Monday, March 27, 2017


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Live and Work Abroad in Himeji, Japan

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 Applications for the Fall 2017 academic year are due February 10, 2017. See bellow for details!


 

Phoenix Sister Cities, in cooperation with our Sister City in Himeji, Japan, annually seeks applicants for Assistant Language Teachers who fulfill 1-2 year contracts from September to August each school year. The application deadline is in early February each year for the following school session starting in August. This program caters to individuals with or without teaching experience who enjoy a structured school environment.  


Adults with a four-year degree are invited to apply to travel to Himeji, Japan for a one-year Phoenix Sister Cities Teach Abroad Program. A sense of adventure is required, but familiarity with the Japanese language is not! This is a unique international employment opportunity, and all college majors are welcome to apply.   

 

Applications accepted year-round.

 

   
   
iconSalaries and Living Expenses Pre-Departure Requirements
Mandatory Calendar 2016 
Press Release
Frequently Asked Questions  

 

 Brief Video of Shirasagi Residence, Where our Teachers Live 

 Quick glimps of the Himeji & Phoenix Sister Cities Teach Abroad program experience.


If you can't find the information you need here, please contact:

Phoenix Sister Cities, Teach Abroad program: (602) 534-3751
200 W. Washington St., 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Application

Application

NOW ACCEPTING Teach Abroad Applications.
Applications are due FEBRUARY 10, 2017

 


 

Teach Abroad applications are accepted annually. Each spring new program participants are hired. The application deadline is always the first Friday in February for the following academic year that starts in August.

**The application & a $25 application fee must be received (not postmarked) in our office by the deadline. If necessary, you can hand deliver your application to the Phoenix Sister Cities office, located on the 20th floor of Phoenix City Hall.

 

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Send the completed application by mail or in person to:

Phoenix Sister Cities
ATTN: Teach Abroad Program
200 W. Washington St. 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003

Photo Gallery

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 Photos from the 2015/2016 Teach Abroad! Check our Facebook page for more!

 

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Deb Ostreicher pictured with a current teacher assistant in the Teach Abroad program who she formally mentored through their YAEP experience.  


 

Teachers preparing to depart for Himeji hosted for the Japanese Youth Ambassadors and their Phoenix counterparts. 
       
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Meet Our Teachers

All of our teachers come from various backgrounds and experiences. We encourage anyone interested who meets the requirements to apply. Living abroad and making a difference in a foreign country is a unique opportunity not available to everybody. Upon their return, teachers find that they have learned quite a bit from the very students they were teaching.

Meet our program participants:

Amber Hunt          Araceli Amador
     
     
Christina Pruitt   Jarrod Blair
          
     
Madison Bai   Michael Zipperer
     
     
Steven Savage    
   
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Support Teach Abroad

 

Teach Abroad Participants Seek Your Assistance 

There are highly-qualified participants selected by Phoenix Sister Cities to represent Phoenix for the Teach Abroad Program in Himeji, Japan to serve as an Assistant Language Teachers (ALT’s) and Assistant Supervisor of Education (ASE’s). It was a very competitive and rigorous interview process for the selection of only a few applicants. Phoenix Sister Cities has been in partnership with Himeji, Japan for this program for over thirty years. The Teach Abroad Program gives college graduates with various degrees the opportunity to teach English to Japanese school children as well as conduct adult classes for members of the community.  As an ALT/ASE our primary function is to be a cultural representative whose goal is to get the students---and the community--excited about learning English and to expose them to American culture. 


Those of us selected to travel to Himeji have a lot to prepare for as we embark on this exciting journey and as new teachers we would like to raise money to purchase teaching supplies for the activities we plan for our community lessons. This includes, but is not limited to, supplies to utilize for lesson planning or activities that cultivate the American, specifically Arizona, way of life, for the Himeji community. Therefore, we are seeking your help. Please make a small, tax-deductible contribution to assist us in our efforts. Phoenix Sister Cities will send you confirmation of your donation to use for tax purposes. We are very excited about this opportunity to experience life outside of the USA and at the same time share the American culture and language with the students and adults in Himeji.  For more information on the Teach Abroad Program, go to www.phoenixsistercities.org. Thanks so much, 

Proud & Thankful Teach Abroad ALT/ASE’s

 

 

 
The application deadline is always the first Friday in February for the following academic year that starts in August 


Teach Abroad 2013 Photo Album

 

  

 

 Spring is finally here! The weather was gorgeous this afternoon and cherry blossoms are starting to bloom all around the city!  And here are the 3-nensei (9th grade) students and teachers right after their graduation ceremony. (Sorry for the instagram frame).

 Yutaka and Aki own the wine shop
down the street from Shirasagi. They are some of the nicest people in
Himeji and their shop has a great selection of wine and cheese!

 Also, a few ALTs went on a hike last week near Osaka. It was a great day!

 

 Here’s a picture of a park right across the street from HimejiCastle. It was a beautiful, warm afternoon, hence, the man taking a nap on the bench.   Today (March 28th), an underground shopping area in downtown Himeji had a grand re-opening and introduced some new stores, including Himeji’s only Burger King!  March was a very important month at the junior high schools, due to the end of the school year and graduation ceremonies. Here is a picture of my school’s elaborately decorated gymnasium right before the start of the ceremony.   Cecy, a  long-time resident of Shirasagi, organized a sake factory tour and tasting, which many ALTs attended. Here’s a picture of the sake being bottled. 

 

  I won a nintendo DS in a game that are found all over Japan.    Briana and I go to this ramen restaurant so much, we earned enough tickets to get a discount

 

Friendships are made
over karaoke in Japan.
However they can be lost as well. 

This was on my final day at my school.
These kids were awesome.

 Track and Field  Group of Students

 

Kyoto Aquarium with Fellow Teacher Lunch with English Lesson Students Monthly Farewell Lunch from Kodera  Yumi and Thatcher at a Petting Zoo

 

Debby and Family at Festa Jason and Thatcher at Indian Restaurant Kristen, Yimi, and Thatcher at Train Museum Thatcher and Jason at Oyster Festival

 

Thatcher and Jason at Train Museum Train Ride Home from Nagoya After the Relay Marathon Before the Relay Marathon

 

Pajama Party Playing Jenga Playing Twister Playing Uno

 

 
Running in the Rain Running with Teammate Strange Japanese Festivals  School

 

 Elementary School  Crab Nabe Hot Pot  Bento Lunch Box  Fall Leaves

 

 Spring Cherry Blossoms Rice Field  Neighborhood Festival  Geisha

 

 
 Paper Cranes Chop Suey Ramen with Gyouza: Japan has a lot of interesting and delicious foods. Be sure to try everything!   Community Picnic: We hope you're the outgoing type, because you'll never be lacking in friends and events in Himeji! Elementary School Students: Your students will be brimming with excitement to learn with you. Prepare to be a rock star! 

 

 Making Takoyaki: Everyday will bring new cultural experiences. What is "takoyaki"? Make your own and find out! Sports Day - River Crossing Race: The schools take their events and activities seriously. Everyone gives there all at the Sport Festival!   6th grade students performing a skit for my last class.  Students playing the game karuta.

 

Amane is the community wine shop. The owners are very friendly.  Sumo coming to Himeji. 

Last snowboarding trip of the season  -- taken the first weekend of March

 
Debby and I went to our first onsen (hot spring) in Ako (one hour drive from Himeji) with two students from Shogai University.  It was very relaxing with a gorgeous, seaside view! 

 

 Several of us from Shirasagi Residence went to Kristen (previous ASE) and Shinya’s wedding dinner at a beautiful Italian restaurant in Kobe.   The new ichi-nensei (or first year students) at the high school came with their parents for orientation.  They all sat in perfectly straight lines in the gymnasium.  I got to see the new students that I will be teaching for the specialty English class at Kotogaoka H.S.

I went on a hike with Cole, Briana, Jennifer, and Rumi.  Afterwards, we stopped to eat at this very small, secluded restaurant where I tried squid for the first time in its full form!

(starting from the top left on the light blue plate, there are two pieces of egg, miso soup, squid, rice with peas, black seaweed, some form of potato with yellow sauce, and fish)

 

Debby, our friend Shogo, and I went to the aquarium in Kyoto.  It was super crowded, but incredible!!

 

 

This is a photo of many SisterCity teachers celebrating Thanksgiving in Japan. Relationships are very important to all of us here, since we are far from home. Through our mutual support and friendship, we are able to stay healthy and happy here in Japan! Also of note is the beer-Japanese people drink beer on most occasions here, even at events when I would think a glass of wine or champagne would be more appropriate. For example, we drank only beer at my school's incredibly formal farewell party (which was held at a very expensive place that is normally reserved for weddings.) It's always an interesting experience! Kampai~! :)

 
 This is a photo from a party with local friends. The tray contains many ingredients for "Nabemono," also known as "Nabe" or "Hot Pot." It is very popular across Japan, and especially in Himeji!    This is a photo of the only snow we experienced in Himeji this winter. It was very beautiful, but was mostly melted by noon.  This is a photo of Roxanna, John, and I during the "Aki Matsuri," or "Fall Festival." We joined the local community to celebrate the end of Summer and the beginning of Autumn. The changing of seasons is very important in Japan, and is a wonderful experience. We took turns helping to carry the portable shrine, shown behind us. We also had to scream a chant over and over with the entire community as we walked around the neighborhood (following the beat of the taiko drum inside the portable shrine, and a few children who were the leaders of the chant.)

 

This is a photo from Sports Day in September. It was a wonderful experience, and my school was very passionate about this event. HirohataJunior High School is well-known in Himeji for being an excellent school, especially in regards to discipline and athletics. They have some of the most well-behaved students in Himeji, and their sport teams do very well in local and regional games/tournaments. Sports Day was a very big celebration for our school as a result.  This is a photo from New Years, at a local shrine in Tokyo. The photo captures some musicians and a lion dance (Shishi-mai) at about 3AM on New Years morning. Every region has a different style for the lion dancer's costume. It is customary to visit the shrine any time on New Years day, known as "Hatsumode." Many people get their fortunes for the new year, and if it shows that they will have bad luck, they have a chance to feed the lion dancer money and the bad fortune. The lion eats the bad luck so that people may have better luck in the new year.

 

 

 

 Coming soon.

Postcards from Himeji

  • “When I think about the last year, it is difficult to explain to others how much I have learned and experienced in 13 short months.  I have visited famous places most people only read about and also have been to places that most people don't even know exist.  I have tried many types of new and unusual food.  Many things I have tried, staples to Japanese cuisine, are unknown to eveyone that I love at home.  The world of Japanese food is much, much larger than the sushi that Japan is so famous for.  I have had to struggle with learning a new language and struggle with teaching my own language.  My students think of questions that I have never even considered and have no idea how to explain.  I have learned how to survive by myself and, when necessary, to allow myself to rely on others to survive.  Everything around me is different and new - the weather, the fashion, the culture, and my place in the world.  It is because I have had to learn (and am still learning) how to adapt to my new environment that I am by far a different person then who I was when I left America.  While it hasn't always been easy, I would not have traded my experiences for anything.” -Kristen

 

  • “I always wanted to go to Japan, but I could never afford it. Now I get paid to be here. I love going to work everyday, and I love travelling around Japan on the weekends. I have never been happier!” - John

 

  • “The best way to learn more about yourself and your own country is to go abroad and see the lives and everyday rituals of other individuals. This program allows you an insider's look into a culture that prides itself on the ironic combination of a tight homogenous population that holds a burgeoning open door attitude towards the assimilation of western culture and social mores.” -Annie

 

  • “I was so happy that my Japanese study has helped me make friends and secured wonderful accommodation (on my weekend trip). It eases the weary feet and legs to sit in hot water in the evenings. The walk this time was over a number of mountain ranges that were blissfully away from main roads and big trucks.” -Stephina

 

  • “My slow but steady progress is beginning to pay off in little ways, like the time I was able to speak in Japanese for about 5 minutes consecutively about my Thailand trip, or my ability to read some of my mail). These little things are important to me and give the much needed carrot to continue on the path to learning Japanese.” -Matthew

 

  • “I’ve joined some of the other teachers who have a Japanese cooking lesson. One of the ladies from our community lessons comes to Shirasagi and makes dinner with us. She teaches us about the different ingredients in the Japanese dishes and how to prepare them, and we help her with her English. It’s really enjoyable and I’m happy to be learning to cook Japanese food.” -Chelsey

 

  • “There have been so many more events and things that make me love this place:  eating amazing food, most of which I have no clue what it is, watching my students suit up for Kendo, staring at the crazy hairstyles of men in Osaka, staying up all night, trying to understand the fashion sense of the Japanese people, buying socks, playing with Shiba Inu puppies at a temple, walking through a mountain side shrine in Kyoto, seeing my first Buddhist ceremony, mastering riding a bike at all times of day in all weather conditions at all levels of sobriety, decorating my own apartment, meeting friends from all over the world, learning a new language, and, most importantly, learning so much about myself.” -Kristen

 

  • “There’s something rather appealing about walking down some small, unassuming street barely wide enough for an SUV, and then going into a random house with a bunch of crazy, awesome art installations. Meanwhile, high school kids biking home stare and smile at the foreigner walking through their neighborhood, and next door, an old lady hangs up the laundry.”-Rob



Jason White, Current Teach Abroad Participant



Jason White is a current teacher for Phoenix Sister Cities’ Teach Abroad program in Himeji, Japan. Having spent most of his life working in various fields, Jason is truly passionate about youth and furthering education. An alumnus of both ASU and NAU, Jason White has continually worked on mastering his own education to ensure his potential to further develop teaching skills in the classroom.


This April, Jason White was invited to present at the Osaka JALT Back to School conference. At the conference, Jason discussed the use of role-play as a way of increasing motivation and lowering anxiety for EFL and ESL students in the classroom. His presentation included a discussion about the risks and rewards involved with using role-play in the classroom, as well as several key suggestions needed for a successful implementation. His presentation also included a discussion of several components needed for the approach: situation, problem or goal, and key vocabulary and phrases. Jason ended with several examples of scenarios that can be used and implemented in EFL and ESL classes. Jason hopes that using role-play scenarios in EFL and ESL classrooms will increase motivation, lower anxiety and create classroom cohesion. The presentation was well-received by the audience and many were interested in his role-playing approach.

 

 






Live and Work Abroad for One Year in Himeji, Japan
Teach abroad applications are accepted annually. Each spring we hire new program participants. The application deadline is always in mid-February for the following academic year that starts in August. The exact teach abroad program application deadline day for 2018 will be posted in the Fall of 2017.

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APPLICATION & $25 APPLICATION FEE MUST BE RECEIVED (NOT POSTMARKED) IN OUR OFFICE BY FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2013 AT 5:00PM.  PHOENIX SISTER CITIES OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THE 20TH FLOOR OF CITY HALL.
 

 

PHOENIX SISTER CITIES
200 W. WASHINGTON ST. 20TH FLOOR
PHOENIX, AZ 85003



Adults with a four-year degree may travel to Himeji, Japan for a one-year Phoenix Sister Cities Teach Abroad Program. A sense of adventure is required, but familiarity with the Japanese language is not! This is a unique international employment opportunity, and all college majors are welcome to apply.

Phoenix Sister Cities, in cooperation with our Sister City in Himeji, Japan, annually seeks applicants for assistant language teachers who fulfill 1-2 year contracts from September to August each school year. The application deadline is in early February annually for the following school year starting in August. This program caters to individuals with or without teaching experience who enjoy a structured school environment.


 



 


 



Teachers preparing to depart for Himeji hosted for the
Japanese YA's and their Phoenix counterparts.





 

icon Frequently Asked Questions icon Salaries and Living Expenses Pre-Departure Requirements
           
           

Brief Video of Shirasagi Residence, Where our Teachers Live

Photo Gallery: See our Teachers in Action and in the Himeji Community

 

Teacher Experiences

All of our teachers come from various backgrounds and experiences. We encourage anyone interested who meets the requirements to apply. Living abroad and making a difference in a foreign country is a unique opportunity not available to everybody. Upon their return, teachers find that they have learned quite a bit from the very students they were teaching.

 

Meet our program participants - our teachers come from all different backgrounds

icon *2014 Teachers
icon 2013/2014 Teachers
icon 2012/2013 Teachers
2011/2012 Teachers
2010/2011 Teachers
icon 2009/2010 Teachers

 




Community Center Welcome Party



Jump Rope Competition - Photo by Chelsey Thomas

 

 

 Arrival in Himeji                                                                    Group preparing to depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

  

 Teachers enjoying cultural festivals



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