7.18.2006

夏休み (Natsu yasumi...summer vacation!)

I am officially on my summer vacation. It was a little weird going half-way through July before the summer break, and having started in the middle of April, I am hardly feeling as burnt as I usually do after the school year.

I am officially employed by a company named 'X. 'X' is one of four organizations that provide ALTs to the Nagoya Board of Education. The others are JET, which is a Government organization, Altia and I forgot to remember the other one. This is the first year that 'X' has been in the ALT business. You should never do anything for the first time. My direct supervisor's other job is as a music promoter...I will let you imagine what happens when a music promoter is given responsibility for 30 teachers. In the first week or so, I heard him say 3 or 4 times that the teachers at the schools seem nice, but they are not like us, they are government people and you can't really trust them. Being one of them, I wasn't terribly impressed.

Every other Monday, we have a staff meeting at the 'X' office in downtown Nagoya. At our last meeting, it was suggested that in order to improve our teaching that we should make sure that we don't put our hands in our pockets because Japanese people don't usually do that. It was pointed out that we were hired because we do things differently, we are expected to be different.

It was also suggested that after the summer holidays, in the few days before school starts, we should all go down to the 'X' office and let them know that we are ready to work. The plain answer to that was 'no'. It would cost me close to 2000 yen (20 bucks) to make that journey, when the same could be accomplished with a phone-call.

The boss persisted. We resisted.

The boss looked to his boss. She said ok, but we would prefer if you came down here.

Then they came up with this brilliant idea to have a training session this week. This training session would be 3 hours long, again, at the 'X' office. The training session would not be mandatory. It would not be paid. I had to think about that one for about as long as it took to stop laughing. I have better things to do with my holiday than travel an hour into Nagoya (in the pouring rain as it turns out), sit for three hours listening to someone tell me about how to keep my hands out of my pockets, and not get paid for it. I don't think anyone will be going to the training.

So, I have 6 weeks off...woohoo! Made the most of my day off today by hopping on my bike and going for a nice long, fast ride. Twas glorious!

Cheers,
Colin

1 comment:

Linea said...

Lucky guy!! A real summer holiday!

Enjoy!