Teaching in Japan: Part 1

My first week in Japan by Rachael Hornsby After months of saving for flights, researching jobs, and attempting pretty unsuccessfully to learn some basic greetings in Japanese, I was eager to get over to Japan and find out for myself what it was like. I packed up all 25kg of my life in my snazzy … Continue reading Teaching in Japan: Part 1

Teaching in Thailand vs. Teaching in Japan

Teaching in Thailand vs. Japan by Rachael Hornsby Having started my TEFL adventures in Thailand, I have now spent a year teaching there, and another 6 months teaching in Japan (with a year back in the UK in between). If you might be considering either of these countries to teach English in, or are deciding … Continue reading Teaching in Thailand vs. Teaching in Japan

Why I Hate Teaching Kindergarten

Why I Hate Teaching Kindergarten (...and why I love it) Today my class staged a full-on rebellion. Crayons were thrown; blocks were spilled. “No,” their 20 little minds simultaneously decided, “Now is not classtime.” Trying to round them up was about as successful as herding cats. The first month is always the hardest, especially with … Continue reading Why I Hate Teaching Kindergarten

Late to the airbnb party..

Established in 2008, Airbnb has been around for a fair amount of time. However, it wasn't until mid-2015 that I first used it. It was a brilliant choice! To anyone that doesn't know what Airbnb is, it is a service that allows people to list and rent a huge range of properties all over the … Continue reading Late to the airbnb party..

#TRAVEL – JAPAN: Uncovering Kyoto

A visit to Kyoto has been on my to-do list for well over a decade now, so when I finally had the opportunity to go in 2015, I was absolutely thrilled. Admittedly, my first impression of Kyoto was far from ideal: my hostel was located along a six-lane highway with a marvelous view of concrete … Continue reading #TRAVEL – JAPAN: Uncovering Kyoto