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Become a Bright Lights International Teacher

Experienced Bright Lights teachers are needed to facilitate the cultural exchange between International and American students in the Bright Lights International Program. Since the summer of 2002, Senshu Matsudo University Junior High School in Matsudo, Japan, has been sending their graduating class to Lincoln to be immersed in American culture, curriculum and language.

After connecting with students at Lux Middle School during the school year as pen pals, the Japanese students attend a week of Bright Lights summer camps with American students. These camps offer both the students from Japan and the United States an opportunity to share their cultures and languages as they build friendships during the weeklong camps. The International Program is held during the morning session of the third program week at Lux Middle School and serves anywhere from 65 - 70 Japanese students per year. American middle school students are encouraged to register for camps and become a part of this exciting cultural exchange.

Barb Highstreet serves as the coordinator of the Bright Lights International Program. In 2004, Barb spent three weeks in Japan in the Fulbright teacher exchange program and was able to visit the Senshu Matsudo University Junior High School.

For more information on teaching in the International Program, click "Contact Us" below or call the Bright Lights office at 402-420-1115.


International Teacher Expectations

In addition to the general teacher expectations and having previous Bright Lights teaching experience, teachers of the international camps will be expected to:

  • Attend four additional meetings:
    1. A meeting following the spring Teacher Meeting.
    2. An orientation meeting on the camp set-up day.
    3. Attend an hour-long teacher lunch meeting on Wednesday of the program week.
    4. An evening dinner hosted by the Japanese staff and students on Friday of the program week.
  • Teach an hour-long orientation for the American students attending the International Program at 8 AM on Monday of the program week.

Because of the increased expectations in teaching in the International Program, the teachers receive an additional $80.

Refer to the Teacher Calendar for exact days and times.

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