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  • FROM OUR STAFF

    • Yamaguchi isn’t too big or too small; the weather doesn’t get too hot or too cold. I’ve met a lot of nice people. It fits what I had in mind as a place I wanted to work and live. This area is famous for hot springs. I’ve really enjoyed the footbaths (ashi-yu). It was a mini adventure trying to find the location of all of them. My apartment is centrally located so it’s pretty easy to get around. There are three grocery stores, four convenience stores, two small post offices, quite a few dry cleaners and laundromats. I’m also within walking distance of the train station. I take Japanese lessons, play soccer and volleyball. I also take a bus tour annually to different parts of the prefecture. My Japanese teacher usually tells me information about sightseeing events or day trips. My co-worker (another foreign teacher) helped me set up my Japanese lessons and my students have also told me about events when they know I’m interested in them.
      Reshia Jamison
      (United States)
      Yamaguchi School
    • I work at Ikebukuro School, one of the biggest AEON branch schools. As the manager, my most important job is to help students achieve their English goals. My duties include making business plans to meet financial targets every month, scheduling classes and helping to improve the students’ English even though I don’t actually teach classes. We believe that teachers are the most important assets to AEON schools. It is impossible to run the school without teachers, so we do our best to help new teachers become comfortable not only teaching, but living in Japan. We help them to meet school expectations as quickly and easily as possible. Enhancing students’ satisfaction is vital to make successful schools. But at the same time, increasing school staff satisfaction is also meaningful.
      Yuko Yamagiwa
      (Japan)
      Manager, Ikebukuro School
    • The city of Sendai is the biggest city in the Tohoku area, and Sendai Ekimae School is the biggest English Conversation school in this region. Many students commute a long way from nearby prefectures for work and school in Sendai, but at the same time, there are also many students who live nearby that come to AEON just as their hobby. Our students come from various backgrounds and study for various reasons. Recently, more and more students are studying English for business. By interacting with the students, the teacher can learn more about Japan, and grow as a person. Therefore, a teacher who can be flexible to each student’s expectations and needs would be successful. AEON welcomes people that can work in a team, are friendly and outgoing, and take on the responsibility of teaching their students to the fullest.
      Miki Nagashiba
      (Japan)
      Manager, Sendai Ekimae School
    • My apartment is conveniently located. I live right between the two major train lines and the grocery store, bank, post office and dry cleaners are all within a 10 minute walk from my apartment. They are also located close to the school so during lunch it is pretty easy to run a couple of errands if I need to. Twice a week I take a Japanese lesson before I go to work. I have a really great teacher who I found on a website that offers the services of different teachers in your area. My apartment is small but it has enough space for one person. It has most of the modern conveniences that you would expect to find in a basic Western-style apartment with the exception of a dryer. If you like to cook, the kitchen might be small but it is manageable. I manage to cook most of my meals for the week in my kitchen. My apartment is loft style so I feel as if I have a little more space. My first friends in Japan were my training group. Training was an experience that really bonded all of us. Although we are in different areas I regularly see the people that I trained with.
      Brandye Davis
      (United States)
      Ibaraki School
    • Miyazaki has a very relaxed atmosphere compared to other cities in Japan. The weather is warm, the food is delicious, and the people are so nice and relaxed. Even in the bottom of Kyushu, there are plenty of Western conveniences to help with the transition. Coffee shops (even Starbucks), Western style malls, foreign food stores, fast food chains, etc. Dry cleaning is easy and I don`t speak Japanese (there is some pointing at a calendar and nodding involved). Grocery stores take a little time to get used to especially all the sauces, fish, and other alternative tastes of the Japanese diet. Once my bank account was setup, banking was relatively easy. The post office can be a little tricky with all the paper work and all, but the workers are so helpful and they have many English guides to assist you. I take Japanese lessons twice a week at the International Center located in the same building as my branch school. The outgoing foreign teacher helped me set up the lessons.
      Joe Trujillo
      (United States)
      Miyazaki School
    • At first, I met Japanese people through my training friends who had already lived in Japan. Once I settled in my own city, away from my training friends, I was really active and joined a lot of activities. I do a lot of volunteer work in my community, attend Japanese classes at the culture center, go jogging and join races, and take yoga classes near my apartment. All of these have given me an opportunity to meet new people and practice Japanese. Don’t worry if you don’t know anything beforehand! People are always willing to teach you. A lot of my students go to the same gym with me, so we’ll go work out together then grab a bite to eat afterwards. Sometimes on weekends, we’ll go to karaoke or go shopping together.
      Catherine Hagar
      (United States)
      Tama Center School
    • Doing errands in Yamagata is so easy! There is a 24 hour supermarket between my flat and the office. Even if we finish work late I know that there will be no problem if I need to buy some groceries.
      The post office is only 2 minutes from the office so if I need to send a letter home there is plenty of time to go on my lunch break and all the staff are really friendly and helpful.
      Banking can be a bit daunting but my manager helped me to set up my account and once you have learnt the meanings of a few of the buttons on the ATMs withdrawing money and checking your balance is really easy. I cannot read any kanji but I have no problems using the ATMs. The biggest problem for me is remembering that the ATMs are not 24 hours and you will get charged for using them on the weekend, even if it’s your bank’s ATM that you are using so make sure you have plenty of cash on you before the weekend starts!
      The most important errands in Japan, paying the bills, are the easiest. All you have to do is take your bills to a convenience store and pay them at the counter. The convenience stores are 24 hours and are everywhere in Japan.
      David Sengupta
      (United Kingdom)
      Yamagata School
    • Since this was my first trip abroad, things were a little overwhelming at first, but soon after meeting my training mates at the airport I was able to relax and really start enjoying myself.
      During training we stayed in a seminar house, which is similar to a college dormitory. There was a kitchen, laundry room, dining area and vending machines. Each room we stayed in had futons, a bathroom, and closet.
      My training week was fantastic! At first I was a little nervous about teaching since I’d never done it before, but the people that I trained with were a lot of fun and I felt as if I were hanging out with my college roommates. The trainers were also kind and helpful which allowed me to be myself and really learn how to be a teacher.
      Having no experience as a teacher before coming to Japan, initial training was very helpful, especially at the end of the week when we had to teach a brief lesson to real AEON students. That exercise really prepared me for when I got to my school and had to teach my own students.
      Antony Chambers
      (United States)
      Kasukabe School
    • Our school is quite large and surprisingly busy for being in such a small town. I’m able to manage my schedule by staying organized and communicating with my coworkers if I ever have questions or need help. Using my time wisely also helps me to maintain my composure throughout the day. I never feel overwhelmed at school because I’m able to stay on top of my responsibilities. On a typical day at work I have anywhere from 5-8 classes. I usually have an office hour early in the day to do any administrative work that I have to complete. My lunch break is an hour long and is usually in the earlier half of the day. Our school is busiest in the evening as kids get out of school and adults finish work.
      Stephanie Tanimoto
      (United States)
      Ube School
    • First, I just like the people, most of my students have been super nice people and I really enjoy just talking with them. I like to watch them grow in the language, but my favorite thing is when I get to see them meet a goal. I love hearing that a student went overseas and how much they got out of it because of their language knowledge.
      My personal biggest challenge was nervousness; I didn’t know how I was going to do over here in a new country teaching. I overcame that with the friendliness and helpfulness of the people I worked with. First they made me feel very comfortable and relaxed and secondly they were there for me any time I needed any help at all.
      Ben Emerich
      (United States)
      Kansai Emergency Teacher
    • I have been working at AEON for seventeen years, the first seven years as a part-time teacher and ten years as a head teacher, so I have had a lot of opportunities to work with Japanese and foreign teachers with various backgrounds. I especially try to maintain the best possible student care as AEON believes that it is one of the most important factors to make our schools successful. I cannot do all of this by myself, though. My belief is that staff members should always try to pull together, share information and work on problems as professionals. It is not easy, but at the same time, you would feel it’s rewarding especially when you see your students’ progress or improvement in class and get positive feedback from them. From my experience successful teachers are autonomous, flexible, proud of being professional, and ready to assist their co-workers at all times. Working abroad doesn’t always mean being able to explore somewhere different but means being apart from things you have been accustomed to for a long time.
      Kumiko Mizuhoshi
      (Japan)
      Head Teacher, Tennoji School
    • When I first started working at my school I felt that Saturday was particularly challenging as it was just so hectic! Eight classes in one day leaves little time for much else, though luckily the teacher I was replacing taught me the secret to enjoying the day with minimal stress – preparation! So long as I prepare well the day before Saturday, I can start the day feeling confident and excited to learn what my students have been doing that week! Before each lesson I’m always excited to chat with students about their week in the lobby, and occasionally carry out check tests or counselings with them. Sometimes I also interview prospective students between lessons. My favourite thing about each day here is speaking to current students and meeting new ones. They are SO interesting and I am constantly surprised by their kindness and generosity, as well as their enthusiasm for learning English!
      Talitha Slee-Egeler
      (United Kingdom)
      Takatsuki School
    • I go to two separate Japanese language classes. They are both organised by volunteers and they are very keen to arrange cultural exchange events. The last event I attended was a trip to an old pottery town.

      Recently though I have taken up salsa classes. The other salsa students are Japanese. They have got used to me now and all try little conversations in Japanese to try to help me. I found out about this class from some Japanese friends who go to the same school.

      My Japanese classes were advertised in local information sheets and in an English magazine.

      My apartment is a modern loft style apartment. It consists of one main room which has a built-in bookcase and walk-in closet, over which is my sleeping area. It`s a bit like being on the top bunk. There is also a built in table and desk in this room. The entrance corridor is my kitchen with a separate toilet and bathroom off of it. The main room is fairly bright as it has a large balcony, which is great for drying clothes. I was supplied with bedding and kitchen utensils when I first arrived.

      Julie Tollope
      (United Kingdom)
      Kasugai School
    • Training week was really well paced and informative. The trainers were very understanding of our adjusting to a new environment, so I did not feel overworked at all. Though there was a lot of information to cover, we were able to take lots of breaks, practice what was taught and work with each other to improve our lessons. It helped me understand the overall structure of the lesson and what was expected of me at the branch school. I felt that after initial training, I was comfortable teaching classes and I knew how to work with the staff as a team in order to create an enjoyable atmosphere for students. The follow-up trainings were a good forum for me to address any questions I had and receive feedback on how I can improve my lessons. The workshops enabled me to better understand some important aspects of school and utilize that knowledge to work with the staff and help students improve.
      Sandy Lin
      (United States)
      East Japan Emergency Teacher
    • I live in Komatsu city in Ishikawa prefecture, on the west side of Japan. I am 15 minutes from both the beach and the mountains. I love snowboarding in the winter, and riding my bike and getting into nature in the summer. The fish and sake are amazing, and I have met the nicest of people here. My prefecture is packed with great places, and I think all of Japan is like that. I was surprised by the amount of things to do even though I live in the countryside. Also, I have met my best friends just walking around, or on my way home from work. So be open, go slow, and take it all in. I am taking Japanese language classes at the international center in my city. It has been a fantastic resource, offering really cheap Japanese classes, and also holding many events.
      Chris Wiggin
      (United States)
      Komatsu School
    • Training week was a whirlwind of information and practice. It was a great time to get to know fellow trainees and start to understand the company. The trainers were friendly and professional, always supportive of us. The week was quite tiring, but was good preparation for working in a school.
      Not only did we do practice of all the different lesson types, but the practice generally used a part of the textbook that we would actually be doing in class in our first week at school. This was fantastic, making that first week of teaching classes much easier and more comfortable.
      In my first three months, I had a follow-up training day, which gave a bit more detail about the business side of our work, and also attended a training seminar involving teachers from many schools and at many different levels of experience. This gave me much more insight into some of the materials we use, and it was great to discuss the experiences of those at other schools.
      Meg Ellis
      (Australia)
      Gifu School
    • Once I gained understanding of the train system here in Japan I quickly started exploring many other cities as well. Traveling around this country by train is probably one of the most simple and exciting ways to explore. After having removed myself from a life with automobile dependence I must say that living on public transport is beautifully convenient here in Japan, no legitimate complaints from me! Within my first few months I spent most of my weekends going around hitting up some of the more major cities in the central region of Japan, Kyoto and Osaka for example. What I like most about my weekend plans, or lack thereof, is that more times than not I don’t need much of an itinerary to have a great time, merely going out and living life in a completely new place and culture is excitement enough!
      Josh Davila
      (United States)
      Gifu School
    • Life in my city is great because it’s easy to get around by bike. Many people drive so the sidewalks are open to bike on. My city has lots of restaurants and food is not too expensive compared to the larger cities. The atmosphere of the city and people is relaxed and that fits my personality.
      My apartment is one room with a loft. The loft is a great additional section of the apartment. It’s especially nice during the winter because it is very comfortable and warm up there. The kitchen and bathroom are in a separate section of the apartment near my entrance. The apartment has all the necessary basics for living and it was all provided to me when I moved in.
      Peter Card
      (United States)
      Fukuyama School
    • As I teach only children it’s an incredible experience to bear witness to not only their learning progress, but their personal development as well. English education is now one of the most important subjects in the Japanese education system and my students are trying hard to improve their English language skills. It’s immensely rewarding helping students to achieve their goals, inspiring and assisting them to reach their full potential. Children are highly impressionable and we play a huge role in shaping their attitudes towards not only learning another language but towards Western culture as a whole. I really enjoy teaching as a profession and I find it very fulfilling to see my students advancing in their English ability.
      Sophie Ferris
      (Australia)
      Anjo Kids School
    • On my days off I tend to do many errands and chores to make the rest of my week as easy as possible since some days I may work overtime and don’t want to worry about doing my laundry or cleaning my apartment. In addition I sometimes take small day trips to local beaches or parks to enjoy the scenery. There are also a lot of restaurants in my city so trying new things is always an option. There are many fliers and posters posted on walls and fences in the downtown area. Finding local events such as car shows, night clubs, new restaurants or food venues is easy. Also my students are more than happy to tell me about local events and places to see as they want their teacher to learn more about local culture. The students are definitely a good way to learn more about your city.
      Tohru Okamura
      (United States)
      Kagoshima Tenmonkan School
    • Initial training provided an overview of the nuts and bolts of AEON, both as a business and as a school. The introduction to the day-to-day expectations was dead on, and the practice and preparation time was a huge help when it came time to teach my first lesson. Having the opportunity to familiarize myself with the company and the classroom was instrumental in helping me build confidence in what I was doing, before I ever walked into my branch school. So far, I’ve only attended Self-Study training. The training was very useful in helping me understand exactly what the courses contained and how best to fit the right course to the right student, in order to make sure they are reaching the goals they want to meet.
      Matt Pait
      (United States)
      Kumamoto School
    • My apartment is nestled in a little residential area near the city center. It’s in a fairly new three story building with four units on each floor. It has a small kitchen which has two electric hot plates and a stove. There is a main living area with a table, desk, chairs, cable, and internet connection. I have a closet but space is extremely limited. My apartment also has a loft which allows for more space in the living area. Over all though, it’s a nice setup.
      In the spring, summer, and fall, I like to go to local festivals. The most notable one I’ve been to was a giant kite battle held in the country side. I went to a pro wrestling match, and some of the live performance venues to see local bands.
      And of course, I study Japanese every weekend. I take a two hour lesson which helps with speaking. At home I spend a bit of time learning kanji, which has made a world of difference in my experience in Japan.
      Cliff Robbins
      (United States)
      Niigata Bandai School
    • I have been really lucky at Shinjuku Higashiguchi School – the entire staff have made it extremely easy for me to settle in to life in Japan. On my first day I got picked up at Shinjuku station by my Assistant Manager who took me to my apartment and showed me around my neighborhood. My Japanese ability was close to non-existent so they helped me get a mobile phone contract, as well as assist in setting up internet in my apartment. I couldn’t have done it alone otherwise. For any teaching related issues or questions I may have, my Head Teacher and my foreign teacher colleague are very experienced and knowledgeable.
      Peter Lim
      (Australia)
      Shinjuku Higashiguchi School
    • I typically come in about 15 to 30 minutes early. I usually help out the Japanese staff with some basic cleaning. We have a short meeting in the morning and go over any problems or questions for the day. Then I start my day out in the lobby, talking and meeting with students. Since I work at one of the biggest schools in Tokyo, we also have a lot of prospective students and I do my best to greet them and learn a little about who they are and what their goals are. I have mostly adult classes but do teach about five kids classes. On average I teach about 6 classes a day. Some days more, like on Saturdays, which are always popular days, and some days less, it really depends on your school and your schedule. But I have always had support and careful consideration with my schedule from my manager, and so have my other fellow teachers. After my last class, I usually help out with my end of the day clean up, but I am able to depart for home by about 9:15 each day.
      Sam Doerr
      (United States)
      Ikebukuro School
    • On a typical workday, I come in, help the Japanese staff with cleaning, and set up my room for my classes. I teach anywhere between one to three classes before lunch. Between each class I chat with students in the lobby, or work on Self Study check tests (additional study materials that students purchase to supplement their skills). After lunch I teach between two to three children’s lessons and then change pace back to adult lessons. My days tend to keep a quick pace and pass fairly swiftly. It was quite challenging to keep a group of six year olds attention for extended periods of time but I worked to find games and activities that each child enjoyed and when I saw their attention waning I tried to change the pace of the lesson to keep them constantly engaged. Naturally, over the course of a year this is an ongoing challenge that requires fresh supplies of solutions constantly.
      Lexee McClendon
      (United States)
      Hashimoto School
    • I am the manager at Yokohama School. To me, a school is like a ship. I am the captain, and I have my crew. I need to tell them where we’re headed every month, and give them guidance as to how we are going to get there. Everyone has a different role in the crew, but they need to be able to do their jobs to the fullest in order for us to achieve our goal. If we aren’t rowing in the same direction, then we cannot achieve our goals. It’s important that everyone wants to achieve the same goal. In order to reach that goal, it goes back to communication. Without it, it’s impossible.
      Kenji Iida
      (Japan)
      Manager, Yokohama School
    • I like my students` enthusiasm and their genuine desire to learn and to improve. It`s often said that teaching is a rewarding career but I can`t think of a more apt way to describe the feeling I get when I teach my students. They all have their reasons, goals and ambitions for studying English and as their teacher, I have to justify their trust in me and help them reach those goals, one step forward at a time.
      A typical work day can vary, depending on my schedule. Sometimes I have a lot of kids` classes in one day, and those days require me to be ultra prepared, energetic and ready to handle any curveball. Other days I may have a lot of business students and I have to adopt a different persona and teaching style. It also depends a lot on class dynamics which is something that I`ve improved on adapting to.
      Emma Lui
      (United Kingdom)
      Motoyawata School
    • My students are suburbanites so they are very welcoming to me each week. I enjoy hearing amazing stories about their lives and help them reach their English goals. At times we share laughs and cultural differences during lobby talk. After the kids follow up workshop, I began to see that my students were excited about learning English, just a little too excited. Over time I came up with unique tactics to channel their energy into the lesson; I always have to keep in mind: ‘Hey, their just kids.’ Now I love classes with energetic children. They pay attention to how you respond to them. I always arrive to work 20 minutes early. It takes me five minutes to clean up around the school before the morning meeting. Early afternoons can be quiet so I may or may not have a first class; therefore I assist my Head Teacher or Manager. I have four classes back to back after lunch so I’m usually energized ready to teach kids and adult lessons.
      Tia Haygood
      (United States)
      Oyama School
    • Training helped me with the flow of the lessons, how to deal with students when they don’t understand what is being said, how to be aware of not being too wordy, and how to always make sure the students are talking. Although I can’t say I mastered all that within the first months I arrived, I was able to work on each skill and become a better teacher within the first year. With the follow-up and grade-up trainings I was able to review what I learned in initial training and improve my lessons. The training I felt helped the most was the grade-up training. There I was able to talk about my students and how I can help them more. Also I was able to meet other teachers from different schools and see how they teach. By seeing them I was able to take little bits of their ways and add it to my ways. This has helped me a lot especially when I realized my old ways were not working as well as I thought it would.
      Ayana Wise
      (United States)
      Senri Chuo School
    • Asahikawa is a small town for Japanese standards, but I think that’s one of the reasons why the people here are so friendly. I often see students downtown at the weekend and it’s fun to have a quick chat with them. There are also a lot of festivals, and my students always have great recommendations for me.
      Japanese life is full of small inventions and ideas which make things easier, and I think that my own country could pick up those ideas too. For example, the ticket numbering system on the bus is quite easy, and you can do so many things at convenience stores, such as pay bills, buy tickets, and print photos.
      I have also found the rules of Japanese etiquette to be quite interesting, as well as the language itself, which I am currently studying.
      I have helped with some festival preparations. I painted some floats for a summer parade, which was pretty fun! My manager has a lot of local connections with people all over the town, so she finds out about events like this from time to time and invites the teachers to come along.
      Sarah Pobjoy
      (United Kingdom)
      Asahikawa School
    • Upon coming to Japan, I was welcomed by the amazing trainers and quickly introduced to others in the same position. Coming to my branch was another opportunity to make many friends since I’m happy to say that I consider my co-workers my close friends as well. It’s quite easy to make friends in Japan since as an AEON teacher, we are meeting people every day.
      I am taking Japanese lessons and tea ceremony lessons. I found out about the Japanese lessons through both AEON and the international center in Matsuyama. I am studying Japanese to improve my everyday speaking as well as for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). As for tea ceremony, I found out about it from my co-worker. We take lessons together once a week. It is very fun and challenging, but I really enjoy learning about this aspect of traditional Japanese culture. I am also involved in a public speaking club called Toastmasters, which held in both English and Japanese. I found out about this club through my friend.
      Kim Hoang
      (United States)
      Matsuyama School
    • Making friends in Japan is easy. When I first arrived, I met many interesting people throughout the initial training period both at the AEON regional office and at my branch school. Teachers and students alike are eager to get to know you, and it is common to make new friends at restaurants, bars, and cultural festivals. There are many opportunities to interact, and become friends, with Japanese people. Whether at work or out on the town, I have constantly been able to meet locals. I meet my students outside of work about once a month. We often go out for meals, go shopping, and go to cultural festivities or historical places of interest together. It is always more fun being shown around by someone who grew up in the area!
      Stevie Flanery
      (United States)
      Nishinomiya School
    • Arrival in Japan was easy and smooth. The train from Narita connects directly with the line going to the training house. It was very interesting to see everything en route.
      Everything I needed for my week in training was available to me. It was a good primer to get me ready for life in Japan as it was quite a suburban area with not too many distractions from preparing myself for the challenge ahead.
      Training was great. It provided me with the basic tools I needed to succeed. Get to know the people you train with as they will probably be your best friends during your time in Japan. It’s very important to make sure you get enough rest, though, as you will need to be a ‘sponge’ to absorb all the tips and tricks that the trainers have. The training provided me with the basic tools I required, but your success is by and large up to your effort.
      Sada Michi Aoki
      (Australia)
      East Japan Emergency Teacher
    • The biggest challenge that I faced during my first month of school was learning my students’ names. Constant practice and talking to my students inside and outside the class made me overcome this challenge. Seeing my students improve dramatically with their English skills and achieve their goals (such as TOEIC, STEP, etc.) has made me very happy and satisfied as an English teacher. In order to increase our teaching skills, we usually have “AEON Kids Follow Up Trainings” twice a year to brush up on our kids lessons. We also have Self Study workshops in order to learn about the current and new Self Study materials that we have and practice our counseling skills.
      Tristan Crespo
      (United States)
      Kyushu Emergency Teacher
    • Upon arrival, I was met by the trainer and grouped with other teachers who came on other flights. The trainer took good care of us and gave us a quick insight of our surroundings and a taste of things to come whilst on the ride into headquarters. The accommodations were well organized and conveniently located in the heart of the city near headquarters. This gave plenty of time to get used to the where our work would revolve around and bond with the people we begin our AEON journey with. Training week is tough and there is a lot to take in right off the bat, but there is plenty of time to bond with teachers and staff. All of the information is vital to creating the foundation for your stay, and you should try to make the most of it by expanding your mind and asking as many questions as you see fit. Training week can be a lot to take in, but the information and training can be applied throughout the whole time of your employment here. As everyone in the training group is a beginner to AEON, there is a lot of room for innovation.
      Dimitri Wikramanayake
      (Australia)
      Kozoji School
    • I feel that Japanese students are very motivated to learn English, and that they are genuinely curious about the place you come from. It makes me feel welcomed that the students like to actively engage in conversations with me. Educational Counseling was a challenge for me, especially when at first I was not familiar with my students. I started to pay attention to specific students in each class and take notes about them after class. Eventually I knew my students enough to understand what their needs were.
      Eden Hung
      (Canada)
      Ohashi School
    • Japan is an extremely convenient country. I live within short walking distance of supermarkets and conbinis (convenience stores), which not only offer far more than your typical Western convenience store, but where I can also quickly and easily pay all of my bills each month! Post offices, banks and numerous dry cleaners are also just a stone’s throw away from my apartment and branch office. The AEON staff at my branch was incredibly helpful when I first arrived at my branch school, assisting me with everything from bill payment, cell phone contracting and internet access, to setting up my bank account. They even took me food shopping the day I arrived after training.
      Ben Rosen
      (United States)
      East Japan Emergency Teacher
    • Upon arriving in Japan, I was too excited for the first few days to notice how jet lagged I was. I was greeted at the airport by a trainer, and we met other trainees. We had a few minutes to introduce ourselves and talk about our home cities before we left for our hotel. The trainer very helpfully pointed out the grocery store and some restaurants near our hotel, and he met us in the lobby on the first morning to show us how to get to headquarters. The hotel room was simple and comfortable. It was a couple of subway stops away from the location of training. There was a small electric stove and a refrigerator, so I was able to cook for myself during training week.
      Initial training taught me about both the business and teaching aspects of life at my school. By the time the week was over, I knew how to teach an AEON lesson to different levels of students, I knew how I would be expected to interact with other teachers and office staff, and I understood my responsibilities all around.
      Lola Calabro
      (United States)
      Kyoto Ekimae School
    • I have been working at the branch school in Kanazawa in Ishikawa prefecture for nearly 5 years. As I used to be a student at this school, I was really happy to return as a teacher. My responsibility as a head teacher is to support other teachers in their quest to provide good student care. Therefore, as a team leader I help the teachers reach their potential to be better assets to the school. Whilst living in Japan, foreign teachers might experience differences in culture and customs. I also give them support when they encounter difficulties at work or outside work. I help them to get their point across to other Japanese people and vice versa. I would like to create an atmosphere in which my colleagues can work well together.
      Hisano Tomizu
      (Japan)
      Head Teacher, Kanazawa School

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