Lenny Benologa

Nara, Japan

Hello there!

I was born in the Philippines, raised in Portland, Oregon and currently reside in Nara, Japan. After high school I got a job working for Nordstrom (which I enjoyed) up until I decided to commit four years of my life to the United States Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps took me to San Diego (MCRD) for boot camp, North Carolina for Military Occupation School (MOS), and then to my first duty station in Okinawa, Japan. After two years of life on a tropical island, I was sent to Twentynine Palms, California (out in the desert near Palm Springs) where I served the rest of my time before leaving to return to the Pacific Northwest for a college education. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting or planning on doing, but it has worked out in the longrun.

I received my AA degree from Clark College in 2012 and my Bachelor's degree in International Studies (along with a minor in Japanese) at Portland State University in 2014.

After applying and interviewing for a position with the JET program, I was pleased to be awarded the opportunity to work for them in August of 2014. With that said, I love my new life in Japan and look forward to the experiences

After three (or more?) years of the JET program, I'd like to pursue a Master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or quite possibly begin a career at a US embassy as a foreign service officer. Teach for America is also on my list of possible future contenders.

My other hobbies consist of photography, drawing, hiking, running, and basically anything 'artistic'. I consider myself to be a goal-oriented optimist that believes that all things are possible.

Thanks for taking an interest in my page and I hope to see you around!

  • Work
    • Assistant Language Teacher
  • Education
    • Portland State University