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Explore

 

Series

Explore. Exchange. Experience

The Japan Bound Explore Series is an opportunity for our students to explore new worlds from the comfort of their home. The one-off sessions provided by our experienced and relatable mentors afford our students great insight into the different aspects of Japan and what it's like to visit. We hope these courses will serve as a foundation for our students to have meaningful interactions with their peers from across the globe and maybe some day lead to a trip to Japan!

Explore Series

IMPORTANT: This is for NZIIU students only! NZIIU students please look at the courses below and decide which ones you're interested in taking. Before completing payment for your desired courses, please use the form above to sign up for your desired time and register your email with us. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at japanbound@gpius.net

Tokyo Pt.1

Date: Friday October 2, 2020

  • Slot 1: 9:00am - 10:00am NZST    OPEN

  • Slot 2: 10:30am - 11:30am NZST  OPEN

  • Slot 3: 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZST   OPEN

Course Description: This course is the first part of a greater journey through Japan. It will serve as your brief introduction to Japan before we dive into a few neighborhoods of Tokyo. We will explore the subcultures that exist throughout the neighborhoods ofTokyo and discover that there is much more to Tokyo (and Japan) than meets the eye!

Facilitator: Tyler Bartels

NZIIU Promo Pricing:

$3 USD

*Usual price is $18 USD, this special rate is thanks to NZIIU subsidies!

Tokyo Pt.2

Dates: Coming Soon

Course Description: This course is the second part of a greater journey through Japan. It will build upon some of the things we explore in PART 1. We will further explore the subcultures that exist throughout Tokyo and discover that there is much more to Tokyo than meets the eye! We will be visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market and Sensoji Temple among other places.

Interested in taking this course? Reach out to us via this form.

Facilitator: Tyler Bartels

Price:

$18 USD

*Standard Explore Pricing

Kyoto

Date: Saturday October 3, 2020

    • Slot 1: 9:00am - 10:00am NZST    OPEN

    • Slot 2: 10:30am - 11:30am NZST  OPEN

    • Slot 3: 12:00pm - 1:00pm NZST   OPEN

Course Description: Similar to Tokyo, Kyoto has its own intricacies and unique aspects, but it won’t look anything like what you saw in Tokyo. Kyoto is known as the "culture capital" of Japan for a reason. In Kyoto, you will continue to develop your cross-cultural competency skills and discover many new perspectives as we explore the traditions of Japan that are preserved not just in the buildings of the city, but the people. 

Facilitator: Tyler Bartels

NZIIU Promo Pricing:

$3 USD 

*Usual price is $18 USD, this special rate is thanks to NZIIU subsidies!

Intro to Food

Dates: Coming Soon

Course Description: This course is the second part of a greater journey through Japan. It will build upon some of the things we explore in PART 1. We will further explore the subcultures that exist throughout Tokyo and discover that there is much more to Tokyo than meets the eye! We will be visiting the Tsukiji Fish Market and Sensoji Temple among other places.

Interested in taking this course? Reach out to us via this form.

Facilitator: Sam Yee

Price:

$18 USD

*Standard Explore Pricing

Kerry, W.

"Faith loved this class, she is fascinated by Japan. The class was engaging and the Teacher was great, he even provided additional information after the class. She will be signing up for Part 2."

Mali, N.

"My daughter says it was VERY informative and she learned so much more about Japan. She’s all in for more classes from Mr. Tyler!"

Andi, M.

"Fantastic class with a knowledgeable and patient teacher. My son was totally lit up and excited to explore more after class. A great class to really explore the day to day life in Tokyo"

Tyler Bartels

"Nothing is ever real until it is experienced"
 

Hello! My name is Tyler. I have a Bachelor's in International Relations with a focus on East Asia and Japanese. I am also TEFL certified and hold the second highest Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Certification (N2). Beyond the nitty gritty, what makes me qualified to teach your children?

 

I love to explore new cultures and learn about the different perspectives and identities that exist across the world. I’ve lived all over the United States, traveled across the world, and spent time in Japan as well. I’ve taught in classrooms both in the U.S. and Japan, and my students have ranged from ages 4 to 80! Some of my favorite experiences have been running volunteer English courses in rural Japan and coaching youth soccer and basketball. Much of my teaching has centered around the concepts of global citizenship, self-empowerment, leadership skills, and ESL. I also believe that mentorship is incredibly important, so I try to incorporate this into interactions with my students whenever possible.

Lastly, I want to leave you with one of my favorite quotes by the Dalai Lama that I think embodies the idea of discovering new perspectives and understanding the world around us: “Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible.” See you in class!

 

Sam Yee

"Never underestimate your potential to change someone's life forever"

Hi everyone, it’s a pleasure to connect with you! My name is Sam and I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

I went to University of California, Davis, where I studied psychology, communications and education.For the past 8 years, it has been my passion to empower youth while bridging the U.S.-Japan relationship. My passion sparked in 2012, where I volunteered for the Tomodachi Program at UC Berkeley to mentor Japanese students affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. I enjoyed the experience of being a youth mentor and cross-cultural educator, and I have continued to fill that role for kids both in Japan and the US. I also taught English on Awaji Island in Japan for 2 years with the JET Program, where I gained firsthand experience of Japan’s education system, culture, and social climate.

I’d like to leave you with my favorite Japanese word, and that is “kikkake”. This is the idea that any moment, event, and meeting has the potential to spark positive change in someone’s life forever. The world is full of these sorts of opportunities, changing the course of our lives in ways we can never imagine.  I’m a huge believer in this idea, and I hope I can be that “kikkake” for students here on Outschool. I look forward to seeing you in my class!

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