Since the age of about 6 or 7 I’d say, I’ve had glasses almost permanently attached to my face. The first thing I do in the morning is reach over and put them on, and the last thing I do at night before falling asleep is take them off. The only time I don’t wear [...]
Got an Interview for Peace Boat
A small bit of news to report on the job front. While the situation on the southern front (i.e. finding work in Okinawa) is going depressingly badly, I did get an interview for a teaching placement with an NGO called Peace Boat. If I got the placement I would depart from Yokohama at the end of July on a 3-month voyage around the world, teaching English to the volunteers aboard the ship. They would also want me to do an extra-curricular project of some sort and I think a voyage like that would be an ideal opportunity for something like a Model United Nations conference. Even if the English ability is relatively low, the conference can be adapted to suit their ability and knowledge.
The Peace Boat, in their own words, “seeks to create awareness and action based on effecting positive social and political change in the world. We pursue this through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities.” I would be travelling on Peace Boat’s 67th voyage, which would stop at 21 ports around the world, and have highlights including travelling through the Suez and Panama Canals, visiting Auschwitz and sample organic coffee in Cuba. I would never be someone to say “Yeah, I should get this job”, but I would like to think that if my interview and sample lesson plan goes well then I have a half-decent chance. They are looking for people with international awareness and educational experience and I’m thinking that the debate and Model United Nations courses I’ve taught and conferences I’ve run over the past 5 years might give me a chance.
While I am pretty pleased about this interview, what I would like much more is an interview of some sort here in Okinawa. All I’m getting from the public sector is a lack of response, and from the private schools rejections due to the economy biting and people & companies having to cut back. Have said it before but it’s not a good time at all to be in the job market. And even if I got the Peace Boat placement, I would still need to know before I boarded the ship whether I would be staying in Okinawa or not on my return. If not then there is no point me continuing to pay rent and own possessions down here.
Maybe I am just looking on the bad side of things and should be thankful I have an interview at all. My friend has just been telling me that only around 30 people get chosen for interview so I must be doing something right in my applications. We’ll see… Interview is on the 26th in Tokyo so I’ll be heading up to the capital for the weekend. And I have just heard from the other teacher who arrived in Okinawa at the same time as me (and who is at probbaly the top academic school in Okinawa, me being at about number 3) that he has an interview too. We get on pretty well so it would be great if either of us (or even both of us) could get placements.