Why serve in Japan?
Because only a few in Japan know Jesus. At Okinawa Christian School International, you can use Christian education to reach children for Jesus.
Where are your students from?
Our 400+ PreK-12 students are primarily from Japan and the US.
What is Okinawa Christian School International like?
Our PreK-12 program is Biblically based, addresses the whole person, is communicated in English, and uses an American-style approach. We start classes in August and end in June.
What is your salary and benefits package?
To make Christian education accessible, we provide a modest salary and benefits package. A significant number of staff are affiliated with a mission, and are encouraged to fundraise.
What is it like to serve at OCSI?
Here are some helpful information:
- Accreditation: Since 1981, OCSI has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Since 1991, OCSI has also been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International.
- Arrival in Okinawa: New staff arrive by August 1, in time for staff orientation.
- Church: There are English-speaking and Japanese churches within driving distance of OCSI.
- Clothing: During the summer, lightweight cotton blends are most comfortable. Rainwear and sweaters are good for winter. As it is the custom here to remove your shoes upon entering a home, shoes that are easy to slip on and off would be most convenient. If you are taller/larger than a typical Japanese person, you may find it difficult to purchase clothing or shoes while in Japan.
- Food: A range of Asian and Western foods is available in stores and restaurants.
- Housing: OCSI provides housing for staff affiliated with a Christian mission.
- Location: OCSI is located in Yomitan, a growing village in central Okinawa with an approximate population of 41,000. OCSI is within walking distance of stores, restaurants, medical facilities, bus stops, and the beach.
- Medical Care: Japanese-speaking staff can answer questions, help with scheduling appointments, and give advice. Pharmacies fill prescriptions from local doctors and are unable to fill prescriptions from doctors outside Japan. Drug stores have a selection of general medications, but if you have a specific brand you use, please bring them with you, since medications are quite different here than in the US.
- Professional Development: OCSI provides staff in-service programs, subscribes to professional publications, and encourages online learning.
- Spiritual Support: OCSI has staff devotions, weekly chapels, and encourages staff to participate in a local church.
- Taxes: All staff file and pay Japanese taxes. Directions are available in English, and a tax consultant is available to complete Japanese tax forms for a modest fee. Expatriate staff may also have to pay taxes in their home countries.
- Transportation: Most OCSI staff drive a car (bring International Driving Permit), while some use bicycles. Okinawa has taxi services and public buses-there’s a bus stop within walking distance of OCSI.
- Weather: Okinawa’s climate is similar to that of Southern Florida. The summer is very hot and humid. During the winter, the climate can get very cool and damp, but snow and ice are unheard of. Light summer clothing and warm winter clothing are necessary.