I’m 32 and currently a 4th grade teacher. I’ve been teaching for about 2 years and subbing for 5+. I have a childhood friend who teaches in Tokyo and has gotten me excited about the possibility of teaching in Japan. I have nothing tying my down here in US. No kids, Mortgage, car payments, debt gf etc etc. I would simply like to know as much helpful info that I can use for hopefully teaching after I finish my school year here (June). Short resume: I have a B.A. in liberal arts as well as a teaching credential from CA (which is apparently the most difficult state to get one from). I am also in the process of adding a single subject teaching credential. I speak Fluent Spanish as well. I have been studying Japanese for about a year and can have basic conversations however I plan to plunge deeper into my studies in these next 5 months or so. I have a specialty with working with EL’s about half my students are EL’s presently (English learners) and have been A.V.I.D and G.L.A.D. trained (these are skills that train teachers to better work with EL’s) I want to prepare myself for the possibility of teaching there and want to know what companies are best for my particular background, when is the best time to apply and how one can get specific placements in big cities, I’d love to teach with my friend in Toyko but that might be asking too much. I basically want to be pointed at the right direction. Thank you.