Amity Corporation

Amity Corporation

About

Amity is a leading English conversation educator for children in Japan. Amity has been providing international teaching opportunities for more than four decades at 85 branch schools throughout Japan. Amity is seeking enthusiastic and motivated professionals who enjoy working with children.

Founded
1973
Headquarters

2-3-23 Kosei-cho, Kita-ku
Okayama, Okayama
700-0985
Japan

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No, I don't recommend this program

This is the Eikaiwa that will work you the HARDEST. I work at one of the busiest branches and aside from lesson preparations, you will have to do a huge amount of paperwork (student progress, extra book sales, etc.) So, you better be prepared to come in on weekends. Amity's Management has recently made it mandatory that employees clock-out at 9:30 PM. My Japanese staff will always clock me out without asking me; then we will continue to work well past 9:30 PM. This is actually illegal and when they began this policy (to protect their company against victims of Karoshii) I lost every ounce of respect I had for this company. Instead of taking extra efforts to help the staff feel less over-worked, they just created an illegal policy to protect their reputation. The lesson materials are terribly designed. If you know very little about second language acquisition, they will appear very fun and useful, but if you really consider the design, the only required textbooks for the lesson are so shallow and so mind-numbing, that the only real rounded materials and homework have to be bought separately - and you will be made to sell these materials. Also, the materials from one year to the next transition so disproportionately, that your students will struggle and you will be forced to make heavy modifications to the lesson so the students don't quit. This will greatly add to your preparation time and take away from the lesson. Amity's management are extremely concerned with making their financial goals; so much so that they accept any and all students without trial or background check. One of my classes was completely torn apart when a student with a severe behavioral problem and extremely low English skill was placed in a very advanced class. Subsequently, some students quit and it was made very clear from that moment, Amity cares very little about actually educating their customers. Which leads me to the last point... Amity is a revolving door. Not only for the teachers, but sadly the children who are at the mercy of a very incompetent management. You will be under great pressure to work extremely hard and you will feel a great deal of guilt if you try to take days off. Also, try not to get sick, because the staff will most likely call you and ask you to come to work regardless.

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d.global27
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first experience teaching abroad. My experience with Amity was a positive one. Amity has over 70 branch schools throughout Japan. The staff at my school was very friendly and helpful. The Japanese staff and foreigners got along well. However, I have heard that at other schools this was not always the case. Amity provides a week of intensive training to get you familiar with their methods and teaching materials. Following training week, you spend a week with the teacher you will be replacing learning their class schedule. The work can be very demanding, but once you get the hang of things it becomes much easier. I worked Tuesday through Saturday, so my schedule allowed for plenty of time to travel. In regards to pay, I was paid well enough to save and do quite a bit of traveling. I never had any issues with being paid on time.

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Alumni Interviews

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Celeste Roberts

Celeste Roberts is 23 years old and taught with Amity from June 2012 to November 2012. She is from Schriever, Louisiana. She graduated from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in English - Creative Writing. You can read about her experiences in Japan at johnkeatsisnotdead.com.

What inspired you to teach ESL?

I wanted the chance to travel abroad and live in a foreign country while also teaching children and adults the English language. English is probably the most widely used global language and being able to communicate with my Japanese students and co-workers was inspiring, rewarding, and educational.

Why did you chose Amity?

I chose Amity, which used to be a part of AEON, because I wanted to try teaching various ages and education levels. I taught students as young as 1 year old to as old as 50 years old!

Describe your day to day activities as an teacher in Japan.

I went into work about 45 minutes before my scheduled time so that I could ease myself into my routine and see whether anything unexpected had popped up. I helped change humidifiers, printed out attendance, wrote out lesson plans, and prepared any props and materials necessary for my classes. Sometimes I had to interview prospective Japanese teachers. I would ask them several questions that required certain tenses (past, present, or future) and then listened to them read a short story to hear their pronunciation and test their reading comprehension. I also had to hand out fliers at the local mall sometimes or post them in a neighborhood by the school. Otherwise, I taught anywhere from five to eight classes a day from either 12 to 9, 11 to 8, or 10 to 7. At the end of the school day, everyone had to complete his or her assigned chore, which could be cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, wiping doors and walls, or cleaning windows.

How has this experience impacted your future?

After working in such a rigorous environment, I am definitely more patient and more capable of adjusting to new challenges. I feel more worldly and more tolerant of other cultures, and I want to use my experience to help myself professionally and personally so that I am a better worker and a better individual.

What is one piece of advice you would give to others thinking about teaching abroad?

Be prepared for different business practices and different attitudes about education. In my workplace, my manager preferred to micromanage everything and everyone, which could be intimidating and even felt invasive. That was just her personality, though, and the school functioned very well. Also, be sure to communicate as much as you can with your boss(es) and co-workers, If you have an unruly student or are having difficulty explaining lessons to a class, ask for help and even supervision if necessary.