It’s my fault for agreeing to it, but I wanted to earn a bit of income to compensate for the three unpaid days I had last month. I was given a chance to go and teach some business English lessons in Hitachi. Don’t quote me on this one, but I think the job is paying just over 3000 yen per hour, which will be a much needed boost. I teach a full day on Saturday and like a half-day on Sunday (about 4 hours). The round trip from Tsukuba to Hitachi is around 2500 yen per day. That would potentially be 7500 yen in travel expenses.
But I’m not panicking. The good thing is, travel expenses will be reimbursed…whew!. In addition, to cut down on the amount I’ll have to pay, I will be staying in a company-sponsored hotel…double whew (thanks again, Interac)!
I potentially could be teaching one day next week as well, but I’ll do what I have to do take some of the financial sting off my summer vacation. If you aren’t familiar with ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) work here in Japan, during your summer vacation, you get 60% of your paycheck. 60% of my pay wouldn’t provide me enough income to really do anything special during the summer, so instead, I’m trying to find other means. Hard work is something I don’t really mind doing, I think my folks did a good job of instilling that in me. But if there’s any way for me to work smarter, I’d be completely open to it.
On the positive side of things, this is a chance for me to see a part of Ibaraki I’ve never seen before. I have heard of Hitachi but I know absolutely nothing about it. I don’t know if there’s anything special in that city, but I’ll try to see what I can see with the little time I have there.
Odds are, I’ll probably be posting twice tomorrow. I’ll try to make an article that’s on the useful side and the other may be a little bit on the silly side. I figure I’ll need a good laugh by the end of this weekend, that way things won’t be so bad.
On the grind, with my chin up, though…
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