So, I finally gave into the burgeoning poverty and signed a contract as a "part-time ALT". 2500/hr... yeah <_< Won't have a long commute but... yeah. And that's my only source of income at the moment.
I look at eikaiwa pay rates but, sorry, that's all I can do because it's a pain in the arse for them to change my visa to Specialist in Humanities when they are hiring NOW and it's always just too sticky for them to consider that I can just get special permission from immigration to teach part time eikaiwa. Or they could just HIRE me part-time like everybody who's clawing at your Instructor visa seems to want to do. In Eikaiwa it's standard to be getting FROM 250-270,000yen per month as far as the information on various schools' websites say! In ALT world you're lucky if you're even guaranteed a salary (by which I mean no deduction of pay for national holidays, etc. when you CAN'T work just because schools are closed) or even able to breach 200,000/month. Honestly, I feel like a tool (and I don't mean monkey WRENCH).
It's been nice working in public schools, and I'm going to remain positive that things will get better in the future if I pay my dues. But, at this moment when I feel like a chump, I regret giving up my Working Holiday Visa for an Instructor one. Should have stayed at an eikaiwa til near the expiration date and got the SIH visa instead *sigh* Let's see how this all turns out.
Has anybody else ever lived on part-time ALT work?