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    Or even full-time teaching jobs in a private academy. There are plenty of jobs for that. If you can afford it, just come to Korea or go to China and find a job when you get there. It's pretty easy to...
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    Re: Phone Situation Upon Arriving

    Japanese cellular carriers to get ministry call to cellphones - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun


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    Add my friend to the list. He interviewed in DC from South Carolina and was short listed.


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    Re: Packing for Japan

    You're amazing, thank you so much!!! :)


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    Re: Alternates Hangout

    Tourists . Treated differently from expats.


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    Sorry, you said you were Korean American, so I was focusing more on the Korean aspect of you.

    They are very similar, in many ways both culturally and linguistically. But if you go to one country...
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    This, for example. A surprising map of the countries that are most and least welcoming to foreigners


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    Agreed. There is some pretty delicious Korean food out there, and I certainly have my favorites. But I also prefer Japanese food, hands down.

    I also think the experience of living in either...
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    Alternates Hangout

    Pay is not higher in Korea. Certainly not at the starting rate for a first year. It may, at times, seem higher only because you get paid 2.1million won per month without worrying about rent. Take...
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    Alternates Hangout

    Good news for alternates: three people posted on Facebook that they have received their placements. One interviewed in Calgary, one in Montreal, and the other in Toronto.


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    Endowment effect...very good point. But I think my main concern is the assuming-I'll-conveniently-be-placed-near-a-city-without-a-driver's-license effect.

    In Korea we have Gmarket.com. Pretty...
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    Yeah I'm also thinking that I'll end up losing money and/or settling for a machine not as good as the one I already have.


    I would hope so, but I also am concerned that my specific placement...
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    On the same note, maybe someone can give me some constructive advice about shipping versus buying a sewing machine. I bought a nice sewing machine in Korea, I'll be in the USA for a week during my...
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    Even so, you don't have to settle for inaka just to get a good job. In working in a hagwon now, and my pay is more than decent, plus my covered rent and two way airfare back home. Yes, there are...
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    EPIK might be competitive but it's not as competitive as JET. And there are also much easier ways to get a job in Korea without a program. Plus, flights and rent are almost always covered in addition...
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    Re: Alternates Hangout

    I second this. If you are not opposed to working in Korea as a second option, working in private schools most likely, I can recommend an excellent recruiter. She got me about four job interviews...
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    There are also a lot of things on certain websites that cannot be done on a mobile device. My friend, for example, lives in Korea with only her iPad but she gets frustrated a lot because mobile...
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    Re: How will we hear?

    Both very interesting and very helpful! I was trying to figure it out on my own, but couldn't find any information as to how that worked. Thank you bunches!!!


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    Re: How will we hear?

    Sorry, could you explain the difference between local hiring and prefectural hiring? Maybe I'm missing something...if so, I'm terribly sorry!



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    Re: Alternates Hangout

    There were three CIR and nine ALT interviewees in Guam. To support your theory.


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    Have you heard of anyone getting got by "pepper method"? I was also thinking about doing this with birth control. In Korea I can get a six month supply at a time for only $20 or so per pack. Seems...
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    [ QUOTE=sharpinthefang;857051]The other option is to go for the implant. A little plastic rod which is a sub-dermal implant which sits under the skin of your non-dominant arm. It lasts 3 years, hurts...
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    Re: Alternates Hangout

    To those of you concerned with statistics:

    An earlier post mentioned an estimate of Guam getting 10 alternates. Sorry. There were 12 interviewees from Guam, according to my sources, and 3 were...
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    Re: Short-lister age demographics

    This basically represents me as well. I'm 23, but have been teaching in Korea for one year. One year of working three jobs in America before that. Graduated college two years ago. Haven't been much...
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    This. I lived in a small town in America. Hated it. I live about ten miles from Seoul, Korea now. I love it. I love being an introvert in a big city. It's far more relaxing.


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