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    Default JET vs. Interac

    It was always my Plan B to apply to Interac if JET reject me. I've been going on and on about wanting to go to Japan for so long to friends and family I'll be embarassed if I don't get to Japan somehow (as well as totally gutted).
    What are the pros and cons/reputation/life etc of Interac? I've heard it pays less..
    Sorry if someone's already made this topic before..

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    You ever think of Epik? http://epik.knue.ac.kr/ It's like the JET of South Korea.

    Also I heard Interac kinda sucks.. If you have your heart set on Japan, Altia-Central is really good. (Almiost like JET)

    http://altiacentral.org/index.php


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    What about Nova?

    Sorry, that wasn't very helpful.
    I don't know about Interac but JET is probably better.

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    I have never heard of Altia-Central before. I went to there website and I am unsure what to really think about them.

    Does anyone know anything about Altia-Central, and would like to share?

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    I know some interac people. They say it's not so bad. Interac won't look after you as well and the pay/conditions aren't as good...

    ... but the job is the same. You can have more of a say in your placement, and you can take 6month contracts if you like and then move around. You generally work less hours and the lifestyle is better than if you were working with an eikaiwa.
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    NOVA has gone bankrupt, and I think it's only a matter of time before it goes belly-up.

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    Well, if anything is nice about Interac, is that they work fast...

    I applied YESTERDAY and I've already passed the resume screening portion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec-R
    Well, if anything is nice about Interac, is that they work fast...

    I applied YESTERDAY and I've already passed the resume screening portion.
    so are you applying to both JET and Interac?

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    I know someone who didn't even get an interview with JET, so I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket.

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    I've filled out my questionnaire and 95% of my Interac form...

    I think I need to tone it down a bit... since I probably sound like I'm looking down on them.

    I mean, I don't want to end up in some obscure fishing village if JET or Chiba falls through, but I also don't want to burn any bridges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec-R
    I know someone who didn't even get an interview with JET, so I don't want to put all my eggs in one basket.
    I feel the same way. I've talked to a few former applicants, read all there is to read on forums, and spoke with a professor who has seen probably hundreds of students over the years apply to this thing. In my opinion it's kind of a crapshoot. I think I have what they're looking for in terms of very relevant teaching experience in Japan during study abroad, and good letters. I'm just not putting my heart into it 100% because of the sheer numbers we're up against.

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    Interac is OK............nothing special, somewhat less pay....but on the upside plenty of paid vacation. In the summer you get about 1 1/2 month paid vacation.
    The job is the same as JET, minus having to bother with the BOE

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    I know a person who works for Altia.

    He likes it, and has been with them (working as an ALT in a JHS) for a number of years.

    They pay less than JET - but you're only in school when lessons are on, so that means long holidays. They also employ their ALTs for 30 hours + a week - which means their ALTs get the public health care, etc.

    I've heard that Interac will employ ALTs for 29 hours (and try to wring more out of them) so they don't have to pay into the public social security schemes.

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    true......29 hours a week :smt009

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    Do they pay your public health thingie etc?

    The Interac people that I know in Okayama atm seem to be doing OK.

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    nope.....you get to pay that yourself :cry: But it ain`t that bad........like I said you have a truck load of paid vacation so it`s OK. I wouldn`t mind if they upped the work time with 1 hour a week so they got to pay for it....But hey can`t get everything in Life.
    How much do JETs get after tax and stuff?? About 26K? Im about the same.

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    I thought it was 35,000,000 yen a year AFTER Japanese taxes.

    And with the weak dollar, that's... a lot.

    I'm considering applying for Altia as well.

    Except I don't want to bother the people I just got to write references for me to do it again...

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    You could also look into NET. I've been told that it pays similarily to JET and has similar perks too. Some folks in Okayama were saying it's where JETs go when their 3/5 years is up and they want to stick around. Spoke to someone on it and they said it was good.

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    NET..not a very easy name to search for on the internet.

    In all reality, I think my chances with JET are fairly good.

    Although from what I hear, the guy in Chiba seems like he's going to stay, so I don't think that's going to pan out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec-R
    Except I don't want to bother the people I just got to write references for me to do it again...
    Hmm, this is a good point I hadnt realised. If JET doesnt pan out and I try other agencies...I'm going to have to get reference letters all over again? Annoying...(for the refs, not me)

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