WAKAKUSA ENGLISH PROGRAM
WHAT IS EXPECTED
Accepted applicants will sign an initial two-year contract to live and work in Tamura with a team of other English teachers. The possibility of staying longer than two years can be discussed. The following compensation and benefits are provided: A monthly salary, a monthly food stipend, furnished apartment, basic utilities, low-cost medical coverage, round-trip airfare to Japan, payment of local income taxes, a weekly evening meal, and occasional excursions with the Maki family and the other teachers.
Interviews are generally conducted each year in the fall. New teachers usually arrive in Japan around the first of April following an orientation in late March. However, teachers can be interviewed and hired year-round.
Requirements for applicants:
A four-year college degree in any subject and a two-year commitment are the requirements for applicants, as well as a commitment to Christ and a desire to serve as a missionary/teacher or teaching assistant. People may apply to the program at any time throughout the year.
Submitting the completed PDF application via email is the easiest method. Please send it to email@example.com.
Click on the Covenant or Contract below to view or print these documents
WHAT TO EXPECT
LIFE IN TAMURA
Each teacher is provided with housing and basic utilities. And Tamura offers an untouched and natural view of Japan.
Tamura is a rural city in Fukushima-ken, a prefecture in the northeastern part of Japan, about 200 miles north of Tokyo.
Each teacher has a four year degree in any subject and a two year commitment to the program.
Click on the images below to view pictures from life in Tamura,
the culture, and the team.
Typical apartment for Wakakusa teachers
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Samurai yearly parade
Yearly doll festival at the Wakakusa Kindergarten
Summer festival at Wakakusa
Lantern highlights the cherry blossoms at night
Japanese honoring their ancestors
Street vendor at Obon festival
Front entrance of Wakakusa in spring
Many Wakakusa teachers come to love sushi
Kindergarten sports day
Father and child races
Teachers get to race too!
Learning to use chop sticks
Teacher and students at a noodle stand
Typical Jr. High lunch
Kindergarten children having a celebration
Teachers enjoying a nearby river
Obon National Holiday
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Mr. and Mrs. Maki - head of the Wakakusa program and principal of Wakakusa school
Team and church member group photo
A nearby park
Common day trip
Honoring team members at
an adult evening English class
Made the climb up Mt. Fuji
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A CHRIST BASED PROGRAM
"Teaching English in Japan was the experience of a lifetime, and it changed the way I see the world."
"I learned what it meant to serve others out of love and why love should be a Christian's primary concern."
"Wakakusa is a great program where practical ministry meets filling an educational need. Highly focused on community and servanthood, this program helps us to see and understand the heart of Japan." - Esther
"Living and teaching in Japan was one of the most humbling and empowering experiences of my life."
"I am so grateful for Wakakusa. Through entering into both the Japanese culture and into the hearts of the people, I am forever changed."
"I didn't truly understand myself or my own
culture until I taught for Wakakusa in Japan.
Tamura is a place like no other!"
"I learned the value of community and relationships. Everything is harder in another country, but
with the daily trials come depth of character."
"Living in Japan broadened my worldview. The program provided a Christ-seeking community and has encouraged me to pursue relationships across spiritual and cultural divides." - A. Hidey
"Working for Wakakusa has been a challenging and enriching experience for me. I wouldn't trade my time in this beautiful country for any other adventure!"
SHARING THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE PEOPLE OF TAMURA, JAPAN