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  1. Re: Are there students you teach that you just dislike or are not fond of?

    Yes, this. And every year there's at least one class of JHS 3年生 that I can't wait to fucking graduate.
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    Re: Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    Vancouverites, lol
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    Re: Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    Yes! This! It was so weird meeting people in Japan from Canada and NZ and the UK that don't have a drivers license/have never had one. Boggles my mind. Unless you live in a few places in America...
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    Re: Shortlisted but no passport! Help!

    'Murica
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    Re: Online work while on JET?

    A former ALT in my area (she was a Canadian, if that makes any difference) did freelance English/French translation projects the entirely of the time that I knew her while she was on JET, and she...
  6. Thread: Moving House

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    Re: Moving House

    Sorry to hear about this shitty situation :/ I second the suggestion of getting someone at the school in question to go for bat for you with your BOE. In my case at least, I very rarely deal with the...
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    Re: Life in the inaka

    Yep. This about sums it up. I'm in a "city" of 25k in the mountains in Kansai, but this is still accurate (except I can get around my city at least on bike. For the most part)
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    Re: I don't want to leave but...

    That really sucks. The posts above about introspection/the general shittiness of JETs are not wrong, however, I wanted to share an anecdote about an acquaintance of mine that had this same situation....
  9. Thread: Moving On~

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    Re: Moving On~

    My supervisor at the BOE already asked me if I was planning on staying another year for budget purposes, but I haven't gotten any official paperwork yet. It's looking like I'll do another year just...
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    Re: Seeing Japan: What to do in each prefecture?

    Haha, what she said.
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    Re: 2016 Alternates Thread

    From the thread "Terrible interview, still got into JET?"



    For clarification, since he's referring to the U.S. process, and you seem to be in Canada, the DC score is the tally that the Embassy...
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    Re: 2016 Alternates Thread

    Whew, man, some bitter fruits there. The fact of the matter is that you don't know a) how your interview came off to the people interviewing you and b) how well other people who applied at your...
  13. Re: How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Yeah this, 100%

    (although based on her first post about needing to buy luggage, I'm assuming that she's asking for that reason)
  14. Re: How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Guidelines vary depending on which airline you fly (which can be found by googling "checked baggage" plus your airline. A cursory glance shows that most guidelines give a size that the total...
  15. Re: How much luggage to take with you when moving to Japan?

    Two full-sized suitcases (Exactly at that 50lb cut off, haha), rolling carry-on suitcase and backpack. The only thing I had mailed from home was my winter clothes, and since we arrive in summer there...
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    Re: Residence Card vs Mobile Phone Contract

    If by "proper one" you mean a new/updated residency card, I don't think that's the case. I've been here a year and still have the one with my address written in on the back.
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    Re: Residence Card vs Mobile Phone Contract

    Yep. Since they're issuing the residency cards at the airport now, I'm fairly certain everyone's card has "未定" printed on it. Once you get to where you're working and register as a resident of your...
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    Re: New skills/talents?

    I'm from North Texas. I have to agree with Virgil. More humid, certainly, but definitely not hotter.

    Forecast for my hometown is highs around 39/40 with humidity around 45%.

    Here it's around...
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    Re: New skills/talents?

    Hula dancing, oddly enough
  20. Thread: need advice

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    Re: need advice

    I feel you. I teach at 5 JHSs, and two of them are "bad schools". At the worst one they recently split all the classes in half for teaching purposes, so now each teacher only has to deal with ~15...
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    Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    That about sums it up. Also, you have to travel to do any decent shopping (The two UNIQLOs closest to me are in cities that are 40mins and one hour away by train)
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    Re: Bringing money to Japan

    Well, not totally random. Unless things have changed from last year, you should be placed with two other people of the same sex from your consulate. In my case it was also just done alphabetically by...
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    Re: Placement Map??

    Yeah, I heard from my BOE who's replacing the other ALT in our town this week, but I'm not sure when they're going to find out.
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Haha that's what I meant. Don't actually bring one from America, unless that's your thing. I only just got around to bringing mugs to my schools, haha.
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    Sticky: Re: Not so obvious advice for new ALTs

    Bring a mug to keep at your school(s) so you can drink tea/coffee like everyone else.
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