It’s been a month since I left Peru.
The initial plan in Peru was to work while refining my Spanish and to stay there about 4 or 5 months. But from the very first day, the employee who had decided to hire me as a babysitter since 2 months ago didn’t appear in the meeting place. The fact is I had no plans except that babysitter job. So I had been staying at guest houses all time in Peru. As a result, I decided to study as I had previously written in my blog.
Tourism is more prosperous out there than I thought. That seemed to be entirely counting on the tourism industry. The center of Cuzco was full of foreign tourists every day. That many people would visit Machu Picchu. Even though foreigners were overflowing, I didn’t see any contact between local Peruvians and foreigners except for the purposes of business. Peru’s prices are considerably cheaper compared to the United States and Canada. In places for tourists, of course, pricing is for them, not for local people. Speaking of restaurants, it costs more than three times than local restaurant. There is a huge gap between pricing for foreigners and locals. First of all, local people will not enter such tourist shops. So the stores used by local people and the stores used by tourists are completely different. Local people desperately try to get some money from tourists such as inducing massage, souvenirs, anywhere in the central of Cusco.
Cusco is quite famous for antiquities, most of tourists will come for them. There are antiquities everywhere in the city, but everywhere It considerably costs high entrance fee. I was quite surprised when I heard the price of the most famous Machu Picchu. Together with entrance fee and transportation fee, It cost at least US$300 or more per person. Even for tourists, it’s not cheap amount. It would be a tremendous amount for local people. I was one of the poor backpackers and I wasn’t also interested in the ruins, moreover I did not feel like going to pay that price alone. So after all it was nearly two weeks in Cuzco, I have never been any antiquities even Machu Picchu.
It costed a lot staying there rather than I thought, I couldn’t find a job with my poor Spanish language skill which is beginner level, the atmosphere like specializing by tourism industry didn’t suit, more various things affected and after all I decided to leave Peru. Additionally, for the last few days, I got sick by the climate and elevation of Cusco and I was in the bed all the time.
Peru is completely different from any other countries I have been, and was very attractive. Maybe Peru has many ruins of such historical backgrounds Besides. There are many places to visit in Peru, next time I want to travel from top to bottom.
I also went to Cusco and had a wonderful encounter. That person was one of the early childhood educator same as me. She has her own educational theory and which is totally impressive. In truth, I wanted to volunteer at her daycare and wanted to learn about her educational theory, but after thinking variously, I decided to give up to do that this time. However, I’d like to visit Cusco again and learn about her educational theory next time.



As I mentioned before, I was teaching English at two schools: a public school and a private school in the city of Pital in Colombia.
First of all, speaking of the private school, a principle of school has all power inside of the school. Also in public schools, a principle of school has all power inside the school, even though public schools publicly consist under Department of Education. I am saying schools are not closely associated to Department of Education. (That is my word and it seemed be so on my observation.) In short, all the quality of education in the school depends on only one person who is a principle.
Here is a story of a public school that I actually saw. When I was there, the payment was delayed for all teachers in the public school where my host mother works (an English teacher at the public school). In addition, she has been working overtime for about 24 hours this year, but that overtime was not also transferred to her account. Those overtime pay must be paid monthly. So she talked to her principal, but the principal refused to pay. And when she talked to Department of Education, then they said they can not do anything about the issue of not paying overtime. They gave her another option which is to take days off for the hours of overtime, instead. She had no choices, and took days off.
The other thing was when I and she were having a class, I always saw some students are playing soccer or just having chat outside. I asked her, why they always do’t have a class?She said they have a class with another English class, but the another English teacher doesn’t do anything and just let them play. I was so shocked that is happening in public school. The another teacher is one of the principal’s favorite, so even if he goes home at any time, he will be allowed. Mother, of course, was against it, but the another teacher works longer than her and the principal’s favourite, so she could’t do anything. And sadly she wasn’t one of favourite, so the principle was always being so strict to her. Other teachers don’t care about the issue, no one wants to be the principle’s opponent. No one says anything. The students in that class seem to think that they are all lucky without classes all the time and be able to play all the time. It is so sad reality that their right to receive education are taken away by the teachers who are supposed to give education to children working under Department of Education. We finally got the opportunity to receive public education freely on lots of history and sacrifices, but the reality is sadly adults are taking away the right. To be honest and frankly, there are many such lazy teachers in public schools. They are on absolutely advantageous position as a civil servant, and they are unconsciously or selfishly depriving the right of education from children, everyday. Good-dam world.
One more thing that is in private school. I was so surprised that no one had textbook. Whether to bring an English dictionary further depends on the family because parents need to pay for it. So there were very few students bringing an own dictionary. Regarding textbooks  provided by private schools are distributed to each student, but as data. So the school ask each student to bring printed copies individually. Currently there were no students doing it. Printing isn’t cheap enough. Although textbooks are’t everything, but if there is no textbooks, the time loss is large, and it is difficult to penetrate knowledge equally to each students. Every time the teacher writes the content of the lesson on the whiteboard and the student take a note. That note is everything. The point is that if you do not bring or lose that note, there is nothing. I do not know if it is on purpose, but there are several students who do not bring notes in my class or they said they don’t have them. In short, there is no textbooks, no notes, no dictionary, no knowledge of English, they don’t have anything. The lessons under that situation was pretty tough than I imagined. Because it is almost impossible to let them think new words? It is not math or science. It’s language. They need guideline or at least basic knowledge. Otherwise how can I teach them something with my poor Spanish and under the circumstances that no one has guideline or some of them have no papers. This is not called teaching techniques. This is called a big challenge or severe issue of education. Other different subject as well, teacher’s mouth is all out there. But if you answerer to 10 questions for each student, 20 or 30 students, the lesson will be over. I could’t ask parents to buy an own dictionary. So there was always a conflict about that.
The substantive educational rights possessed by each teacher is enormously large. What students learn in compulsory education depends mostly on the teacher’s hands.

その他、僕の目に留まったのは、僕とマザーが授業をしている時にいつも同じクラスだけずっと授業がないのか外で遊んでいる。マザーに聞くと、あのクラスの英語教師は授業をしないとの事。そんな事が公立学校で許されるのか?と問うと、その教師は校長のお気に入りだから好きな時に家に帰っても、授業をしなくても許されるのだと。マザーは勿論それについて反対だが、その先生の方が職歴が長くベテランだからマザーみたいに新任の教師には何もできないのだと。他の先生たちもそんな人の事なんて気にしないか、校長に目をつけられたくなくて誰も何も言わない。そのクラスの生徒たちは、自分たちだけいつも授業が無くラッキーだと思っているらしい。たくさんの歴史と犠牲の上にようやく与えられた教育を受ける権利を、教師という立場の者がそれを生徒に与える機会を奪うなんて、何とも悲しい現実だ。公立の学校にはそんな怠け者の教師が何人もいるのだという。彼らは公務員という絶対的有利な立場で、今日も   子供達の教育を受ける権利を無意識のまま、自己勝手に剥奪しているのだろう。

I never thought that I would someday stand at the platform in front of children. (I am thinking that early childhood educator is in different category)
To tell the truth, I was always thinking that I don’t want to be an elementary school, junior high school teacher in the future from I was around teenage. Because I thought that I don’t want to be a teacher for kids who are right in the midst of adolescence, because I’ve been seeing my teachers in the position of the students, how hard it is to handle 20, 30 kids, and some classes more than 40.
I was actually amazed myself that I received the offer to be an English teacher. In fact, I was imagining freely that I teach lower grades such as first grade or second grade, so I was surprised at the height of the age group of my class actually over there.
I am still not quite far away from the age of high school students (because I just graduated from high school a few years ago), so I could understand the students’ felling such as wanna skip classes somehow, just wanna play instead of studying, staring a girl that he likes. Sometimes when I see those kids, I remembered my high school memory.
Of course, the early childhood education I studied and the older age education are completely different, and to be a teacher without any  educational experience of those older ages, I straggled a lot and it made me thoughtful. There were countless things that I actually stood on the platform as a teacher.
Away from my classes, littles ones in kindergarten, first grade, second grade seemed to like me pretty much even I didn’t have their classes. After all, I realized that is my field to be in the young age group.
When I was in my teens, I never thought I will be an educator. But rather than being fascinated by the professional job as an educator, I am just fascinated by children, and I am still an educator.


I got an invitation from a teacher at a school, and I participated in the event “You Go! Global Leaders” for international students.
Many native Canadians were also participated.
I sat down at the same seat with the native Canadian of the school administrative staff and the KIng’s college students, so I was able to talk with a local student and a school staff .
For me who is new to the campus and this town, not a university student there, it was a very good opportunity to participate in the atmosphere of the local university and local students.
To be honest, the former politician Olivia Chow and a banker Jay Zhang actually did not come, as the main guest speaker who entered in the first half. Olivia Chow she talked on Skype and Jay Zhang he was recorded video. I think that Olivia who was on Skype talked a very good story, but because of poor audio, nobody who participated there couldn’t catch all words what she said. The video was better than Skype. However, as my frank impression, if there is something to tell firmly, you should talk face to face, actually right in front of people who are listening to. Because I don’t feel passion from the speaker on screen. I was a little disappointed in its first Skype. However, gladly, for the first time in my life, I got 2nd prize by lottery. I won the biography of Olivia Chow, so I will read it I have time.
In the second half, I enjoyed listening to some stories that international students who actually experienced tough time in Canada, their fun memories, and so on.
The most impressive thing was that when a native student of the moderator asked some questions such as experience, funny story, purpose on their study abroad to international students at the same university. Ones the moderator’s student asked international students about the difficulties of studying abroad. After their answer, the moderator said that it is also the responsibility of native students including himself to create a welcoming, comfy environment where international students can engage with local native students without hesitation, impressed. It is probably a value of a student unique of Canadians who grew in such a diversity country. It is very appreciated for students who do not speak English as first language from abroad, including myself, to accept the students of International with such thoughts and attitudes.
I felt that Canada continue pulling the front line in order to realize a global society where the world mutually help each other and accept different cultures and nationality to all over the world.

先日学校の先生から招してもらったインターナショナルの学生に向けたイベント”You Go! Global Leaders”に参加してきた。
正直に言うと、前半に登壇したメインのゲストスピーカー、1人はOlivia Chowという元政治家と、Jay Zhangという銀行員の2人は実際に来なかった。1人はSkypeで話をし、もう1人は録画したビデオを見ただけ。Skypeで話をしたOliviaの方は、とても良い話をしていたとは思うのだけど、オーディオが悪すぎてずっと声が途絶え途絶えで全然何を言ってるかわからなかった。ビデオの方が大分マシだった。ただ率直な感想としては、やはりしっかりと伝えたいことがあるんだったら目の前で実際に話をしてくれないとどれだけ良い話をしていても伝わらない。目の前に熱意を感じないから。その最初のSkypeには少々ガッカリした。ただ生まれて初めて、抽選で2等が当たり、そのOlivia Chowのバイオグラフィーが当たったので時間がある時にゆっくり読んでみようと思う。


I had my own classes alone for 2 months, and I fully felt how difficult is the work of the school teacher.
I heard that students’ English level is quite low at the interview before I arrive, but when I actually got there, I was so surprised about their really low English level. First of all, many of them can not to tell their age in English, even their name.
Actually that was the really first time to teach to older kids than age of under 6 or 7 which is my field as a teacher more than elementary school. I was wondering how I teach, so I was thinking various things, ways what I teach them, how I manage, what kind of games we play, what I should say with self-introduction, before travelling. The reality was what I had thought wasn’t be useful and helpful at all. Because my thoughts and ideas were all  in English. Which means they don’t understand my English at all. At all is almost 98%.
The English teacher who was offering me told enthusiastically that I am supposed to do all classes in English as much as possible for students. At the beginning, I thought Yeah, of course I’m gonna do all in English, coz it’s English class! But the fact wasn’t like that smooth and optimistic.
Now, what will happen if you try to progress all the classes in English in such circumstances? My personal conclusion is that no one attend classes = everyone gets bored within 3 minutes = no attention = can not be a lesson. This is my conclusion. I tried.
First of all, in order to carry out a class for one hour, the very first premise is to take their attention. That is the most important thing. Even in case when you contact with children or try to teach children something as well. Everything starts from to take attention from children. And beyond the first premise, how long you can attract them, how long you can keep taking their attention?
Most of students disliked or didn’t have any interests in English. I’ve also known students ‘parents are not interested in English, thinking English is not necessary for their children to live in the town. I actually talked to some my students’ parents about it.
In my very first class, I got their attention arbitrarily without any effort or struggle. Because they were interested in me who is the first Japanese and new comer for them. Not like they were interested in English.
Conclusion, 2 months of lesson, over 80% I’ve used Spanish. The first few weeks, I could not speak Spanish at all, I could not understand nether. Even now I am still beginner. But it was’n only 1 or 2 weeks visiting classes. I had to carry out the classes for two months responsibly and I had to speak Spanish forcibly and desperately even my grammar is so terrible. In the first few classes, younger students laughed at my terrible Spanish, but I didn’t care. Cause that was the only way to take their attention and carry out the class. So gradually students were used to be with my poor English and they tried to understand what I am saying. They helped my Spanish and my class a lot. And somehow I managed all classes for two months, I think I was able to carry out the class upon lots of help from other teachers and students.
To be honest speaking of my feedback, I fell like I barely handed over to 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. I couldn’t do things quietly with them, because those kids’s age is the most energetic time. They want to move and be more active. I understand that.
9th grade and11th grade are the high school student’s year in my country, and they are in the middle of the time to be adult. Some of them are always lazy to do anything. But they are the most helpful student for me. They helped me a lot and they did very well most of my class. I also enjoyed to talk to them, bout their future, their family, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, and their future.
The hardest thing was that the man who was also an English teacher and host father who hired me did not help me anything, anything. And there was almost no communication with him and the only thing he does is just give me the topic roughly that is for the class, and I need to do something with the topic. Always he just leave a topic and nothing else he gives me, even any advices. When I ask him even a small tips, he always just say make the class dynamic. That’s all. 2 months, always dynamic. That was sloppy.
After all speaking about myself, low Spanish skill. Even though it is English lesson, I strongly strongly believe that it is necessary to speak the mother tongue of the land there fluently, because it is significant to lead classes of 20 or 30 children or more than that. If I could speak more Spanish, I could lead more children in a positive way and I would have taught more various things. That’s the thing I regret myself.
I am also interested in the treatment of the principal of school who left class to Asian guy who do not understand, speak Spanish well. But all the teachers were very nice people and I could handle the classes upon all their support. I really appreciate.
What I gained in two months in Colombia, I felt lots of things and many things made me thoughtful. That all things including negative things are very valuable for my life.


I went to Peru from Colombia on October 28, 2017.
However, what I planned in Peru wasn’t go well due to various circumstances.
Actually there was a severe trouble from latter of Colombia, I know that my unlucky luck give me lots of trouble to me always, I have a big unlucky, but that case was quite massive and that almost broke my heart. The live-in babysitter job in Peru was decided few months before I go to Peru. Going to Peru motivated me to get through the bad circumstances, so also the fact that messed up my plan in Peru pokes my heart more. My unlucky is incredible. So I got no plan and for 10 days I was thinking about my next step with moving around to find cheap hostels.
I applied to another volunteer work via the workaway site that I described previous post, but I didn’t get response from that place. Thinking a lot, and after all I got in Toronto several days ago.
To be honest, I didn’t feel good to make a living in Cusco, Peru. That place is flourished upon tourist business. So there were full of tourists on the street, everywhere. I felt it’s not the place to live surrounding by bunch of tourist and merchants. Moreover, since I left Vancouver, each time when I meet new people and talk many things, I was feeling myself is so ignorance. I wanted to study more what I want to. So I decided to leave South America for a while and focus on studying in Canada. Including Spanish.
I can stay in Canada for half a year with a visitor visa, I’m planning to study maximum half a year until I can convince myself.
I’m planning to visit Uruguay again for the third visit after six months.
Regarding things, experiences in Colombia and Peru, I will upload it when I have time.
It was 3 months staying in South America considerably quite shorter than I planned first, but there are many things I’ve learned and felt in the past 3 months. I learned, life’s not gonna be like as I am planing at all. But, although such a busy, haughty my life, I think someday everything will be rewarded after all. I feel the day my dream can be seen is not so far.


This time I would like to introduce my experience of actually using workaway.
I am now teaching English at a local school in Colombia because I found the offer through workaway.
Two months ago when I was thinking how to live a few months living expenses in Uruguay before leaving Canada, my friend who has been traveling the world taught me about the workaway site.
Currently hosts are registered in this site from 170 countries around the world. That means that no matter where you go to any of the 170 countries worldwide, anyone can find a host. However it depends on a country how many host are registered. At most more than 300 hosts that you can find. Which means you have more than 300 options.
I was planning to learn Spanish in Uruguay and I was looking for a host, but I had half- year to study Spanish anyway. And I though that would be really great for me to study Spanish with being engaged in other national education in other Latin American countries instead of just focusing on studying Spanish in Uruguay. Because to know education of other countries is one of my biggest purpose and interest.
Countries close to Uruguay such as Argentina and Paraguay did not have much educational offering, and daringly extended the range of searching to Colombia and Peru. Among them, I applied for an offer of an English teacher in Colombia, and got Ok after an interview with the host. And in Peru I found a host offering a babysitter and contacted. Sooner the host said Ok kindly, so from November I’ll be a babysitter in the village Pisac located near Cusco, Peru.
As a point of looking for hosts, if you already decided to go to a country where you want to go, you should contact more than one host. If you know the date, contact as early as possible even a few months before.
The first time I began searching for hosts in Uruguay, I contacted to only one or two hosts, but I didn’t get reply at all. I finally contacted the fifth candidates that I chose and I got a reply quite sooner from the host in Colombia where I am staying right now and the host in Peru where I’ll go next. After all replies came from almost all host that I sent a contract, but some of them took a couple of months to send me back. Well, my schedule was quite hasty, though.
I would recommend to contract few or several hosts, because there are some cases that it’s already full of workawayers or the circumstances do not suit, hosts seek quite specific and high skill. There is timing and compatibility with the host.
Because of workaway, now I can be spending 0 cost unless I buy what I wanna buy following my greedy, while I’m in Colombia.
There are also some volunteer offers from local communities and NGO organizations, and you can get a volunteer opportunity with avoiding to pay $1000 or more expensive cost to some volunteer organization group. You can do volunteer work on equivalent exchange. It’s a fair, great deal, I think.




This time I’d like to introduce workaway site.
Unless you are a super rich aristocrat, you probably show know about this site before you travel. If you use this site, you would be able to travel around the world at no cost except transportation cost.
First of all, the mechanism consists of the host (host) side that offers accommodation and meals, and Workawayer (workawayer) that provides hours of work times for accommodation and meals.
Of course it is not a perfect convenient and easy way to get all meals and lodgings for all free. The host side want any helps for a hostel management, a person making a meal, helping a website creation, helping a house construction, a child’s babysitter, a language teaching activity, a gardening, etc. It really depends on needs of host side and they seek for temporary help. In addition, many hosts expect to interact with people from other countries and having different background and stories, not just want people to work. Some hosts want to improve their second language such as English or French or whatever they want through having conversation with workawayers. So interaction is one of big main parts to do workaway.
Many backpackers want to keep expenses as low as possible in workway work, but not only that, also they want to work closely with local people to get a new experience and to know the place, culture, people. If you want to just stay for free, you better to use Couch surfing.
In my opinion, it’s hard to get a local job in the countries where you go within your travel. For example, because of  visa issues. Workaway is not an official job, so you can not receive salary legally, but if you think like that you are working and making the cost free to have meals and accommodation, you could regard you are working and earning money. That’s my opinion though.
But you can’t save money with workaway, so I think it is hard to live in that country for the rest of your life, but for those who want to travel around the world or those who want to explore the world, you could probably travel without any cost except transportation. It’s surely possible.
But it’s a challenge to use workaway, whether the Host is compatible with you or not, what kind of work you actually do. Everything you’ll see when you get the actual place. But it’s an exciting part, isn’t it?
About my experiences actually living now with using workaway will be introduced in ~ part 2 ~. If you got interested, please check the site. URL is right below.


workawayを使って今生きている僕の経験談については~part 2~で紹介。



Last week I visited to Garzon where is a close town from Pital where I’m staying. And I saw a homeless boy for the first time.

There’s no homeless people in Pital. I’ve never seen.

I’ve heard there are many homeless people in bigger cities such as Bogota, Medellin, Cali. But comparing with those big cities and Garzon, Garzon is much much smaller. So I didn’t imagine that i see a homeless kid out there.

The homeless boy was sleeping on the street right in front of a bakery shop near a bank. He seemed to be about 12 to 14. He was wearing a T-shirt, half-pants, and shoes, all clothes seemed to be unwashed for a while.

He appeared to be asleep, so I didn’t try to talk to him.

I also saw some police men were taking break at the bakery shop.

That’s the reality people just pass by him regarding like he doesn’t exist. Even police men. Why can’t they or government help even one boy?

But so far, I am one of them. Maybe I seem like one of hypocrites. At least that I could do was just leave some change under his grubby T-shirt. I feel really frustrated that I can’t do anything with this myself right now.

In this world, rich people, politicians, police officers say it’s just one of social issue with like nothing care about them, like it’s inevitable. And they do nothing.  Because they don’t feel nothing, they believe they are not gonna be like them. They think they are different than having no money.

I always don’t understand, why those people who govern countries think this world could be existed for more centuries with leaving people who don’t have much income and no home, sleeping on the street, dig garbage, starve and die.

How can they abandon same humanity.

It’s the end human abandon other human.