You may find yourself wondering why we traveled to Japan. To put it simply, Kat and I wholeheartedly believe traveling and immersing yourself in another culture is one of the best ways to learn. Japan’s system of education is much different than the United States. As future educators, the chance to learn about an education system different than our own is a wonderful learning experience. When the opportunity to teach English language learners across the world presented itself, we couldn’t say no!
In addition to learning about Japan’s education system and gaining experience teaching English language learners, we also wanted to provide Japanese students the opportunity to learn English from a native speaker. Building relationships with students, professionals, and prospective teachers while we work within schools and during our homestays on the weekends is what we are looking forward to the most!
As we journey back to the United States, we are hoping to borrow aspects of Japanese teaching styles and incorporate them into our own classrooms! We are also eager to learn more about Japanese culture during our homestays to help open our eyes and hearts to a world that’s bigger than we ever realized.