Vancouver Life/バンクーバーでの生活

August 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

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.

カナダに着いてすぐにパートタイムで働こうと思い、着いてからすぐに仕事を探し始めた。

働かないで過ごすことに罪悪感があって、来て3ヶ月経ってからとりあえずジャパニーズレストランで働き始めた。でもそこはカナダでも店の中はガッチガチの日本人、上下関係社会で、すぐになぜ僕はカナダにまで来て自分が嫌いな上下関係社会に身を置いていることが嫌になり、さらにカレッジが始まったばかりで、まだ授業にも慣れていないのに仕事をして勉強がおろそかになってきたことがストレスですぐに辞めた。

カナダに来てちょうど半年が経ったぐらいから、もっと勉強時間を損なわない、英語を使える仕事を探し始め、早朝のローカルカフェでのクリーナーの仕事を見つけた。その仕事だと学校に行く前に短時間働くことができて、面接に行ったらマネージャーもとてもいい人で、仕事内容も比較的簡単だったからそこに決めた。そこから半年間は、早朝4時から6時カフェで働き、朝8時から13時まで学校、午後は自習やボランティアをし、夜は9時には寝るような生活をした。日本だとクリーナーと聞くと、汚く給料も安く、かっこよくない仕事に聞こえるだろう。それは僕の祖母と叔父がそういう仕事をしている中で、そういう評価を周りからされてきた影響でそう思う。ただクリーナーだろうがなんだろうが1つのしっかりしたジョブだし、時間帯も効率よくでき、給料もよく、何より覚えることが少なかったのが良かった。

ただ半年その生活を続けていると段々と生活リズムが崩れてきて、最後の方は仕事前にほとんど寝ることができず、仕事が終わって一睡もせず学校に行くことが増え、何よりも土曜日のプリスクールの仕事が辛かった。一睡もできず早朝仕事に行き、その後朝8時から14、15時までプリスクールで仕事。何よりも自分がすごく疲れている様子を子供にも他の先生にも見せたくなくて必死だった。生活リズムが崩れたことで、仕事も職場も好きだったが半年ちょっとでその仕事も辞めた。

カナダ生活最後の半年は、2ヶ月半の実習期間の前に3、4ヶ月と長い空き期間があり、その時期はベビーシッターと2箇所違うデイケアを掛け持ちして働いていた。

個人的に、ベビーシッターというジョブはとても好きだ。何よりも子供と一対一で真剣に向き合うことができるところが何といっても魅力だ。

最後の3ヶ月ほどはフルタイムの実習で毎日8時間デイケアに行き忙しかった。何が忙しいかって、課題多い。毎日毎日実習から帰ると次の日のアクティビティーを考え、課題をして毎日が終わっていた。でも、2つ行った実習先どちらからも学ぶことがとても多く、何よりも子供といるのが楽しすぎて、最後には僕にとってとても思い出に残る貴重な時間となった。

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