Funny/Weird photo of the week :
Days 2178 - 2184
Thursday, March 6 - Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Day 2178 ( Interview 1 at Berlitz / Collecting Thailand Visa )
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Left out early and went for a group interview for a famous English teaching company in Japan called "Berlitz". At least 4 of my Jamaican friends work for them. So I thought I would have a strong chance.
Actually this interview wasn't really an interview. It was more like an information session. They explained to us about the company and gave us some papers to fill out and sign. Also to choose the branch where we would prefer to work at. However, each branch have a specific type of teacher that they want. There are 3 types of job/teaching positions available with Berlitz.
(1) Instructor (semi full-time) - where you work 40 hrs/units per week. Mostly teaching business English in the evenings and weekends.
(2) Part-time instructors I think they do about 16-20 hrs/units per week... Don't remember exactly.
(3) Per unit lessons - These are just done as requested by random locations or people.
As mentioned earlier, each branch/location need 1, 2 or all of these kind of workers. I was going for a Semi full time position in Yokohama. So I wrote this on the paper.
So after filling out the paper, they would call us in and give us a very brief interview asking like 3 questions then tell us they will get back in touch and tell us if we made it to interview #2 which was the real interview!!!
So that was it for interview #1/information session.
After this, I went to Meguro to finally collect my Thailand visa.
Then to Shibuya to eat dinner at the Jamaican restaurant there.
Day 2179 ( Urawa, Saitama Racist Football Supporters )
Friday, March 7, 2014
Spoke to a teacher at my school who is helping me with the planning for Spring Ting 2014... spoke to him at length about it. Then I followed my friend to a home store to go look at some stuff. We then went to the YMCA. This is what my students drew for me today .......
|Dave (center) being disciplined by YMCA education mascots|
J. League and media must show red card to racism
Day 2180 ( 10-year-old letter arrives from daughter lost to tsunami :/ )
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Was arguing with a friend of mine about some pressing issues for a good hour or more today after teaching at the YMCA.
This was really sad to read :(
10-year-old letter arrives from daughter lost to tsunami
Day 2181 ( Disney Animated Movie Evening/Night )
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Had to go work today !!! Both of the YMCAs that I work at had their kind of graduation or end of year ceremony today. I performed and gave a small speech / appeal at both. The poem I did was called "We love YMCA" written and edited by .... Dave .... Collymore :)
This evening I had an overload of Disney animated movies. First I watch the much talked about "Frozen" which to me wasn't all that. It was just the usual lets save some body then get married to a dude and there is a random evil and a random funny character. It did have a huuge twist or not twist but kind of a trick your mind thing near the end. Oh and the colours are AMAZING !!! I give it a 6.5/10.
Then shortly after I watched "Mulan" which was from like 1998, a year after I graduated high school.
Now this to me was HILARIOUS !! Even though it was so long ago. Loved the characters and the story. Made me laugh a lot throughout. I give this one a 8/10.
After this I watched Dinosaur which was released back in year 2000.... Another Disney animation. It was kinda slow, kinda childish, not really my kinda thing. But I did watch it until the end. I give it say a 5/10.
Day 2182 ( Berlitz Interview #2/Tallest Building in Japan now Open )
Monday, March 10, 2014
Ok So I did the second interview for Berlitz today. I thought Berlitz was an American company all this time. Well yeah it actually started in America but now it is fully owned by a Japanese company name Beneese.
Yeah so I did interview number 2 with Berlitz, this time in Yokohama and with 2 Yokohama manager guys. Both of their accents seemed very British/Scottish/Australian (sorry can't tell the difference between them). They asked me a couple of questions and to be honest, a few of the questions had me searching deep in my brain for answers. I could've guessed that I probably wasn't going to get this one. It was one of my most intense interviews yet. I wasn't at all relaxed. After the interview, the 2 very tall interviewers wished me well. And the main guy said I will be contacted by the HR Japanese lady who was in the first interview/training session.
To be honest, so far in my 8 years experience of working, both in Jamaica and in Japan, (outside of my present job with Interac/Maxceed), I have never been successful at an interview. All my jobs were off recommendation from someone. Aka links. My first job as a computer teacher was basically given to me by a friend who recommended me to a principal. My second job as a computer teacher at an academy was given to me because my pastor's wife was the assistant manager. They gave me an interview but just for formality. All my part-time jobs now in Japan were based off recommendations.
Anyway, after the interview, I did 2 classes at the YMCA then I had a lesson with a new private student. One of the guys I play football with occasionally on Wednesday nights, want me to teach him English. The first lesson with him went pretty well even though he spoke mostly Japanese.
Japan's tallest building opens in Osaka
|I am not Impressed in the least|
|Still not impressed|
Day 2183 ( Over 2000 Still Unaccounted For after 3 years ... )
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today they did a 30 second moment of silence/prayer at my school. All of us teachers stood up, faced the window to the east and closed our eyes for 30 seconds.
Today was also my final day at this school so they asked me to give a short speech. I wasn't prepared and I didn't at all expect this. About 3 teachers followed me to the door while I exited. I almost shed a tear but I held my order !!! I didn't get to say bye to a couple of the English teachers or to the Vice principal or principal because they were in a meeting.
On my way to my second job, I posted 3 letters... 2 of them back to Jamaica and 1 to America requesting a transcript from my graduate school.
2,636 still unaccounted for, 3 years after Tohoku disaster
|Man takes up diving in order to find missing wife|
Day 2184 ( )
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Had another short meeting with the teacher at my main school who is helping me to plan Spring ting 2014. We are currently having some issues with the location which is why you don't see any updates yet... Update coming by the end of this week no worries.......
So it was confirmed via email that I didn't get the Berlitz job...Any way moving right along. Had no classes today at my school but did 2 at the YMCA... The final 2 of these for this school year. Then spoke to my evening student for a bit.
My friend told me that I was on the front page of the BWA website from my trip to Singapore last year.