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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.



From 08/31, I came to a small town called Pital in the district of Columbia’s Huila.

From the capital city of Bogota to the Neiva airport via the domestic flight. Pital is located  in southern Huila, 100 km further from the airport of Nea.
Approximately 3000 people live in this town. There is just 2 schools,  one is public and the other on is private school. This town are surrounded by mountains, and the nearest neighbor town is about 4 km away.

There is no Japanese, Asian people, even tourists are totally rarely visited.

I started to volunteer as a English teacher at the schools in this town.

I got here through the site called “workaway”.

The site called workaway is offering a system which is travellers such as a backpacker who provides a few hours of labor time and receive accommodation and meals for free from hosts.

When I was thinking about various things in Uruguay, I was searching for volunteer offers in Colombia by workaway and found the offer for this occasion.

A Colombian couple who are hosts of me, is a local Colombian English teacher. They want to give an opportunity to talk to English to people who speak English and from other countries for students whose English level is very low and luck of motivation about English, and keep students’ motivation up. The Colombian couple is trying to encourage local students to learn English for their future and country.

Personally, I want to see and learn various national education with this my own. For those my purpose, I thought that this is a very rare opportunity to be a part of member in the local school.

Some people may think volunteer is a kind of meaningful because no pay provided. But It’s really hard to observe a local school without connection in the community or country where you’re going, moreover if you are outsider for the community, that would be harder, because you are unfamiliar and don’t have trust from communities. In case you want to get pay for work at a public school, you would need to take a qualification of a teacher of that country.

In these days, you need to pay a high cost to a organization or management group for applying volunteer work. So this offer which is accommodation and meals provided is a quite lucky opportunity, I think.



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。