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    Re: Volunteer Abroad

    Some links from AJET about helping in Japan.

    Volunteer & Donation Information By Prefecture

    Another really neat opportunity is peace boat. Though I cant vouch for the quality of it, sounds...
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    Re: grad school applications: a year gap?

    If I were in your shoes, I would stay another year. As long as you can handle being here. What field are you looking at, though? And making it late application dates and no GRE really limits things....
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    Re: Buying a car in Japan

    Usually you buy a car from your pred. But wait to know until you need to drive before you even worry about it.
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    Re: Critique of predeparture study

    Dude, chill out. Learn the hiragana, katakana, and some basics. Enjoy your time at home. When you get here this summer, you'll have a lot of time to study in the office.
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    Re: Return Flights

    I personally wouldn't do it. That's just so much money for a what, 12 hour flight total? Plus the risk of fronting so much money up front?
  6. Re: Being an ALT in High School vs Junior High/Elem

    It's still ESID. Seriously. I'm JHS/ES as our all the other people in my city. All of us have very different working situations. The thing about high school is the kids are either very bright or very...
  7. Re: Yachimata in Chiba: Can anyone tell me about it?

    You got a good placement as long as your rent is not too high.
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    Re: Placement requests - need advice!

    Living on an isolated island is not the same as the more moderate rural placements most JETs have.
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    Re: Placement requests - need advice!

    I'm in the most rural placement in Chiba. It's not that rural.

    Don't stress placement too much. If you don't like the placement you get, you don't have to take it. No one is making you do the JET...
  10. I spent 4 man and blew 5 nenkyu in order to...

    I spent 4 man and blew 5 nenkyu in order to finally pass the test. The test is run in a completely ridiculous way. I think anyone rather not deal with it. I`ve been driving since I was 14 years old,...
  11. Driving here is expensive and inconvenient,...

    Driving here is expensive and inconvenient, especially if you cannot convert you driver's license to a Japanese license without a practical test (and stay for a second year).

    Saying you won't...
  12. Re: If, after living in Japan for 1-5years, you could...

    Don't put that you are willing to drive! Repeat- Don't put that you willing to drive !
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    Re: JET Program to be Grounded?

    I would love to be utilized more as a JET. But there are only so many times I can take the initiative and receive zero support. There are JETs that boes and schools get their money's worth from. But...
  14. Thread: Nagoya

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    Re: Nagoya

    There's like 1 JET placement in Nagoya so good luck getting placed there!
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    Re: What is your diet? Changing eating habits?

    Extra thing to add. I think you can lose a lot of weight eating Japanese food as long as you limit eating white rice and anything that clearly is bad for you (tonkatsu, melon pan, etc). When you go...
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    Re: What is your diet? Changing eating habits?

    I've lost 50 pounds since coming here. The pluses and minuses of a Japanese diet, in my opinion.

    1. Compared to western food, portions are MUCH smaller. This is a good thing, I think.
    2. Fruits...
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    yup, everyday. i have three schools, two sho and...

    yup, everyday. i have three schools, two sho and one jhs. i alternate classes everyday for each one. i enjoy it most of the time.
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    Im in a moderately rural placement, but Ill give...

    Im in a moderately rural placement, but Ill give you the pros and cons in my opinion. These are just generalizations, of course.

    pros
    -supportive and welcoming community (usually)
    -more...
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    I brought nothing. No one cared. Save your money,...

    I brought nothing. No one cared. Save your money, seriously.
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    I wear a pair of loafers from my high school...

    I wear a pair of loafers from my high school uniform. When I visit elementary school, I simply take my shoes out of my locker and bring them with me to elementary. Any pair of shoes that provide some...
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    This will vary by boe. At mine, after being the...

    This will vary by boe. At mine, after being the ALTs babysitter for a few years, you get a kushier job.
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    Re: American Taxes

    Okay. I'm kind of freaking out. I still haven't gotten my change of address form and have yet to file my extension form. Am I SOL?
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    Re: Where to go in Southern Japan?

    Yakushima is a great place to visit. But organizing a trip is kind of complicated.
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    Re: JETs in the Inaka

    Every inaka is different, but Japan inaka is more inconvenient than inaka at home. I come from very rural Illinois and this is worse. Some of it's worse because I'm a foreigner. For instance, I have...
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    Re: Well.... I just had my interview. '10

    Sounds like it went fine! I talk pretty fast too and I got into JET fine.
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