Experience With No Regrets - Teaching English in Japan

By: Catherine Cappello 

Most people get a degree or certificate and then use it to get the job they want.  I guess I’ve just lived my life backwards.  I am currently enrolled in an online TEFL certification class in order to help get yet another job teaching abroad.

What motivated me to take a position teaching English in Japan in the first place was frustration with the education job market in the States, and the need to prove to myself and my family that the terrorist attack on 9/11 was not sufficient reason to forego the chance of a lifetime.  I had also lived in Germany and traveled extensively as a child, which instilled in me at an early age the love of seeing other parts of the world and experiencing other cultures.   The experience I had in Japan in 2002-2003 was the best (and most challenging!) I could have ever imagined.  It is because of that experience that I would like to go abroad again.