Why serve in Japan?
Because 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. Our package is designed for a single person, and we encourage fundraising. Couples and families need both spouses to work and/or to fundraise. A significant number of staff are affiliated with a mission, and we provide fundraising assistance.
How long is your initial contract?
Our initial contract is for 1-2 years.
What’s it like to serve at OCSI?
That’s a good question! Here’s some information we trust you will find helpful:
- 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 Naha, Okinawa: New staff are to arrive by the end of July. OCSI meets new staff arriving from outside Japan at the airport in Naha, located less than an hour from OCSI.
- Church: There are English-speaking and Japanese churches within commuting distance of OCSI.
- Clothing: Styles are similar to those of Western cultures. 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 larger than a typical Japanese person, you may find it difficult to purchase clothing or shoes while in Okinawa.
- Computers: OCSI uses Macintosh computers and Chromebooks.
- Contracts: OCSI contracts are for 1-2 years.
- Email: OCSI provides new staff with a school email account.
- Food: A range of Asian and Western foods is available in stores.
- Housing: OCSI generally provides housing for staff affiliated with a Christian mission.
- Information: For further information, email the human resource manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Location: OCSI is located in Yomitan, a growing town 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: OCSI staff use local medical care. Office 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
- Program: 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.
- Professional Development: OCSI provides staff inservice programs, subscribes to professional publications, and encourages online learning.
- Salary/Benefits: To make Christian education accessible, we provide a modest salary and benefits package. Our package is designed for a single person, and we encourage fundraising. Couples and families need both spouses to work and/or to fundraise. A significant number of staff are affiliated with a mission, and we provide fundraising assistance.
- Sick Days: Staff are granted five sick days per semester and two days per summer term.
- Spiritual Support: OCSI has staff devotions, weekly chapels, and expects 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.
- Things to Bring:
- Favorite books—personal, children’s, educational (in your field), skits, and stories
- Magazine subscriptions—but there will be a higher rate for international mail
- Greeting cards
- Women’s clothing in large sizes
- Men’s clothing in some medium and large sizes
- Shoes women over size 7 (narrow or wide); men over size 10
- Linens, electric blanket (unless you like piles of blankets)
- Spices, mixes, nuts, etc. Common spices are available, but expensive. Uncommon spices are generally not available.
- Cosmetics as needed
- Nonprescription medicines (cold, children’s aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen, vitamins)
- Table games
- Transportation: Most OCSI staff drive a car, while some use bicycles. Okinawa has taxi services and public buses—there’s a bus stop within walking distance of OCSI.
- Tuition Assistance: Full-time staff receive a benefit equal to 2 tuitions. Part-time staff receive a pro-rated benefit.
- 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.