so, I need to decide if I'm renewing my contract with Ye Ol' Eikaiwa. I have one more week to decide.
I definitely want to stay in Japan a while longer. for lots of reasons. below are my two favorite pictures of late. it's just beautiful here.
renewing with Ye Ol' Eikaiwa would, at the very least, allow me to renew my work visa.
this was from my random wandering last weekend. I stumbled on a cherry blossom veiwing part in an ancient cemetary attended by people nearly as ancient. they looked really happy.
kamakura at sunset
in response to Jim's questions, I'm posting this in comments and in here. Here are some more details of the situation:
I'll start with the most important question on there:
Teaching is what I want to be doing.
there are lots of other jobs offered in the papers and I'm better qualified than most other canidates other than that my visa expires in August.
the worst thing that will happen with Ye Ol' Eikaiwa is I renew and leave is loosing my end of contract bonus. They can't throw me in jail, revoke my visa, or kick me out of the country. the end of contract bonus is at most about $500 and I have to give 4 months notice to qualify for it.
so renewing is really less of a new year commitment and more of a commitment to give 4 month's notice before quitting.
and finally: Ye Ol' Eikaiwa does not let me pick my students/schedule/ect because I have more senority. In fact it is still likely that my position will be elliminated and I will have to move to another school. at that point I will have NO CHOICE (and I checked on that particular face) where I'm placed. could be out of the Tokyo area. could be in the sticks up in Hokkaido. or could be a big top school in Tokyo. but I have no say in what happens.
I have good students and a good schedule now (15 kids classes, 14 adult classes, but out early 3 days a week). so I'm leaning toward renewing for all of them and if I get moved somewhere I don't want to go quitting and loosing my bonus.
yeah... so that's where I am.