Hey there, I’m Rika! I’m 32 and I’m originally from Canada, though I haven’t lived there in a very long time. Back in the day, I went to university and got a degree in stuff that no one cared about. I finally gave up and succumbed to a corporate job, went back to school again to get my paralegal diploma and got used to life in an office tower. I worked in Vancouver, BC in a cubicle all day for about five years as a securities legal assistant/paralegal. I made rich men richer and I scraped by, and it was not my favorite way to spend my days.
In 2012, I decided to get the hell out of there and ran away to a little island in the Caribbean called Roatan to become a scuba diving instructor and live in a tropical paradise. I did that for over four incredible years, learned a ton, got well over 1,000 dives under my belt and showed the reef to thousands of divers…and then decided to try something completely different – because why the hell not? So in 2016 I moved to Japan! I’m currently in Naruto-shi, Tokushima-ken and I work as an assistant English teacher on the JET Programme. I team-teach English classes in the public school system from kindergarten up to 9th grade, and it’s pretty ridiculous on the daily.
Since my cubicle throwdown (yes, I coined that term and it’s mine!) in 2012, I’ve become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, earned a wedding and event planner certificate, and I also got my TESOL and Teaching English to Young Learners certificates. I’ve had my travel writing published internationally, I’ve saved a man’s life, I’ve taught hundreds of people how to dive, I danced in the largest traditional dance festival in Japan, I swam with whalesharks, and I’ve pushed myself into all kinds of wild situations I never would have come across had I stayed in that cubicle. I unchained myself from my desk and am now living a serial expat life, and I couldn’t be happier with it!
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