Today is World Teachers Day and Project Trust would like to congratulate all our volunteer teachers, past and present, for their fantastic work.

Theresa Peteranna is one of our 2015/16 Language Linking, Global Thinking volunteers. She’s volunteering as a teacher in Japan and through the Language Linking Global Thinking scheme is linked to a class in Kirkwall Grammar school in Orkney, Scotland. She told us why she wanted to volunteer as a teacher:

“Before I was placed in Japan I knew I wanted to teach with Project Trust, whatever country I was chosen for. My mother is a teacher so I’ve been wondering for a while whether or not it runs in my blood. I wanted to learn how to project my voice, how to effectively plan and organise a class and involve myself in the community through a rapport with teachers and students.

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Theresa in Japan

“I remember once watching a Tim Minchin speech when he said that at one point in your life, everyone should be a teacher. He said: “Share your ideas. Don’t take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn, and spray it.” As a Language Linking Global Thinking participant, I’m passionate about global citizenship and realise that global citizenship and education go hand and in hand.

“As of right now, my partner Eloise and I are assistant teachers. This is a good set of training-wheels but I’m looking forward to gaining responsibility in the classroom and getting a chance to figure out whether a career in education is for me.”

Below is Theresa’s first message to the class at Kirkwall Grammar school. You can follow her Language Linking, Global Thinking blog here.

Hey Language Linkers Global Thinkers!

Konnichiwa!

I’m sorry it has taken so long to check in with you. It has nearly been a full month since I arrived in the Land of The Rising Sun and despite the rapid pace of the city I seem to be in no rush to settle in. I will write a blog of my first major experiences very soon but this is a short introduction post to find out a little bit about who will be your eyes and ears in Japan for the next year. It’s a shame I didn’t get to meet you before I left but it’ll be even more interesting to meet you when I get back.

My name is Theresa, I’m eighteen years old and I finished high school at Culloden Academy before the summer. I lived in Inverness and before that South Uist, so I have a little inside knowledge of Hebridean life. This year I’m volunteering in Japan through Project Trust before studying English at Aberdeen University. I’m hoping this experience will set me up for a life of being a good global citizen and gives me the opportunity to get under the skin of a new culture. Along the way there will be some teaching, some travelling, and lots of interesting food.

Although my name is Theresa Peteranna, here it translates to Pe-Ta-A-Na Te-Ri-Sa. So for the year, please feel free to call me Terisa-Chan! Or Sensei, if you feel like it.

Project Trust's 2015/16 Japan volunteers.

Project Trust’s 2015/16 Japan volunteers.

As well as this corner of the internet for LLGT, I have another blog here which details a lot of my experiences which you are more than welcome to read. It also is a good archive of my fundraising experiences with the Project Trust and how I got here.

I will use this site WordPress as a format for pictures and communication with commenting features. So please feel free to ask me any questions about myself and Japan and tell me what you think.

Project Trust have placed me in Tokyo for the year. Well… I technically live in the Kanagawa Prefecture, on the other side of the Tama River, which means I commute about half an hour to work like many locals (it’s no too bad when your local train stops at Shibuya). With Eloise, my volunteering partner, we work at Showa Women’s University which also has a kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and British school under its belt.

I’m currently trying to organise a perfect partner class for you all. As I work three days in the elementary school and two days in the Centre for International Exchange, I’m looking to match-up Kirkwall Grammar with middle school students closer to your age.

I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing my experiences in this incredible country with you. I hope it will inspire you to make progress with your Japanese learning too (which I know is no easy task, I’m secretly hoping this blog will encourage me to learn in order to keep up with you all!). I’ll be posting a few key phrases with every post but if there are any topics you think would be particularly helpful please let me know.

I’ve also found some very kawaii sheets for Katakana, Hiragana and some basics which you might like to look at:

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I hope both sides can gain a lot from this experience. You have a lot of freedom to find out all you can from me and on the other side, I have lots of ideas on how to link the schools. Please comment with some suggestions of what you might like to do. Maybe this blog will even encourage a few of you to take the leap and volunteer abroad yourselves!

Basically, I’m really looking forward to this and I hope you are too.

Terisa-Chan x