Awaiting the final hours before I find out my final acceptance results for a teaching program in Japan… The culmination of an 8 month long application and preparation period has all led to this.
I’d like to introduce myself, my name is Sherman and I work as one of the Cultural Assistants at UBC’s English Language Institute (ELI). I recently found myself graduated from UBC, and now need to make the decision with what to do for the rest of my life (*not to be overly dramatic). I knew that settling down in a comfortable career path within Vancouver would not suit me, that’s why 8 months ago I decided to apply for the JET Programme (Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme), where if accepted, I would spend at least the next year teaching English in Japan.
My passion for education all started at UBC ELI where I was able to support a large group of international students inside and out of the classroom, with matters ranging from English language practice; to helping students find the best restaurants in town. After discovering this everyday joy, I realized this was the type of career path I needed to pursue.
The opportunity to be immersed in a completely new culture, and to work for a program that shares my values for promoting intercultural communication is an experience I wouldn’t be able to turn down.