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bigredgoofball
November 22nd, 2004, 04:14
What kinds of things did you folks put down under this question? What kinds of clubs/events/volunteer opportunities did you guys have to list here? I'm wracking my brain, personally. I went to elementary school in a largely hispanic area of Texas, but don't know if/how I should put this down as a "intercultural experience".

November 22nd, 2004, 09:41
This forum, for one! :)

If you've ever exchanged email in any language with anyone outside of the States, ever downloaded anime, ever helped kids of any ethnicity in terms of study / playing video games... put that under "culture exchange" and "non-classroom interaction". The helping bit can also go in the informal teaching experience section. Just be sure you don't embellish. You want to be able to talk intelligently about what contribution you've made, or what you've learned, from what you've written if it comes up in the intabyuu. But you know. :)

Cornelius
November 22nd, 2004, 10:42
This forum, for one! :)

If you've ever exchanged email in any language with anyone outside of the States, ever downloaded anime, ever helped kids of any ethnicity in terms of study / playing video games... put that under "culture exchange" and "non-classroom interaction".

I wouldn't put down posting on a forum, or downloading anime as culture exchange or non-classroom interaction. That would be like my saying that by putting a kettle on a stove to make tea I was participating in the study of thermodynamics.

For myself, I wrote about the fact that I lived in the US for five years, as well as the time I spent in Prague. (In my essay I was then able to mention how, while American culture is similar to UK culture, there was still some disparity between the two). I also mentioned my teaching interaction with various members of my local Korean and Japanese communities.

If I were you I would use your interaction with the hispanic culture. Something along the lines of: Grew up in a predominately hispanic culture, and learned basic communication in a non-English language (if you think about it, you probably have enough to allow you to make basic requests/pleasantries, etc).

The best bet you have is to list through all the clubs and societies you have participated in, and see if any of them have intercultural aspects. In terms of international experience - have you ever travelled anywhere? What languages do you know? Why did you learn them?

C.

Cantdosleepflower
November 22nd, 2004, 11:14
Been on a school French/German exchange? Stick it down. Been on holiday to a foreign country? Stick that down. Any of your mates at uni not American? Stick them down too. Wank over asian porn? Maybe leave that out.

David
November 22nd, 2004, 13:50
The fact that I've lived abroad got me this job, I have no doubts in my mind at all. I went to a good university got a mediocre degree and backpacked round the world working where I stopped. My interview was all about my living in other countries.

If I hadn't had been a bum for so long I'd still be dispensing dismal financial advice in London.

and sleeping under my desk but that is by the by......

Dave
November 22nd, 2004, 14:01
Yeah I think they love it when you`ve lived abroad. I think this might have had quite a bit to do with me getting a place too.

Ini
November 23rd, 2004, 01:02
I'm fairly sure the reason I got on JET, along with the reason I got Osaka, is that I did a 2 week homestay at a friend's grandparents house in Northern Osaka. They really loved that in the interview.

A whole 2 weeks???? wow you are so well travelled

bigredgoofball
November 23rd, 2004, 05:56
Hmmmm..... I walked to Mexico once. No one tried to stop me. I only got wet from the knees down. :lol: And I was, like, 5.

I'm putting down the volunteer work I didn for my Uni's Multicultural Festival (I did all their videography, and produced a recruitment video for them). I've got experience training several hundred college students in audio-visual equipment usage, and there were a fair number of exchange students in that bunch... I helped with my school's Asian Festival. I've translated english to spanish for migrant workers at the DMV, but that's just because I was tired of the counter-person speaking in english progressively slower and louder at the poor guys. :roll: I'm just not sure how much of this sounds good, and what I can ignore as irrelevant.

bigredgoofball
November 24th, 2004, 05:55
I'm fairly sure the reason I got on JET, along with the reason I got Osaka, is that I did a 2 week homestay at a friend's grandparents house in Northern Osaka. They really loved that in the interview.

A whole 2 weeks???? wow you are so well travelled

Yes, I am actually.

Hey.... at least he didn't walk. :lol:

I'd say *any* international experience is prbably good for your background on JET. 2 weeks trying to navigate Osaka is a crash course is culture shock and language... and the fact that he still wants to go back makes him just the type they're likely looking for.

Fyrey
November 24th, 2004, 14:50
I'm fairly sure the reason I got on JET, along with the reason I got Osaka, is that I did a 2 week homestay at a friend's grandparents house in Northern Osaka. They really loved that in the interview.

A whole 2 weeks???? wow you are so well travelled

Yes, I am actually.

Hey.... at least he didn't walk. :lol:

I'd say *any* international experience is prbably good for your background on JET. 2 weeks trying to navigate Osaka is a crash course is culture shock and language... and the fact that he still wants to go back makes him just the type they're likely looking for.

Wow BRG you should be on the interviewing panel.

bigredgoofball
November 25th, 2004, 02:56
....but then I wouldn't get to go... :cry:

I am fairly proud of my ability to elevate Bullshit to a near-artform, though. :lol: Good thing I don't enjoy selling used cars.