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    Default 2009 Upgrades

    I think the title says it all. Post in this thread when you receive an upgrade notice and be showered with congratulations (and/or jealousy?) by your fellow alternates. Also, feel free to post any theories, conspiracies, rants, or anything else alternate-related.

    I borrowed the list of alternates from The Official 2009 JET Application Thread. If you are an alternate and your name is not on the list, please post your name and consulate and I'll get you on there.

    I know there's a lot of orange right now, but I wanted to be able to differentiate once we all (hopefully) get our upgrade notices!


    Australia
    Brisbane
    bilo_girl | Alternate
    thebleached1 | Upgraded - May 14th

    Melbourne
    thebigeasy | Alternate

    Sydney
    aussiejap | Alternate


    Canada
    Calgary
    Choobear | Alternate


    Ottawa
    Pip | Alternate
    Nej | Alternate

    Toronto
    jeanne | Alternate
    saikick | Alternate (CIR)
    opkal | Alternate
    Sun Kil Moon | Alternate

    Vancouver
    chutoro | Alternate
    blackfish| Alternate


    Ireland
    Dublin
    IrelandCalling4 | Alternate
    Meister | Alternate


    New Zealand
    Wellington
    musselboy | Alternate



    United Kingdom
    Edinburgh
    princessgarnet | Upgraded - April 29th
    Alibo | Alternate

    London
    abovethebeyond | Alternate
    Antonath | Upgraded - June 8th
    Beat | Alternate
    DialSquare | Alternate
    Dickinson | Upgraded - April 30th
    halohalo | Upgraded - June 4th
    nickoakden | Alternate
    raincake | Alternate
    Shichiman | Alternate
    vixwantstotryjapan Alternate

    United States
    Atlanta
    cicatrice | Alternate
    Isaac | Withdrew
    Kill_bot | Alternate
    Moose | Alternate
    FuzzyWuzzy | Alternate

    Boston
    Banana | Alternate
    eglantine | Upgraded - May 1st
    GriggsJS | Alternate
    pinpon | Alternate
    The_AL_Man |
    Alternate

    Chicago
    capn jazz | Upgraded - April 24th
    Chewy | Upgraded - June 8th (CIR)
    delandbeforetime | Alternate
    Freyanator | Alternate
    Happyscrappy | Alternate
    meganekko | Alternate
    miss. m |Upgraded - May 1st
    ne-tokun | Upgraded - May 1st
    rain_endless | Alternate
    strawberrypi | Alternate
    mdt0310 | Alternate

    Denver
    boukyaku | Alternate
    casper | Alternate
    Gemini205 | Alternate
    Menelaus | Alternate
    Paule | Alternate
    deedoubleyou | Upgraded (posted on official JET forum)

    Detroit
    Ali_E | Alternate
    euphoriafish | Alternate
    fidelity | Alternate
    holytao | Alternate
    mercurynin | Alternate
    Ruth | Alternate
    SSB1 | Alternate
    stellagetdown | Alternate
    TheSpartanPope | Upgraded - April 30th | DECLINED - May 12th
    vdogvictor | Alternate

    Hagatna, Guam
    Snolygoster | Alternate


    Houston
    Alicec18 | Alternate (CIR)
    mighty_adam | Upgraded - May 11th

    Los Angeles
    dregs | Alternate
    MinaPi | Alternate
    MissMaudlin | Alternate
    Mrs_Poz | Alternate
    jmoriarty84 | Alternate
    VeryDanger | Alternate
    ant | Alternate
    seemeplay | Upgraded - June 4th
    kennydagiggler | Upgraded - June 6th

    Miami
    dandevine | Alternate
    hayashirice03 | Alternate
    jth784 | Alternate

    New York
    chissprincess |
    Upgraded - May 1st
    flying_sound | Upgraded - May 1st
    hakugene | Alternate
    heyitsme | Upgraded - May 1st
    IceCreamNinja | Alternate
    kredman | Alternate
    usagi | Alternate
    vipsania | Upgraded (CIR) - May 1st
    averagejou | Upgraded - May 1st
    VirusFM | Upgraded - June 1st

    Phoenix
    Zara | Upgraded - May 8th

    Portland
    azuki | Alternate
    haveasoda | Alternate
    Hive | Alternate
    knuth12 | Alternate
    lauralyn | Alternate
    nnb | Alternate
    NarwhalTortellini | Alternate

    San Francisco
    butterforfilm
    |Upgraded - April 28th
    f1ape | Alternate
    oldtombombadil | Alternate
    SoafieLoafy | Upgraded - May 4th
    whammythefool | Alternate
    zephyr | Alternate

    Seattle
    Allgunspoolside| Upgraded - May 6th
    thanh | Alternate

    Washington, DC
    Keichan | Alternate
    lobdale | Alternate
    maidenindigo | Alternate
    Phoenix | Alternate
    privatecrunch | Upgraded - May 4th
    PunkFelix | Upgraded - May 4th
    ryebot | Upgraded - May 4th
    studyanewlanguage | Upgraded - May 4th
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    Default Re: Official Upgrades Thread 2009

    Nice thread

    Try to avoid posting anything other than upgrade info here to avoid it turning into a 80 page monster that makes updating it a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azrael View Post
    Nice thread

    Try to avoid posting anything other than upgrade info here to avoid it turning into a 80 page monster that makes updating it a nightmare.
    What about discussion of upgrades in general? I figured it would be easier than having two separate threads.

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    Discussion on updates is fine, just use your heads and keep it on topic

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    A little inspirational speech to help us AALTs (Alternate Assistant Language Teachers) through the hard times while we wait for upgrades:

    Blood alone moves the wheels of history! Have you ever asked yourselves in an hour of meditation, which everyone finds during the day, how long we have been striving for greatness? Not only the years we’ve been at war… the war of waiting. But from the moment, as a child, we realized that the world could be conquered. It has been a lifetime struggle, a never-ending fight, I say to you. And you will understand that it is a privilege to fight! We are warriors! Alternates of JET, I ask you, once more rise and be worthy of this historical hour! Yes! Yes!
    No revolution is worth anything unless it can defend itself! Some people will tell you “Alternate” is a bad word. They’ll conjure up images of fat kids in PE and benchwarmers in sports. This is our duty to change their perception. I say, AALT men … and women … of the world, unite! We must never acquiesce, for it is together, together, that we prevail! We must never cede control of the motherland for it is…
    Everyone together: Together that we prevail!
    An inspirational speech from Sir. Dwight K. Schrute.

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    Hey, I have a friend in Denver who got a call saying he was upgraded just a couple of days after the original e-mails came out. Even though he's not on this board, I figured I'd share the good news!

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    Default Re: Official Upgrades Thread 2009

    Even though that makes me insanely jealous, feel free to pass on an insignificant person's congrats! I'm sure he deserved it! I wonder who the first person on this site will be to get an upgrade (if there is one).

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    hello! *waves* i'm new here, and i'm an alternate for chicago. my fingers have gotten cramped from being crossed for so long, but luckily i have some friends who are crossing theirs for me, too.

    personally, i was thrilled even to get offered an alternate position. from my point of view, i've never done worse in an interview—probably because i've never been more nervous in my life—and i was sure i would never get any kind of offer. still, waiting is hard.

    i look forward to seeing how the upgrades progress!

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    I hearty welcome to one and all, just remember if you want adding to the list don't forget to say which consulate you applied through

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    Default Re: Official Upgrades Thread 2009

    So does anyone know if alternates are upgraded based on consulates/country/one big ass list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choobear View Post
    So does anyone know if alternates are upgraded based on consulates/country/one big ass list?
    I believe it depends on exactly what the BoE wants

    So if the school wants a 5'5 centaur with a blonde mane who prefers a bow and arrow for a weapon from Toronto, then they'll check the list(out of a rated score for Toronto) for the highest rated centaur fitting such description

    I know some places that had a canadian leave, would only take a canadian in their place(but sometimes this isn't true).
    Depends on what the BoE wants

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    This is what the vancouver embassy faq says about this:

    An alternate is offered a position under the following circumstances:
    1. A short-listed, Vancouver participant declines their position.
    2. A current JET participant changes their mind about renewing and the Vancouver Consulate is asked to provide an alternate candidate
    3. Another Embassy or Consulate (in Canada or abroad) depletes their alternate list and the Vancouver Consulate is asked to provide an alternate candidate.

    The JET Programme cannot foresee when participants will withdraw, and as such, cannot guarantee when a position will be offered. Alternate candidates will be contacted as positions become available. Positions can become available well-after the initial departure date (August 1).


    In alternate limbo.

    Oh Canucks, oh

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    Default Re: Official Upgrades Thread 2009

    so it seems that upgrades happen mostly within each consulate... meaning if you applied through a consulate that has a lower withdraw rate, you are less likely to be upgraded?

    having applied through the LA consulate (since I live in Arizona) this is not comforting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zara View Post
    so it seems that upgrades happen mostly within each consulate... meaning if you applied through a consulate that has a lower withdraw rate, you are less likely to be upgraded?

    having applied through the LA consulate (since I live in Arizona) this is not comforting...
    I'm guessing that they at least try to take on only as many alternates they need based on previous years, so it's possible the LA consulate also took on fewer alternates than, say, Chicago. I would think your chances wouldn't be significantly worse than any other alternate's.


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    Quote Originally Posted by delandbeforetime View Post
    I'm guessing that they at least try to take on only as many alternates they need based on previous years, so it's possible the LA consulate also took on fewer alternates than, say, Chicago. I would think your chances wouldn't be significantly worse than any other alternate's.
    that makes sense, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by holytao View Post
    holytao here

    I'm an alternate out of Detroit
    another one?!

    wtf detroit? wtf are you doing to us!

    EDIT: just to make this post kind of useful, if you haven't found out your position on the list yet she is very nice about giving you a general idea. I recommend an E-mail over calling though.

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    Shichiman | London | Alternate

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdogvictor View Post
    another one?!

    wtf detroit? wtf are you doing to us!

    EDIT: just to make this post kind of useful, if you haven't found out your position on the list yet she is very nice about giving you a general idea. I recommend an E-mail over calling though.
    I mean, really! I've heard of exactly two shortlisters out of Detroit: someone here, and a friend of mine.

    Anyway, mercurynin | Detroit | Alternate

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    Quote Originally Posted by mercurynin View Post
    I mean, really! I've heard of exactly two shortlisters out of Detroit: someone here, and a friend of mine.

    Anyway, mercurynin | Detroit | Alternate
    Maybe the Detroit consulate only got 2 shortlist spots? I knew I should've applied out of Chicago...

    I'm hoping the (very nice) program coordinator in Detroit is willing to give more specific indications of position on the alternate list after the reply forms are due.

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    I'm really not expecting the Detroit alternate list to move much considering how unhealthy our local economy was even before the rest of the country's started to suck. I guess we'll get a decent idea after the reply forms are all in and the first batch of upgrades happens in a couple weeks.
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