Who am I?
I’m a 25 year old graduate of Drake University, currently living and working in Miyazaki Prefecture. I am a participant in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET for short) and I’m working at a commercial high school as an Assistant Language teacher. I started working for the JET Programme in the summer of 2013 and will be here until August 2017.
Why am I writing this blog?
Because I have a lot of friends and family who I want to keep in the loop about what’s going on with me. Also, I have a lot to say and not nearly enough people to listen to me. What better way to solve both problems than to write a blog? I try to update the blog every few days or whenever I have something interesting to say, whichever comes first.
What am I doing?
I am participating in a program called the JET Program. To explain the program, here’s a quick blurb from the program’s website:
“The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program seeks to help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations. The program also aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.
The objectives of the program are being achieved by offering JET Program participants, (hereinafter, participants) the opportunity to serve in local government offices as well as public and private elementary schools, junior high and senior high schools.
The program is conducted by local authorities and other organizations (hereinafter, contracting organizations) of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR).”
To explain further, I am employed by Miyazaki Prefectural Board of Education and based at a commercial high school in Hyuga City. A commercial high school is the second highest level of high school, with the most academic being “academic high schools” and the least being “agricultural high schools.” I typically team teach with a JTE (Japanese teacher of English) though I typically lead the class with the JTE providing backup.
Where am I, more specifically?
I’m living on the Japanese island of Kyushu (the orange and green one in the map below), in Miyazaki prefecture. Miyazaki is on the eastern side of the island and stretches almost the entire eastern coast. I’m technically living in a city, even if it’s a bit small for one.