we have to travel in opposite directions for over an hour. We are getting the same results.
The past month and a half has been the early part of the hiring process, where are these jobs?!
I have been working on my Japanese and understand Hiragana now much faster, I've also switched over to grammer and common phrases with a great degree of understanding. My girlfriend is at a much higher level then me and has been helping me.