In this podcast Charlie talks to Diego, a successful university and international school teacher in Japan. He is the most conscientious teacher I know, and his students love him way more than mine do.

We will talk about:

  • Diego’s rocky start in Japan – from out in the middle of nowhere with screaming, crying children and a roach infested apartment, to the biggest city in the world.
  • Using Craigslist ads (link to article about using IFTTT to take all the hard work out of this) to find golden opportunities that most people miss.
  • Volunteering to find killer jobs that are almost never advertised on jobs boards.
  • Finding positive communities on forums like r/teachinginjapan where people aren’t so toxic. This is thanks, in large part, to moderators enforcing community standards, which makes it a much nicer community to be a part of.
  • Avoiding negativity online and believing in yourself and your ability to make a bigger impact (and more money).
  • Don’t let anyone stop you from trying to build a better life for yourself!

Arthur Zetes from IU-Connect

Diego looking ready to crush an interview

Our book, The Smart Guide to Teaching English in Japan has been out for almost a year now. It has helped so many foreigners to find better paying and more fulfilling work in Japan. It has all 5* reviews on Amazon at the time this podcast is coming out, and I think it’s because there is nowhere else online or offline to find the kinds of strategies we talk about here. You can find it on Amazon by just searching in the bar for “Teach English in Japan”, or you can learn more if you follow the link HERE.


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