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    Hey,
    Any JETs in Nara at the moment? What are the chances I will be placed here and whats it like. For some reason, which i forget now, this was the only place i put down on my preferences. I just got accepted so i am hoping that I get placed there!(or maybe i shouldn't??)

    Cheers ears

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    Nara is great! There are 70ish (?) of us right now though I really don't know how many are leaving this year. I put Nara as my third choice and I am very glad I got it. Hope to see you here!

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    Nara was my third choice and I think it would be awesome if I got it.
    Or maybe it was my second?

    Either way, it's not every day I get to be close to a UNESCO world heritage site. Nara would be fine with me.

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    it was my first... can a ny one hook me up with a job with a private school now? i am an alternate so , i am looking outside of the programme as well...
    are there sights you vets could recommend to help out with job postings or anything of the sort?

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    Littleg, here's what I could find, though I don't know how much of this overlaps with your own previous research...

    For all purpose sites, there's always:
    www.eslcafe.com
    http://www.jobs.edufind.com/
    http://www.tefl.com/

    For Japan you've got the big eikaiwas:
    Nova http://www.teachinjapan.com/
    ECC http://www.japanbound.com/
    Aeon http://www.aeonet.com/
    Geos http://www.geoscareer.com/

    Also, you could try Earlham College, http://www.earlham.edu/~aet/ Though it looks like yet another demanding application process.

    If you want to get a little adventurous and try Russia, I've found, http://www.bkc.ru/eng/index.html

    And if you want to take your chances with Korea again (I think I'm hearing a 'thanks but no thanks') there's http://www.yesenglish.com/ You said that you'd been screwed over by a Korean school in the past, right? Hopefully this isn't the same one.

    For decent background checks on any of these schools, have a look at http://www.englishschoolwatch.org/

    Hope some of this can help!

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    wow wow wow,
    thanks a million!
    this will make the wait of an alternate much less painfull,
    onto working on plan b!
    cheers!
    g

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    Nara is full of deer. Everywhere. In the streets, outside your apartment, inside your apartment (they know how to open doors), in the streets, outside the shops, in your hair, in the kitchen sink, under the carpet...

    Just so you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandilex
    Nara is full of deer. Everywhere. In the streets, outside your apartment, inside your apartment (they know how to open doors), in the streets, outside the shops, in your hair, in the kitchen sink, under the carpet...

    Just so you know.
    Yes, very true. Be very, very careful of them. They bite you, eat your clothes, head-butt you, etc. (I know all this by experience)

    They're crazy mo' fo's!

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    hello...thought i'd bring this thread back to life!!

    I've been placed in Nara...yoroshiku. Are there any other Nara chappies around?? Suk ...Josefu...did you get the placements you wanted??

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    Yokoso to Nara Josy!

    Looking forward to meeting you at the orientation!

    :smt006
    Over-optimism modest chocolate and a soft marshmallow lead you in elegant tea time.

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    thanks Hannah!! (are you the same hannah as the one on BD?? it really seems to be lots of the same people on these sites!!)

    am getting deja-vu!!

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    Default Blah.

    Hi Josy, I'm going to Nara too.
    Yield to the willow/All the loathing,/All the desire of your heart. -Basho

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    Quote Originally Posted by occidental_xiaojie
    Hi Josy, I'm going to Nara too.
    heya!! are you still thinking blah about going to Nara?? i'm getting really excited!! (it'll be lovely to live there!) and you can still hop over to Osaka and Kyoto pretty easily...

    where are you from?? and are you up for drinks at the orientation??

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    Quote Originally Posted by josy
    Quote Originally Posted by occidental_xiaojie
    Hi Josy, I'm going to Nara too.
    heya!! are you still thinking blah about going to Nara?? i'm getting really excited!! (it'll be lovely to live there!) and you can still hop over to Osaka and Kyoto pretty easily...

    where are you from?? and are you up for drinks at the orientation??
    Yeah, I'm not really excited. But, I am not really too exciteable, so, whatever. Hannah and Iricat were encouraging too, (Thanks guys!) so that helps. Actually, I quickly became more dishearted over the fact that I will most likely have kids younger than high school, so, I am not even giving Nara that much thought, mostly just thinking poorly of the kiddles. And I have some other things I want to figure out, so I hope my pred contacts me soon.
    I'm going in Group A - flying with the Chicago consulate. Aren't you going with Group B?
    Yield to the willow/All the loathing,/All the desire of your heart. -Basho

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    yeah...all the UK people to Nara will go with group B i think.

    I'm sorry to hear you're not chuffed about it...but younger kids could turn out to be really fun to teach anyway!! (and you probably won't get REALLY young kids...because don't they like to use 4th year JETs for that!?)

    there don't seem too many nara Jets around this year (at least on the internet) so i guess your stuck with me :? hopefully i can be extra cheerful and make you happier???

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    I guess most Nara JETs are just far too cool to be on the internet! haha! I know some of them lurk though!

    Occidental_x, Don't worry about teaching younger children. If you are lucky enough to get some primary school visits then you will have a great time. (I wish I got primary visits as I am actually a primary school teacher), but I have got quite accustomed to JHS... It took a while, but now they are not too bad. In your area, you may still get High School. Your placement detail is too vague. I know of at least one High School ALT who is leaving that area. But also a few JHS... But try not to worry. I wonder why you applied for a teaching position if you don't like kids much?!! :wink: You may get an adult eikaiwa as part of your contract which might be a light relief to you.

    Josy, you sound very genki! That's cool! I hope I am around for the welcome party. I'm debating going back to the UK for my sister's graduation.... it's so expensive flying at that time though. Anyway, I'll see you guys at orientation. May even do a presentation! (I did last year!) so watch out! haha!
    Over-optimism modest chocolate and a soft marshmallow lead you in elegant tea time.

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    sorry!! I'm pretty hyper this morning!!

    before you buy your tickets for your sisiters graduation...make sure it's happening!! Mine might be postponed due to the strikes (I'm really scared about it...the letter from the embassy says we lose our place if we don't graduate in time...eek eek!!)

    urgh it's really annoying. my mum won't be able to come if they put it off...

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    I'm not sure many people look at this...but it looks like i'll need to sort myself out with an apartment etc... if anyone knows JETs who are leaving the kansai area who might want to sell on things like fridges...please tell!!

    (my pred is satying so will need to keep all his stuff)

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