08/01/2019 - 21/12/2019
I am a 25 year old Canadian from Niagara Falls, Ontario and will be spending 2019 in Japan on a Working Holiday Visa. I have already spent more than a year in Japan (one year as an eikaiwa English teacher in Kumamoto city and three months doing a couple Workaways in Kyoto at a guesthouse and Okayama at a rural home). Despite spending this much time in Japan, I hardly learned any Japanese, partly due to lack of effort and partly because all of the Japanese people I spent my time with could speak English (and wanted to practice speaking in English with me). I only learned hiragana and katakana, and basic everyday phrases (こんにちわ、いただきます、初めまして、おやすみなさい、美味しい、etc.).
After returning home to Canada earlier this year, I realized I missed Japan and its people a lot. I probably want to do some kind of work in the future that involves Japan and its people in some way (maybe Tokyo Olympics 2020, tour company, diplomatic work, etc.). The first step is learning Japanese so I can communicate better with its people and understand its culture on a deeper level. My priority for my working holiday in 2019 then is to learn Japanese and gain fluency as fast as possible while building new friendships and learning more about the culture and traditions.
I approach Workaway arrangements will the same level of commitment and professionalism as anything else. I am conscientious, adaptable, easygoing, and reliable. My hobbies include long distance running (hoping to run a marathon somewhere in Japan in fall 2019), hiking, cycling, watching hockey (of course, I'm Canadian!), and I have an interest in Buddhism.
[Note: This is my basic introduction in Japanese, but it has been edited a little bit by a Japanese friend because there were some grammar mistakes before. My Japanese level is not quite this good.]
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Corporate/Professional/Computer/Data Analysis: As part of my degree program, I completed two paid internships, one in an IT role at an insurance company and one as part of an actuarial (i.e. insurance math) team at an international consulting company.
Teaching: I taught English to adult students for one year at an eikaiwa in Kumamoto city. Prior to that, I taught English for two months under a WorkAway arrangement in rural Okayama.
Outdoor/Gardening/Farming: This past spring I spent two months tree planting (often considered one of the most difficult jobs mentally and physically in the world, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxR02N-Sauk). I have also worked for two summers at a greenhouse and have volunteered on organic farms in Canada and Taiwan.
Cleaning: I volunteered for one month at a guesthouse in Kyoto as part of the cleaning staff. My cleanliness and hygiene standards are high.
English, very basic Japanese
I do not have a Facebook account, but here is my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/adam-fundytus-b959a4111
Special dietary requirements