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  1. Re: Shortlisted, but have some paperwork questions

    The first one, read the instructions given to you by your consulate. If you are completely confused, shoot them an email or give them a call.

    The second, they want your current address. The...
  2. Re: Are there students you teach that you just dislike or are not fond of?

    My recently graduated JHS 3rd years were fucking terrible (43 kids) and I hated them all.

    In their 2nd year, they were awesome, fun, good at English, and very kind to me.
    That was until the best...
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    Re: English help using social media?

    You'll get your proposal rejected.
    Even having contact outside of school with students in majority of settings would be seen as inappropriate, possibly predatory, and unprofessional.

    While it...
  4. Re: JET teaching demo PowerPoint presentation - Can you get it off the internet?

    Don't bother.
    If you have to "teach" anything during your interview, there most likely will be zero tech available.
    You'll be expected to do a demo lesson with near nothing which is expected. ...
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    Re: Medical Health Certificate?

    The form is set up really stupidly.
    I had the same exact concern as you and I went in and saw a doctor I knew for that day, wrote down "1 day" and sent it off.

    I think it would matter more your...
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    Re: Let's be honest here...

    Wanted to work in the education field but needed that 3-5 years prior experience doing shit.
    Didn't get to study abroad because of money, JET was a free ride for all that.
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    Re: Life in the inaka

    Was placed in a mountain valley town in south central Mie prefecture. 9500 people.

    Pros:
    -Super low cost of living
    -Locals are friendly and helpful
    -Small schools = better teaching and learning...
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    Re: placement preference question

    I got my first choice of prefecture. Requested rural, got rural.
    My town is a "you have to drive, or you don't go to work" kind of place.

    Owning a car here isn't as difficult as people make it...
  9. Re: Preparing for the JET Program Prior to Departure

    My JHS kids are wild and prefer to break windows and punch each other than collect stickers, haha!
    Sticker books and packs can weigh a lot after a certain amount.

    You can get a ton of stickers...
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    Re: What to wear at Elementary School

    I understand. Because I was that person. And in the end, I wish I hadn't had things "just in case".... :(
    Now I'm trying to get rid of crap.
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    Re: What to wear at Elementary School

    I'm actually taking home a lot of my business attire...
    Have one good suit, call it good. Or a mix and match set. I have a professional dress that works with my suit coat, but also pants if I'm not...
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    Re: Female ALTs wearing pants?

    It's possible you heard that from someone who was a High School ALT? I know that clothing tends to be a little more regulated at that level, but as usual, it depends on the school.

    Aside from the...
  13. Re: Preparing for the JET Program Prior to Departure

    I had teaching experience before I came, but only with adults.
    I teach JHS and ES here. They each are their own beast.
    Just show up and try your best. You can prepare all you want, but being an ALT...
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    Re: What Are Your Plans for Golden Week?

    Nope. Not at all.
    Hotels are always the top choice if I can spare some extra cash.
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    Re: What Are Your Plans for Golden Week?

    I used Airbnb once since coming here and it's not thaaaat bad. My friend and I had a really nice stay at a small inn in the middle of nowhere Hyogo. The young woman who ran it was awesome and cooked...
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    Re: What Are Your Plans for Golden Week?

    My older sister is visiting so we're traveling the Kansai area. It'll be busy as fuck, but whatever. I was able to save a crap ton of nenkyuu because i'm cheap.
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    It just means that this person has a lot of work ahead of them. It's hard teaching at Elementary Schools. At one of my schools I do all the lesson planning and preparation. My other school is 50/50....
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    A bunch of unicorns and 3rd/4th years are leaving Mie.
    My little town is also adding a 3rd ALT, but said mystery ALT is subject to teach at all 4 elementary schools regularly. Be ready.
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Word of the wise, sometimes landlords require a Japanese speaking guarantor and a Japanese speaking "emergency contact."
    A friend of mine wanted to move apartments because her BoE put her in a place...
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    Re: Intend to apply to JET in 2yrs, advice?

    Go with whatever major you want. There are people here from all majors including music, art, political science...all that biz.
    Don't tailor your life to JET. Echoing other folks above, it's a 100%...
  21. Re: Is it possible to survive a not-so-great/bad interview?

    All the otaku folks in my area are jumping ship, lol.
    They complain they need friends...but fail to realize that most of us don't want to spend our weekends in Nagoya at the Pokemon Center...

    ...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Yes. They'll have a few sets of coat racks.
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    Re: Teaching good handwriting through cursive.

    This!
    In my school district, my graduating class was the last to learn cursive formally. Most of students thereafter could barely sign their name...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    I suggest coming in 30 minutes early. It's just the right amount of time to absorb the environment and talk to people (if people want to chat).
    My friend's interview was 30 minutes later than mine,...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2016

    Man, y'all just work too hard.
    Forget practicing anything past "Why JET, Why Japan, Why Me" and relax...
    The ability to impromptu-anything (talk out your ass) here is extremely important.
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