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Non-Official JET Applying Forum. Applying for JET or another ALT position this year? Missing the old "Aspiring" forums from Official? You've come to the right place! Feel free to ask questions, solicit advice, or seek help of any sort with the JET application process here. We'll be glad to help!

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  1. Going through the way-too-long misery of the JET Program application process? Read what previous applicants and JETs have said! You can read old SOPs here, pore through a treasure trove of advice and tips, and see what has worked (and what hasn't) in the past.

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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Started by Jiggit, July 4th, 2014 14:07
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 199
    • Views: 92,276
    June 4th, 2016, 11:04 Go to last post
  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Statement of Purpose thread: advice and people who are willing to proofread

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, September 22nd, 2014 04:48
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 169
    • Views: 59,438
    October 2nd, 2017, 08:38 Go to last post
  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Word's Formerly Secret Interview Advice

    Started by word, January 9th, 2014 10:26
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 67
    • Views: 38,014
    November 2nd, 2015, 03:20 Go to last post
  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic application info and common JET myths

    Started by Page, September 28th, 2011 12:10
    • Replies: 12
    • Views: 14,632
    October 5th, 2014, 18:54 Go to last post
  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Attention: Lurkers!

    Started by word, October 2nd, 2013 10:58
    • Replies: 11
    • Views: 12,910
    January 19th, 2016, 12:13 Go to last post
  1. Aspiring US JETs 2015

    Started by naginataonthebrain, October 3rd, 2014 06:07
    88 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 88
    • Replies: 1,757
    • Views: 279,690
    December 18th, 2015, 08:57 Go to last post
  2. 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    Started by Sherlock, March 31st, 2015 07:28
    28 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 28
    • Replies: 549
    • Views: 138,367
    January 7th, 2016, 08:22 Go to last post
  3. Alternates Hangout

    Started by LaVie, April 3rd, 2014 08:53
    50 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 50
    • Replies: 989
    • Views: 107,394
    February 27th, 2015, 14:21 Go to last post
  4. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2015

    Started by tobio, September 22nd, 2014 11:00
    29 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 29
    • Replies: 576
    • Views: 93,779
    June 29th, 2015, 13:20 Go to last post
  5. Aspiring UK 2015 JETs

    Started by T.H.S., October 18th, 2014 22:28
    27 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 27
    • Replies: 535
    • Views: 87,606
    July 13th, 2015, 21:22 Go to last post
  6. Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Started by thesquanticorn, October 31st, 2015 05:26
    39 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 39
    • Replies: 764
    • Views: 84,729
    June 7th, 2016, 08:25 Go to last post
  7. PLACEMENTS!!! 2015 General Placements Thread

    Started by gibbity, May 14th, 2015 06:05
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 362
    • Views: 76,244
    July 9th, 2015, 04:51 Go to last post
  8. Interview Advice/Prep?

    Started by weepinbell, January 13th, 2015 10:47
    23 Pages
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    • Replies: 444
    • Views: 75,609
    February 8th, 2015, 05:36 Go to last post
  9. 2016 JET Program Application

    Started by Saxman, March 24th, 2015 01:39
    19 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 19
    • Replies: 363
    • Views: 66,040
    October 17th, 2015, 00:31 Go to last post
  10. Terrible interview, still got into JET?

    Started by hiddenlee22, February 10th, 2015 01:27
    13 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 13
    • Replies: 252
    • Views: 51,189
    April 5th, 2015, 22:12 Go to last post
  11. 2015 Interview - Accepted and on thread.

    Started by sharpinthefang, January 9th, 2015 09:20
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 163
    • Views: 51,148
    April 8th, 2016, 10:22 Go to last post
  12. Japan and Phones

    Started by Viral, April 6th, 2015 04:40
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 205
    • Views: 44,985
    November 27th, 2015, 10:07 Go to last post
  13. Aspiring Australian JETs 2016

    Started by CherryChieri, October 6th, 2015 19:47
    15 Pages
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    • Replies: 282
    • Views: 44,478
    May 28th, 2016, 19:31 Go to last post
  14. 2015 Interview Results

    Started by PuddingHead, March 30th, 2015 22:46
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 223
    • Views: 41,558
    April 29th, 2015, 00:34 Go to last post
  15. Aspiring Australian 2015 JETS

    Started by blackxpetals, September 23rd, 2014 18:11
    8 Pages
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    • Replies: 140
    • Views: 37,169
    April 15th, 2015, 10:19 Go to last post
  16. 2016 Alternates Thread

    Started by simplesam, March 31st, 2016 05:07
    12 Pages
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    • Replies: 234
    • Views: 33,772
    November 12th, 2016, 19:22 Go to last post
  17. MONSTER POST: JET Interview Guide, From 5th Year JET

    Started by Apollo87, January 22nd, 2015 12:15
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 33,699
    January 30th, 2015, 01:30 Go to last post
  18. 2016 Applications: Placements Megathread

    Started by Frap, May 11th, 2016 10:42
    11 Pages
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    • Replies: 214
    • Views: 32,538
    July 9th, 2016, 10:24 Go to last post
  19. Placement Map??

    Started by Sherlock, April 26th, 2015 02:15
    7 Pages
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    • Replies: 135
    • Views: 30,915
    May 15th, 2015, 10:37 Go to last post
  20. SF Coordinator comments about driving...

    Started by JET ProgramCoordinator SF, January 14th, 2015 02:44
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 164
    • Views: 29,649
    February 4th, 2015, 04:40 Go to last post
  21. Background Check shiz

    Started by ambrosse, March 31st, 2015 10:30
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 98
    • Views: 28,676
    April 13th, 2015, 12:14 Go to last post
  22. Aspiring UK JETs 2016

    Started by haitch40, October 17th, 2015 01:37
    10 Pages
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    • Replies: 182
    • Views: 27,428
    April 2nd, 2016, 18:39 Go to last post
  23. Driving...

    Started by weepinbell, March 31st, 2015 11:16
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 85
    • Views: 27,126
    April 6th, 2015, 11:12 Go to last post
  24. For the rejected.

    Started by Rmtcts, April 2nd, 2015 20:23
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 66
    • Views: 26,286
    April 10th, 2015, 21:52 Go to last post
  25. Advice for women buying suits?

    Started by naginataonthebrain, January 14th, 2015 07:04
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 147
    • Views: 25,950
    January 22nd, 2015, 19:55 Go to last post
  26. Newbies, I want your input on ithinkimlost.com.

    Started by Beer Baron, January 14th, 2014 02:13
    9 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 9
    • Replies: 160
    • Views: 24,154
    January 29th, 2015, 08:26 Go to last post
  27. No families?

    Started by ebochan, January 13th, 2015 15:11
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 90
    • Views: 22,452
    February 2nd, 2015, 11:52 Go to last post
  28. CIR Applicants 2014

    Started by Penguee, November 6th, 2014 14:52
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 118
    • Views: 22,182
    September 19th, 2015, 14:22 Go to last post
  29. International Banking/Bringing $

    Started by weepinbell, April 16th, 2015 03:31
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 105
    • Views: 21,319
    April 21st, 2015, 15:11 Go to last post
  30. After the Excitement

    Started by balderdash7, April 6th, 2015 02:39
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 20,895
    April 24th, 2015, 06:52 Go to last post
  31. Aspiring Canadian JETs 2016

    Started by AyaReiko, September 29th, 2015 12:54
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 108
    • Views: 20,080
    May 27th, 2016, 08:33 Go to last post
  32. Stuff to bring

    Started by weepinbell, April 27th, 2015 23:14
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 114
    • Views: 19,878
    June 4th, 2015, 00:54 Go to last post
  33. Coming to Saitama

    Started by Eriasu, March 6th, 2015 23:39
    4 Pages
    1 2 3 4
    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 19,508
    March 18th, 2015, 04:55 Go to last post
  34. 2017 Hopefuls/applicants self-intro thread

    Started by Madjawa, September 29th, 2016 09:40
    6 Pages
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    • Replies: 111
    • Views: 18,286
    March 30th, 2017, 08:09 Go to last post
  35. "The Last Supper" Thread for 2015 JETs

    Started by ambrosse, May 18th, 2015 01:57
    7 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 7
    • Replies: 130
    • Views: 17,998
    June 12th, 2015, 13:17 Go to last post
  36. Piercings on the Self-Assessment Medical Form?

    Started by arual, November 13th, 2014 10:32
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 103
    • Views: 17,123
    March 10th, 2015, 08:34 Go to last post
  37. After application process?

    Started by hiddenlee22, November 21st, 2014 06:19
    6 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 6
    • Replies: 109
    • Views: 15,793
    January 10th, 2015, 01:18 Go to last post
  38. How bad is the flight, and cost for tickets for accompanying family?

    Started by starfish, January 22nd, 2015 06:40
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 86
    • Views: 15,764
    January 30th, 2015, 11:51 Go to last post
  39. Clothing advice for new JETs

    Started by Jiggit, May 14th, 2014 10:00
    8 Pages
    1 2 3 4 5 ... 8
    • Replies: 149
    • Views: 14,975
    November 2nd, 2014, 07:26 Go to last post
  40. People with offspring

    Started by squirrelmagnolia, February 9th, 2015 03:38
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 61
    • Views: 14,724
    May 19th, 2015, 21:54 Go to last post
  41. Pros and Cons of teaching different school levels

    Started by acpc2203, January 21st, 2015 02:57
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 46
    • Views: 14,410
    February 6th, 2015, 13:18 Go to last post
  42. Is it possible to survive a not-so-great/bad interview?

    Started by 7beachbum, February 2nd, 2016 13:36
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 82
    • Views: 14,183
    February 15th, 2016, 05:41 Go to last post
  43. Poll: Current/former JETs: How many schools do/did you teach in?

    Started by elmaldito, April 19th, 2015 23:17
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 44
    • Views: 13,734
    May 22nd, 2015, 15:34 Go to last post
  44. Drugs!

    Started by weepinbell, April 6th, 2015 11:00
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 56
    • Views: 13,367
    April 9th, 2015, 08:14 Go to last post
  45. Placement requests!

    Started by eeveewoo, October 23rd, 2014 15:23
    9 Pages
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    • Replies: 174
    • Views: 12,435
    November 1st, 2014, 20:57 Go to last post
  46. So who here's going for the second (or more) attempt this year?

    Started by firemarth, November 28th, 2015 15:16
    4 Pages
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    • Replies: 78
    • Views: 12,103
    December 19th, 2015, 09:05 Go to last post
  47. Aspiring Singaporean JETs 2015

    Started by shue, February 16th, 2015 12:08
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 57
    • Views: 11,967
    January 1st, 2016, 13:34 Go to last post
  48. Any early departure applicants out there?

    Started by JestersJ, February 24th, 2015 04:20
    3 Pages
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    • Replies: 54
    • Views: 11,885
    March 27th, 2015, 23:20 Go to last post
  49. placement preference question

    Started by Liamers, January 16th, 2015 09:06
    5 Pages
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    • Replies: 84
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    July 12th, 2016, 16:52 Go to last post
  50. What are my chances?

    Started by BabyKing, November 7th, 2015 04:37
    3 Pages
    1 2 3
    • Replies: 42
    • Views: 11,268
    March 2nd, 2016, 14:51 Go to last post

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