IMG_5978[1]Hello, my name is Abram Leon, and I have been working as a Coordinator for International Relations for the Toyama Prefectural Government, through the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program since August, 2014.

I am from Grahamsville, a small town in New York State about 2 hours north of New York City. I studied Biopsychology and Spanish at Tufts University in Boston, and also had the opportunity to study abroad during my junior year in Madrid, Spain. During my senior year, I decided that I wanted to explore opportunities teaching English abroad, and began studying Japanese. After graduation, I moved to Osaka, Japan, and taught English at conversation schools and an after school program from 2009 – 2012. Upon returning to the US, I moved to Lawrence, Kansas, and taught intensive elementary Spanish at the University of Kansas for 1 year, before this opportunity with Toyama Prefecture brought me back to Japan in 2014.

As a CIR, much of my work involves translating and proofreading. I also do interpreting, help organize events and exchange activities, teach English to prefectural employees, and give presentations about the United States.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing the guitar, singing, being outdoors, reading, and traveling.

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