Working for The Bohme English Academy in Gifu for a year has been a rewarding and memorable experience.
I was extremely pleased to work for an organization which understands how to be supportive to its teaching stuff and at the kind of independence in which creative ideas can flourish.
This balance has helped create an environment in which teachers are enabled to grow professionally and reach their full potential and students are afforded the highest quality education.
Andrew Capillo / USA
Bohme Tergaoya was my first working experience in Japan. Owner Akemi took me under their wing and helped me in every way possible to enjoy and settle in Japan. The school quickly expanded under their stewardship and soon there were many of us "gaijin" teachers from all over the world. I was the first South African to work at Teragoya and I met my first Canadians, Australians and Americans there. The camaraderie was great and we always had opportunity to socialize with the students. I made my first and strongest friends at Bohme Teragoya, both Japanese and foreign. My memories include snowboarding expeditions, onsen visits, school parties (every western holiday), there is always something going on at Teragoya! it is a great place to work.
Georgina Read / Johannesburg, South Africa
I loved my year at Teragoya, it has been one of the best years of my life to date. It was like a second home when I arrived in Japan for my first teaching job. The schools are beautifully done, cosy and in great locations, with coffee always bubbling away. Very quickly the students and staff were like family to me. The staff and owners are very supportive and friendly to everyone and make all newcomers feel part of the school straight away. They took me on trips and showed me all the quirky restaurants and bars around the town (of which there are plenty!) and generally went out of their way to make my time in Japan a fantastic experience with memories to treasure forever. I used one of the school's bikes to get around which was perfect for Ichinomiya as the town is not too big or too small - and I always felt safe. I cannot recommend the school highly enough!
Natalie Bishop / Manchester, England
Teragoya was the right school at the right time! Not only was my time there invaluable, but I have maintained a relationship with Akemi, the owner for years afterwards. The communication between the admin staff, students and teachers was second to none. The relaxed, intimate learning environment Akemi strives to maintain is the icing on the cake, and I always look forward to hearing news about the development of the school. Teragoya comes highly recommended!
Michael Cook / Brisbane, Australia
I really enjoyed teaching at Teragoya School! It was great to see the students having so much fun learning English! And how could I forget the monthly parties, the zoo trip, the Halloween parties, the cooking classes…I miss Teragoya!!!
Rose Brisbane / Melbourne, Australia
Initially, Japan was a destination for escape from the everyday, a place to make money while traveling, a new adventure and an exciting endeavor after being locked up in the academic institution for some seventeen-odd years. Eventually, I landed in Nagoya after a long flight and a the owner of Teragoya greeted and escorted me to my new home and place of work, Ichinomiya-shi, Aichi-ken, Japan. I was made felt welcome immediately.
At first shocked and overwhelmed, wondering why I left my home country for a place so foreign and unfamiliar, I was soon comforted by the endearing Japanese character, courteousness and delightful, kind and generous in spirit and gifts. Everyday, I was welcomed and loved by my students, respected and treated with care by my employers, embraced and included by my co-workers; I never felt so fulfilled and eager to give back joy as much as I did in Japan. Aside from the great professional development in teaching English, working at Teragoya was like being paid to make friends and rich cultural exchange. Serendipitously, my experience at Teragoya led me to a Bachelor of Education and a career in International Education. I never thought a little stint in Japan would change my life and help me realize my passions and career path.
After two years, I made a family of friends, both Japanese and foreign, initially through my teaching experiences at Teragoya. Even today, after having been gone from Japan for three years, I feel a hole, a something missing from my life. Today, I have best friends from many countries, stories of an exciting youth, and an understanding and appreciation for new cultures and languages. My Japanese friends and my “family” at Teragoya are people I will always remember and return to in memory; and if money and time permits, I will visit them every year and perhaps return to teach at Teragoya again.
Thank you "Teragoya Family". I love you and miss you!
Last Updated: 22 April 2016