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    Re: Going back to school

    I want to get my teaching license too, but for secondary education in Minnesota that requires you to get a master's degree, and included a one year practicum. Plus my work load right now is actually...
  2. Thread: Issues with JTE

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    Re: Issues with JTE

    I'd do a little subtle complaining to another teacher under the guise of "have you noticed that JTE B's level of formality changes depending on who he's talking to?" and then let it go. If that...
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    Re: What do you do when you get homesick?

    For me, what seems to help is watching some American TV/movies, eating food I really like, and going to visit my former host family as often as I can. People who know and like me! Wow, what a nice...
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    Re: Travelling Recommendations

    I'll go ahead and pimp out my two favorite areas in Ehime - Uchiko has a fantastic old-fashioned Japanese street downtown with a bunch of artisanal crafts, a bunch of really good restaurants...
  5. Thread: Breaking Contract

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    Re: Breaking Contract

    I second what the others said about joining a club or class, and trying to find meaning outside of work by making friends with either other ALTs or Japanese people. That said, I know it can be hard...
  6. Re: Seeking Advice: Trying to figure out who would make the best references

    No, that's not correct - last year was also letters, at least in the US, where I applied from. I suppose it could be different in other countries, but I've never heard of anywhere that had...
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    Re: 2015 JET Alternates Thread

    I will say that in my city, one of the incoming ALTs decided three weeks go not to accept the placement after all, so someone will be being upgraded and sent here soon, if the upgrade hasn't occurred...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    I just heard back from BBapply, and he said that he couldn't find any Hikari, ADSL or cable internet services in my area - only dial-up. So, maybe Flets isn't available, after all? I'll have to check...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    That's true. I'll see... I was thinking that perhaps the BOE owned the house or something, and in that case I'd have to discuss it with them. But if it's a situation where they don't need to be...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    That's a lot of really solid advice - thanks guys!

    I'll go ahead and (quietly) check with my landlord to see if they have an agreement with any providers once I arrive.

    Luckily, I do speak...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Awesome - I really appreciate it, Upgrayedd!

    I hadn't heard of Flet's before, so I'm guessing the other Ozu ALTs and the BOE don't use it/aren't aware of it. But that's great to see that hikari...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Hijikawa-cho, which is part of Ozu-shi.

    I submitted a check with BBapply yesterday, so we'll see what they have to say.

    Apparently the house doesn't even have a land line to use for dial-up......
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Unfortunately, my pred didn't have any information, as it sounds like when she arrived the BOE basically told her that tethering through Docomo was literally her only option, and signed her up for...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    I'll look into ADSL. I tried looking to see if it was available in my town by putting in the phone numbers of various local businesses, but all of them came back with an error message, so I'll ask my...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Oh really? I will definitely check into that, then. Thanks for the heads-up!
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    I think I just found out the worst part - no Hikari in my town from any of the carriers, meaning that my only options for internet will be dial-up or tethering (which is apparently incredibly slow in...
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    Re: Aspiring Canadian JETs 2015

    I'm in the same boat. I figure I'll bring it and use it until it dies or becomes too outdated to function. I can't really afford a new laptop at the moment with having to save up for Japan! If you...
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    Re: Aspiring US JETs 2015

    I've had good luck with button-downs from Land's End. They button all the way up. I actually have to go pick up another white one tomorrow...
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    Re: Peoples preferred prefectures?

    I'm pretty sure there's no way to know. With so many thousands of prefectures, municipalities and individual schools hiring, there's simply no way to find out what any one of them is looking for.
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    Re: 2016 JET Program Application

    I was in Nykoping, a little town about an hour south of Stockholm. I would say that about half to two-thirds of my classmates spoke English really well, but my host family (including siblings), most...
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    Re: 2016 JET Program Application

    WORD.

    Also, I think part of my issue was that I expected life in Japan to be hard - to not be able to communicate or make friends, that the culture would be really different, etc. And when I had a...
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    Re: Peoples preferred prefectures?

    Hahaha. My mom is freaked out because she thinks I'm going to get hit by a tsunami. Never mind that I'm in the mountains an hour away from the ocean, and Ehime faces the Inland Sea...

    I actually...
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    Re: Peoples preferred prefectures?

    I wanted anywhere in Shikoku/Kyushu because of my host family, nice weather (I was so unbelievably sick of Minnesota winters), cheaper cost of living, and a greater chance to live in a smaller...
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    Re: 2016 JET Program Application

    I lived in Sweden as well, and surprisingly I actually had a harder time there than in Japan. In the area I was in, a lot of people didn't speak English well or at all (including my host family), and...
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    Re: Best and worst parts of Rural life in Japan

    Ooh, that sounds nice - rural town with easy access to non-inaka!

    I'm going to be an hour away from the nearest train station. There's a bus that comes four times a day to a small city half an...
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