Peppy Kids Club is yet another private English conversation chain school. Run by iTTTi Japan for children from 2.5 years old to high-school aged. As of 2012, Peppy Kids Club has over 1150 locations with 95,000 students in every prefecture except Okinawa. Wikipedia. The whole operation is run out of the head office in Aichi prefecture in Nagoya and it has a foreign staff of over 400 teachers.
Peppy Kids Club and the Raw Basics
Housing Arrangements for Peppy Kids Club
Housing is made available and is furnished. Reikin, shikikin and other charges are paid by PKC. Or PKC actually owns the building and says they pay it but regardless you don't fork out money as landlord gifts.
The apartment is furnished. So you only pay rent and utilities. Like most large chain schools the don't expect extravagant sizes or amenities. They will find you a 1dk or possibly a 2dk if you're extremely lucky. If you don't know what a 1dk is ,you will after reading this link.
"We usually hold at least one training session every month, so you are welcome to apply anytime during the year."
"The initial employment period is approximately one year. Teachers who demonstrate exemplary performance during this employment period receive the option of extending" Hmm... Okay, what exactly does exemplary mean? Perhaps we are getting a bit on the subjective side here.
"We look for highly enthusiastic people who will enjoy working with children and teaching them English. We also want people who are able to work independently and meet the challenges of living in a foreign country. All of our foreign teachers must have complete control of the English language and therefore we focus on native English-speaking candidates" - according to their website.
Our read on this: Primarily they hire from Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Ireland and South Africa, this basically means that similar to Aeon, Geos, Nova Holdings and to some or a minor extent Berlitz and ECC, their hiring managers will favor these candidates over other applicants who may very well be native level fluent but whose passport doesn't make the cut.
In other words a native level fluent applicant who holds a passport from Germany would have trouble getting hired with this organization.Here are some interview tips for such candidates.
ESL teachers with littlle or no experience are readily hired by Peppy Kids Club. What exactly does this mean? Basically, youth. Just like the JET Program which in a sense is a cultural and language exchange based program also favors younger teachers.
But honestly, how can you exactly blame them as how many super energetic 60 year old teachers do you know of that could match the shear knock down power of a 25 year old day in and day out for the duration of the entire teaching year. This situation is quite similar to Amity the children's branch of Aeon and children's based education in general throughout Japan.
Also similar to almost all of the really large English school chains, their recruitment process is basically the same regarding location. You can request, for example, Kyoto in your application but that doesn't mean that they will honor your request so you very well might wind up in Sapporo or some other area.
One thing to note, unlike the JET Program which is notorious for placing their English teachers in quite rural locations, PKC doesn't quite as much. Why? The Market dictates this. Quite simply, there is more money to be made from setting up shop in areas where there is a high enough population density versus viable competitors. Demographics and analysis plays the lead roll. But rural settings happen with fair frequency.
Peppy Kids Club and a Few Notable Differences
Unlike ALT work which is a situation where the ESL teacher is working in the capacity of an assistant the head language teacher who more or less calls the shots, PKC teachers are not saddled with working under the shadow of the JELT or Japanese head teacher. Make no mistake, this doesn't mean that you are free to take the curriculum into territories you prefer. You'll be given a canned curriculum and will be expected to follow it pretty much to the letter.
Also unlike other private English school branches, the bulk of the teaching at Peppy Kids Club runs off the back of the Japanese teacher. So 75% of a given classes lessons are taught by a Japanese and the remaining 25% is taught by a foreign teacher. What this means is that you will be rotated through various locations and won't see the same kids again and again. If you are not into developing deep relations with students then it's an ideal job. If not, you might find something lacking.
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