Hello! this is where you can find my gofundme as I try to prepare for my plans to apply to be a TEFL teacher and to teach in Japan is the goal…. Then Spain or Latin America…. I’ll take photos the whole time of course…
My name is Jennifer and I am 30 years old. I have my A.A and BA in Fine art photography. I am currently only able to do photography as a side hustle. I spend most of my time working between 2-3 restaurants at a time. Working in restaurants is what I did while in school and I love food, people and the bustling environment and I have a past in baking. As much as I love working them, after 6 years I am at the point where I would like 1 job. Hopefully, one that would contribute more time and opportunities for my photography.
I have spent a great deal of time thinking about this and it will be a big leap and change but I want to become a TEFL teacher. I want to go and teach English in Japan for the next 1-3 years. After that, I would then maybe like to go to Spain or Latin America as I may long term settle somewhere in those areas. Or after about 5 years of teaching, traveling and exploring I will return to the states.
I applied last fall to some programs that send people to teach in Japan.
I did not get into any of them.
I have studied Japanese Art History, East Asia studies ( Japanese history) and I've taken Japanese twice as a language. I have wanted to go to Japan more than half my life since I was 13 and before photography, my goal was to move to Japan to be a Mangaka (Japanese comic book artist).
So not only would this be a major change it is a L I F E goal.
Since I did not get into any of the programs that send people to Japan such as JET, AEON, NOVA, and Gaba. I am hoping to apply this time not only in English but Japanese as well. I am also hoping that having a TEFL (Teach English as Foreign Language) certification will help with the process and get me approved.
The donation goes towards:
-Japanese class I, II + II each 600$ (1800$) (Fall quarter starts sept 24th)
Fall, Winter, and Spring so about 9 months of class.
being in a class environment is key and practicing conversation daily.
Get help writing my intro letter to Japan and a recommendation letter from the teacher is the GOAL.
-TEFL testing (1200$) https://www.oxfordseminars.com/city/seattle/ ( Trying to take the Oct tests starting on the 12th and 13th, then the following two weekends)
-Time off from work to take testing (have to miss 3 FULL weekends so about 1000$)
- I would start applying to all the different programs at that point as most have Fall deadlines (like November for Jet) with results released over the next few months till April when then send out their choices to go live and work in Japan. So the remaining 1000$ would go towards the cost of my ticket and shipping my things to Japan in April. Any other remaining funds I will pay out my pocket. (getting a 3rd job just for this)
ANYONE that makes a 10$ or more donation I will send you a postcard once I get to JAPAN.
ANYONE that makes a 50$ or more donation I will send you a postcard and PHOTO I take in JAPAN
ANYONE that makes a 100$ or more donation I will send you a postcard, PHOTO (taken in Japan) and random Japanese related gift from JAPAN.