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h2k12



Joined: 19 Jun 2012
Posts: 6
Location: UK

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:20 am    Post subject: Kobe Reply with quote

Hi,

Is anybody working ion Kobe or have any experience of working there?

How was it? And do you have any recommendations?

Thanks.
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GordR



Joined: 24 Jan 2012
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Location: Kobe, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I am here now and it is a great city.

As far as work goes, it depends on your education and experience.
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h2k12



Joined: 19 Jun 2012
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Location: UK

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a TEFL qualification and BA Degree, both from the UK.

Only tentatively starting to look for information and ideally have joined here to get some recommendations and warnings of place to go and not to go.

I have yet to apply for a job nor have I had one teaching English yet.
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G Cthulhu



Joined: 07 Feb 2003
Posts: 1320
Location: Way, way off course.

PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Kobe Reply with quote

Allow me to offer a contrasting opinion. I hate Kobe. With a passion. Smile

It's a concrete MOD EDIT, devoid of culture or elegance, and populated by the MOD EDIT of Japanese society. It is a magnet for all the worst in non-Japanese and the gaijin "slums" are depressing for the arrogance and ignorance MOD EDIT. I actually prefer being within ~10km of a US military bases with all that entails rather than ever spend another minute in Kobe.

*YMMV* Smile
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GordR



Joined: 24 Jan 2012
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Location: Kobe, Japan

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are you asking about Kobe? Without experience and only a BA, I would throw your net wider than just here. Tokyo and Osaka would offer far more choices. I really like Kobe, but I am half way between Kobe and Osaka. Not a lot of nature, mind you...
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mitsui



Joined: 10 Jun 2007
Posts: 533
Location: Kawasaki

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kobe is a good place. There is nature. In fact you can go hiking behind the shinkansen station.

Maybe you should try the eikaiwa called Nichibei. I think they are in Sannomiya.
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h2k12



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am interested in Kansai, the ideal would be Kyoto but realistically without any experience I need to look elsewhere.

I would be looking for a first job.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Osaka. There is more work there than in Kyoto.
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h2k12



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your input so far.

Now are there certain schools that I need to avoid like the plague?
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually Nichibei is in Kyoto too.
Also they are in Umeda, Tennoji and Namba.

I don`t know which schools are bad.

ALT jobs in Osaka prefecture are also a possibility.
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h2k12



Joined: 19 Jun 2012
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for all your help.

I'm assuming that by Nichibei, that you mean Nichibei English Service? Or is there another one?
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mitsui



Joined: 10 Jun 2007
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Location: Kawasaki

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think so.

In Tokyo there are at least two different Nichibei schools, but just one in Kansai.
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Tiger Beer



Joined: 08 Feb 2003
Posts: 755
Location: Hong Kong

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2012 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kobe is one of my favorite cities in all of Japan, by far.

Love the way the moutains slide right towards the ocean. Just a beautiful city, in my opinion.
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DtlaCuriousity



Joined: 15 Mar 2012
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it really depends where in Kobe you are and what exactly you are looking for in location. I am in Kobe right now...only two stations away from Sannomiya. Sannomiya seems to be the urban center of Kobe - the heart of the city. Very close to everything. Although I am very close in proximity - culturally and surroundings wise - it seems like I am in a developing country's urbanized tropical village. I absolutely see no foreigners around - just a bunch of little kids and very old people. This makes it harder to adjust and hard to see why so many people enjoy Kobe so much. I will say, the parts in and around Sannomiya do seem really nice.
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mitsui



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Location: Kawasaki

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well spend time in Kitano.
Have some ethnic food in Sannomiya.
Go hike a mountain nearby.

Spend time in Tokyo, learn Japanese then go to Hyogo. I prefer the people there. They aren`t so stuck up.

Kobe is good because you can get around on foot, and you do not need a car.
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