> a day in the life
am one of the many teaching English in Japan. I do it
in a new and interesting way. My name is Derek Maeckelburg
and I am the owner of the Smith's School of English franchise
school in Tsukaguchi, located in Amagasaki, Hyogo, Japan.
I have owned my franchise since July 2001. I'm from Quebec,
Canada and 30 years old.
I first came to Japan on a working holiday visa from Canada
in 1997, arriving in Osaka. Having known some Japanese
people in Canada who were from the Yamaguchi prefecture
in western Japan, I wanted to work there. I soon found
English teaching work there through the Working Holiday
Center, located in Osaka. After working there for about
7 months I moved to Tokyo, looking for change. I worked
there for a little less than a year. I then went traveling
in Western Europe for a few months. After my travels,
I came back to Japan and decided to teach English in Tokyo
again for one year. Next, I went back to Canada for a
while, first school and then a little work. There wasn't
much happening in Canada and all of my friends were complaining
about their future prospects. That was when I came back
to Japan and soon entered the Smith's franchise school
system. I have been in the Smith's School Of English system
since spring 2001.
purpose of this site
main objective of this site is to give you, the reader,
an idea of what to expect if you buy a Smith's School
of English franchise school, based on my own experiences.
I have also included some brief information on living
I hope it will prove helpful to you.
Tsukaguchi franchise school owner