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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

British Hills in Fukushima Prefecture

Pictured: British Hills School in Fukushima Prefecture

I had heard about British Hills from a student of mine. She had attended classes there twice in the past and raved about it. She said it was like studying in the
English countryside. Yet it is located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

"British Hills resembles a small British countryside village complete with castle, British style guesthouses, English speakers, country gardens and surroundings. Even the weather seems British! You are accommodated in luxury style fully furnished and serviced guesthouses. Similar to Bed and Breakfast cottages in England. There are between 20 and 30 apartments in each of the 8 guesthouses depending on the size of the house and of course the apartment. Each rooms can sleep between one and four guests. Every guesthouse has its own large luxurious lounge which is suitable for conference for up to 40 people; however it is also private and cosy enough for 1 or 2 people. All interiors are of a typical British Victorian style complete with imported fabrics and heavy well crafted wood and steel furniture. The main classroom and conference facilities, reception, main dining hall, library, indoor sporting and relaxation facilities and Chapel, are housed in the main castle-like Manor House. Also on the premises are the Craft House, the real English Pub, The Souvenir Shop and staff accommodation, external sporting facilities and the nature trail."--from the British Hills website

"Accommodation: "20,000 a month plus utilities, basic furnishings." Paid
holidays, completion bonus, health insurance, six weeks unpaid holidays, company
car for travel to and from work, and 50,000 social insurance allowance."--from a
British Hills employment ad

Contact Heather Kompa. British Hills. 1-8 Aza Shibakusa, Oaza
Tarao, Tenei Mura, Iwase Gun, Fukushima 962-0622.

"Full-time, 40 working hours/week, 5 days/week, 8 hours/day. 300,000yen/month.
Teach English and British Culture to students from elementary to college
students, and adults. "We teach students a variety of classes that fit into the
following categories: English, Travel English, Cultural, Art and Craft, Activity
based classes, Elementary classes, Business and Adults, as well as courses
tailored to specific company or school needs." Teaching location Tenei Mura in
Hatori Kogen. The nearest train station is Shin-Shirakawa."--from a British Hills
employment ad

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  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Mike said...

    “British Hills is a resort where Japanese people of all ages come to experience British culture and to improve their English speaking ability. Our foreign staff perform all their duties in English and are encouraged to interact with all of our guests in English . . . . Due to visa restrictions applicants must be citizens of the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand and be 25 years or younger …”

    “Due to visa requirements”?! Who are they kidding?! That is sheer bullocks as the British would call it, for it is very clear that British Hills does NOT hire “bloody Americans”; pure racial discrimination if I ever saw it. I might understand if this was because they only hire people with British accents—since they are selling the culture, lifestyle and atmosphere of UK—but this argument doesn’t hold when you allow applicants outside of UK, especially Canadians who sound just like Americans! You mean that your foreign staff performs all of their duties in British (!) English! What complete and utter bullocks! Still bitter from the War of 1812!? Ha! You, bigots, disgust me!

  • At 9:27 PM , Blogger Kimry said...

    not to get too far off topic, but..."mike" - do you actually know that what you are claiming is true? As a Canadian who has travelled and worked in other Commonwealth countries - which is the requirement here for British Hills, because I've looked at their postings - I can tell you that the rules for travel and work between Commonwealth countries are different and eaiser. Less red tape, etc. If they are a British company, which I think they probably are, I am guessing (I don't know) that is some link between that and their wish to hire from Commonwealth countries, regardless of speaking accent. Possibly a lot less hassle and admin for them. I suspect that you may not even know what the Commonwealth is, and so have gone off on a raving rant without...actually knowing anything about it.
    Sigh. Bloody Americans... (just kidding!)

  • At 9:32 PM , Blogger Kimry said...

    actually, just realized the age limit as, mike, I can tell you exactly what kind of working visa they are using and unfortunately, American citizens would not be eligible for it, only Commonwealth citizens. So there you go. If you hadn't thrown that tea party in Boston, you would be eligible, too.


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