I’m forever thankful that I had the opportunity to student teach in Japan. Coming to a country as a tourist is amazing, but teaching in a school and experiencing every day life here is a different world. Both experiences are valuable, but there are so many things here that I’ve had the opportunity to experience only because I’m teaching in a kindergarten.
Field trips are a prime example of this. My school arranges many field trips and experiences for the children at the school. Every month, there are at least a few things planned. One of these things was a visit from the local firefighters. They came with their firetruck to give a demonstration for the kids and to answer any questions they had about what they do.
Would I be able to experience this as a tourist? Most likely not. It’s a sweet glimpse into the everyday life of people living here. I’ll never truly understand it, but opportunities like these teach me a little more about life here than just being a typical tourist.
The kids were very excited, as most kids are at this age when seeing a fire truck in person surrounded by firefighters. They eagerly asked questions and listened to the firefighters as they explained about the different features of their fire truck and what each thing does. The kids were able to touch different things and satisfy their curiosity.
It always amazes me how child friendly the people who come to do these types of things for the kids are. They always seem enthusiastic, listen carefully and play around with everyone. Even the smallest child was taken seriously. I had an “Aww…” moment when a girl from the one year old class pointed to the fire truck and the firefighter immediately crouched down to her level and talked with her. Adorable!
I learned a few things, too! Japanese fire trucks are a little smaller than American ones. It was interesting to look around and see the different set up that they had. A few of the teachers even got to try on the firefighter’s uniform, which brought a lot of laughter for everyone. No matter how old you get, everyone still loves to dress up and do a little role play! 😉