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For the second time in Uruguay, I was planning to stay for more than half a year for studying. But, as I thought about it for a month after visiting Jose Mujica once, as a result of considering for a month, I decided to teach English at an elementary school in a small town 500 km away from capital city in Colombia from August 31.

Why Colombia? Cos I’ve been studying Spanish by myself in this whole month, frankly I got tired. First of all, I couldn’t concentrate on studying at a hostel where is like a club all day, and the library isn’t open on weekends and my daily movement is the hostel to the library for caring about money so much.   Also, I miss kids.

For the first reason is that I didn’t feel excited to be in Uruguay, it’s from the beginning when I arrived.

And I thought that it was meaningless even if I studied alone in the hostel thinking only about saving money, and I started searching for volunteer or jobs in South America. And it may seem like a very dangerous idea, but I am a very curious realism person which means I wanna see anything by my eyes and believe what I can see. So my crazy curious of Colombia came up from one TV show that is Netflix’s Narcos. Since I’ve known about Pablo Escobar, I have a strong impulse to go to see Colombia where he was born.

When I was looking for something to do with children in Colombia, I got the job offer to be an English teacher.

What I think is the most important thing and my curiosity is education. I want to know education systems and children in various countries. So this offer was a perfect opportunity to be able to see both the local public school and private school system. The feeling that I want to work with children more than anything else.
In the field, the schools are having a problem that is students have lack of opportunities to speak English. Because it’s quite rare tourists and people from overseas visit the town. And now, they have no volunteers and I got this offer, I’m not a native speaker though.

For me, it’s a big challenge. I don’t think my English level is low, but the way to get to a native level is still far away. In such circumstances, this opportunity to teach English to the students at schools is also a great opportunity for me to study English again finely. And also my Spanish is quite poor, so many difficult part might appear such as miscommunication or shortage of explanation. But I am so excited to do the new thing that is to teach english in outback of Colombian where is no foreigners especially Asians. I don’t think people over there have seen any Asians.

I’m planning to stay for two or three months over there. It’s totally up to an immigration officer how many days they give to my visa.

I will study Spanish, English learning, Colombian education, school system, and the history of Colombia where Pablo were born.

After Colombia, I could take a babysitter job offer in Cusco, Peru, so I will go straight to Peru, and would stay for about 3 months. And then I’ll come back to Uruguay next February or March. On the 3 visit to Uruguay, I’ll try to study under Jose Mujica.





そして、このままウルグアイで金の節約のことばかり考えてホステルで1人で勉強していてもあまり意味がないと思い、南米でボランティアかジョブを探し始めた。そして、結構危ない考えと思われるかもしれないけど、僕は何事もこの目で見ないと気が済まない性格で、NetflixのNarcosでPablo Escobarを知ってからコロンビアに行ってみたいという衝動が強かった。









I came to Uruguay 2017/08/02. This is the second time to visit Uruguay.

The purpose of the first visit to Uruguay last year was to meet the former president of Uruguay, Jose Mujica. And this second visit was to study under him that I was planing from two years ago.
I took all the credits at the college in Vancouver, afterwards I left Vancouver like I’m in a rush before I get my diploma from the school.

Before I get here and even now, I couldn’t speak Spanish at all. So, in fact, I wanted to go to Guatemala to study Spanish for 1 moths. Cos average tuition in Guatemala is cheap and basically most of lesson is one to one system. That’s the reasons why I wanted to go there. But I had no money poorly than I’ve thought, so I thought it would be somehow all right and went straight to Montevideo.
On 2 day since I got here, I went to his house. But on that day it was unfortunate that there was convention for serious political issue, which means he couldn’t accept any visitor as usual. The guy who is his guard and became my friend when I visited last time told me kindly so. But after the day, I’ve been thinking about something for nearly a month.
First of all, I can’t understand Spanish than I imagined. It’s quite serious problem. In my mind, there is some words that are similar to English, and somehow If I can feel what people are talking, I could understand. That what I thought before I get here. But it wasn’t so easy. Cos I knew I can’t even understand a normal conversation with friends at a hostel where I stayed. And I thought I can’t understand a political things even I can’t have a basic conversation first. I thought even if he accepts me pleasantly, I wouldn’t get much valuable information from him.

Secondly, I felt that I’m too ignorant about politics, world affairs, and world history, truly all.

And for the past month, I couldn’t afford to go to a language school, so I went to the library every weekdays and studied Spanish by myself.

For saving money, I’ve never eaten out, I cooked every day and reduced number of daily meal from 3 to 2 times. Average of my daily meal were about US$ 5. I ate almost the same thing everyday. For breakfast with lunch was bread with Caramel milk jam for taking more calories, for dinner I ate pasta with a pack of tomato source. When about 3 weeks past, some my friend started to say “Hey Kaito, you eat past again! Everyday pasta boy!” I was almost a pasta king haha.

It was almost a month that I decided to stop visiting him until I get better Spanish skill.  So I’ve been focusing on studying Spanish.











I personally like the country Uruguay.

The first thing I thought in Uruguay that is at the international airport Carrasco International Airport (MVD).  When I visited last year in Uruguay after I went through the  entry ports of Uruguay, there was the small tax free shop. I went through that shop and went to the lobby, there was just MacDonald for eat! Although there was only one small convenience store near the exit. On the second floor, there is an restaurant that looks fancy and expensive. And right in front of the restaurant, there is one more MacDonald! I thought I had no choice except to eat at MacDonald. So last year, when I visited Uruguay, I ate at MacDonald quite often. But this second time I haven’t eaten at there, because I turned to vegetarian.

Montevideo is a capital city in Uruguay. There is various companies gathered in Montevideo. So people gather in Montevideo seeking a job. The main street in the daytime is not very busy. But in the evening, many people returning from work and school, so it tarns to quite busy. On Saturday, the city is bustled by families with kids and couples during the daytime. On Sunday, in Ciudad Vieja where is one of famous area for sightseeing spots, there is many street markets and bustle until around 3 o’clock. But except that area, whole town is very quite as though no one lives or going out, that’s what I felt. When I was walking, cos most of houses were pulled down shouters.

Speaking of price, if you eat outside, it’s almost same as to pay in Japan, or Canada. Also you need to pay chip additionally. On the other hand, supply and daily necessary goods are not so expensive. Could be cheaper than in Japan or Canada. In this 1 months, I’ve never eaten outside. I cooked by myself at a kitchen in a hostel. For example about my foods, I ate pasta with tomato source almost everyday. 500g of pasta is about US$2, a pack of tomato source is about $2. So to use half of the pasta and the pack of tomato source, it’s about $3 for one meal. It’s in my case. Depends on what you choose.

My recommendation is to go to a street market where is few days a weeks. You could buy more fresh and cheaper vegetable and fruits than super market. Because it is coming from each farm house directly.

There is neither H&M nor Zara. There’s just few McDonald’s, Burger King and subway in downtown. But my impression is I don’t see many overseas enterprises in Uruguay, even in Montevideo. I think this country is not industrialized much. Maybe not trying. That my consideration. That’s what I like. But local people are dissatisfied with the shortage of jobs and the wages, That’s what I heard.


去年の暮れに一度ウルグアイを訪れて一番最初に思ったのは、モンテビデオのインターナショナルの空港 Carrasco International Airport (MVD)、ウルグアイに来るほとんど人が利用するこの空港に、出国口を出て小さな免税店があり、そこを通ってロビーに出ると、飲食店がマクドナルドしかない!小さなコンビニはあるけど。2階のゲート近くにもう1つレストランがあるけど、高級感があって高そうだし、オープン時間が限られてる。そしてその目の前にまたマクドナルド!もはや、マクドナルドを食べるというチョイスしかない。前回のウルグアイ訪問の時は、だいぶマクドナルドに世話になったが、ベジタリアンになった今、マクドナルドには1回も行ってない。

モンテビデオはウルグアイの都市で、色々な企業がモンテビデオに進出している。だから自然と人は仕事を求めモンテビデオに集まる。日中は一番の大通りもあまり人でごった返すことはなく静かだが、夕方になると仕事帰りの人や学校帰りの子供が多く見られ賑やかになる。土曜日も日中は親子連れやカップルで町はゆっくりとした賑やかさだが、日曜日は観光地で有名なCiudad Viejaはストリートマーケットが並び3時、4時までは賑やかだが、そこ以外は町のどこを歩いてもとても静か。町をぶらぶら歩いていても雨戸を開けている家が少なくて、本当にこの辺に人が住んでるのかな、と思うぐらい静か。








1日は24時間しかない。そこから寝る時間を引き、残った時間にどれだけ英語に浸れるか。そこがポイント。フィリピンで、僕の先生は毎日字幕なしで最低でも英語の映画を2本は見ろと言った。僕は映画が好きだから映画かTV Shaw(ドラマ)だが、それは英語の番組でもYouTubeでも何でも構わない。とにかく英語が1本だいたい2時間だとして、毎日4時間は英語に浸れということだ。僕は今でも平均毎日1本は映画を見る。




As soon as I got to Canada, I started to find a part-time job.

I felt guilty about spending without working, and after three months I started to work at a Japanese restaurant. But even it’s in Canada, there was a hierarchical society that what I hate, so I started to think why I come to Canada and I am being in a hypothetical society that I do not like, It was just beginning, and although I was not accustomed to my classes, I felt like I’m neglecting my purpose that is study. So I decided to quit the Japanese restaurant.

From about six months after I came to Canada, I began looking for a job again that could use English, to keep time to study, and I found a cleaner job at an early morning local cafe. I was able to work for a short time before going to school. I went to the interview and the manager was a very nice person and my work content was easy, so I decided to work there. For half a year I’ve been working from 4  to 6 in the early morning cafe, school from 8 to 1 in the morning, self-study and volunteering in the afternoon and sleeping at 9 in the evening.

Just as a cleaner, whatever it was a solid job, I was able to efficiently manage time, pay was good, and it was good that I didn’t have to memorize and study much.

When It was been half year since I’ve started the life working the early morning shift, gradually the life rhythm was going to be collapsed. In the last month, I couldn’t sleep at all before going to work. So I went to work without any sleep, and after work, going to school. The hardest day was Saturday. I had to go to double work without any sleep. After working the cafe, worked at a preschool from 8 am to 14, 15 o’clock. More than anything, I did’t want to show my children my tire. Desperately I was trying to be fine. Honestly I liked both work. The coworkers were really nice and friendly. I’ve never had a hard time there. But I couldn’t keep doing with the collapsed rhythm. I wanted to sleep in the night normal. So I decided to quit the cafe.

In the last six months of life in Canada, there were long vacancies for 4 months before starting the practicum 2 and a half months, and during that period I worked as a babysitter and also worked at two different daycares.

Personally, I like babysitter job very much. Because I can have more individual time with a child one to one seriously.

About the last 3 months, I’ve to the daycare for 8 hours everyday for full-time practicum and I’ve been busy. What is busy, there were many assignments. Everyday after returning from practicum, I had to prepare activities for the next day.

But, there are so many things I could learn from the both practice. It was so much fun to be with children everyday. I never forget about the time spending with children. Those are my precious memory.











一方で、カナダはもっとオープンマインドだ。幼児教育で言えば、何種類か教育スタイルはあるが、1番主流なのはエマージェントカリキュラム(Emergent Curriculum)というイタリア発祥の教育スタイルで、子供の興味、好奇心に沿って子供をポジティブに促していく。主にアートに重点を置いている。なぜならアートが子供の興味、好奇心、想像力、感性を促すのに最適だと考えるからだ。日本だと何か間違っていることをしたらすぐにNo!と言うが、カナダではNoと言う言葉を避け、ネガティブな子供の行動をポジティブに促す。1人1人の個性を大事にする。そんな教育スタイルだ。




日本の教育に対する僕の意見と、Emergent Curriculumについてはそのうち詳しく書きたいと思う。

In the field of ECE(Early Childhood Education), many people volunteer while going to school for seeking jobs after graduating from school. Because it’s a quite sure way to gain trust through volunteers and get jobs. It ‘s a kind of internship.

After I entered school for about 3 months, I started volunteering by my friends’ introduction since I got accustomed to school. I got a job offer from a preschool, which was in conjunction with a daycare that I was volunteering, and I’ve worked at the preschool for a year.

I occasionally worked as a on-call staff at the daycare where I was volunteering. I’ve worked at the preschool for one year, three months at one daycare, one and a half months with a different daycare.
Experience and trust are particularly important here than resume. It is very important to get jobs smoothly. Everything that I worked on was all introduced by my friends.

I focused more on observation various daycare than working long in the same place. Through the curriculum of the ECE program, there were many opportunities to visit daycares by observation and practical training, and I was able to see nearly 20 different places.

The difference between volunteering and actually getting paid is  heavy responsibility. Volunteer is totally up to a day care, what you can do and what you can learn. There are various experiences, and sometimes it is used for being overworked and challenged. But mainly volunteer students can not take responsibility, so I couldn’t help other teachers such as taking their part of jobs. Basically I was playing with children.

I’ve worked in the position of a teacher and I felt the difficulty as a real paid worker. As a volunteer, I can spend a lot of time with each child while playing with a child, but when I become a teacher I have to steer a class with dozens of children, if I look around the whole thing, I am having less time with each child. Especially there are more children in a class. I’ve also worked at a Family Daycares (It’s to keep children up to 6 to 8 at home) and I could get more time with each child, I prefer to have a small group. But It’s rally fun to play with dozens of children in a group day care, but it is very hard to take care of all of them.

初めに、日本では馴染みの無いカナダ(広く言えば英語圏全般)の保育園、幼稚園について少し説明したいと思う。日本でいう保育園は、英語圏ではDaycare(デイケア)、幼稚園はPreschool(プリスクール)。デイケアは1日保育で、プリスクールは1日最大で4時間まで、主に学習をメインとしている。こっちでは、5歳までは特に子供をどこかに預けなくてはいけないという義務はなく、基本的に親が仕事で家にいないと子供を預けて、平日で仕事の休みがある家庭は週に2、3日だけとか子供を預けたい日だけ預け、できるだけ親と過ごせる時間は平日であっても、子供は親といることが多い。プリスクールは基本的に半日保育だから、通う親は時間に融通の利く人が多い。プリスクールとデイケアで資格は別れてはいなく、同じ資格(Early Childhood Educator CertificateかEarly Childhood Educator Assistant Certificate)で働くことができる。資格にも大学卒かカレッジ(専門学校)卒か多少の違いはあるけれど、資格自体は一緒だから僕の知る限りではカレッジで早く資格を取ってる人が大多数。専門の職業だから、日本みたいに大学卒かどうかなんてうるさくない。興味がある人は調べてみて。