My name is Martin, and I currently live in Japan and work as an Assistant Language Teacher. I have a BA in Communication Studies, which I earned at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, traveling to exotic locales such as Iraq, and Japan. I am ever grateful for the life experience my time in the Corps has given me.
Some time ago, I decided that I would like to make a career of teaching English as a second language. While I was able to get a teaching position in Japan with my degree alone, in an increasingly competitive job market, it is becoming ever apparent that some sort of certification is necessary to get a good job.
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is the most comprehensive and recognized English-Teaching certification available, held to the strict standards of Cambridge University.
While one can do a google search and find a plethora of online TESOL certifications with varying levels of credibility, CELTA is recognized globally. The catch: The cost of this course is over 3,000 USD. I believe in the long-run, paying for quality is better than paying for something that may not be universally recognized.
I live in a place called Awajishima, which is geographically close to the learning center in Kobe, Japan. Unfortunately, the only way to commute to Kobe is by bus (which costs around 40 USD per round trip). The reason for this hefty fare is that the bus crosses the world's largest suspension bridge, the Akashi bridge. Thankfully, the commute would only be once a week.
On top of the 3,000 USD tuition, I must factor in transportation costs ($40 round-trip every weekend for 3 months adds up), and also miscellaneous expenses such as note books, presentation materials. While the pay at my current job is sufficient for living expenses and occasional leisurely activities, it is not sufficient to incorporate this added expense. Being that this course is starting in September, and it is only held twice a year, it is somewhat pressing that I raise the necessary funds if I am to attend the next class. I need to start raising fund now.
I humbly ask for your help in this matter, and greatly appreciate any small amount you may be so inclined to contribute.
Like many, I am a person of humble origins, just trying to make a difference in the world.
Thank you so kindly for taking the time to to read this, and I sincerely appreciate any assistance you can give, no matter how big or small.