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Incoming JETs: What to Pack and Omiyage

In this first post – out of a two-post series – I will cover the basics of what you should keep in mind when packing for Japan if you’re an incoming JET on the JET Programme. The second post will provide an extensive list of shops, department stores, and online sites where you can buy…… Continue reading Incoming JETs: What to Pack and Omiyage

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JET Programme: Application Timeline

The path to teaching English in Japan through the JET Programme is a long one, and sometimes the dates at which certain things happen (like interviews, finding out the results, leaving for Japan, etc.) can become a bit confusing as Japanese embassies around the world operate slightly differently when it comes to the schedule of…… Continue reading JET Programme: Application Timeline

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JET Programme: All about the Interview

The word is out that the JET Programme application results are starting to come out now, and that means interviews are the next step on the road to Japan. There are many resources out there from current/former JETs (including myself) who have provided information about what to expect for the interviews that commence in January.…… Continue reading JET Programme: All about the Interview

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JET Programme: Editing and Proofreading your SoP Essay

This post is for all those aspiring 2017 JET Programme applicants. 🙂 For the past two years I have had the pleasure of reading, editing, and providing suggestions for Statement of Purpose essays. As I mentioned before in an earlier post, having your essay read by others is the perfect way to find out which…… Continue reading JET Programme: Editing and Proofreading your SoP Essay

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JET Programme: Writing your SoP Essay (2016)

The Statement of Purpose (SoP) essay is an important part of your application when applying for the JET Programme. A solid, well-written essay could easily become your ticket to the interview stage, while an overly worded, vague essay might not pass the grade. In this post I will share some tips to how to tackle…… Continue reading JET Programme: Writing your SoP Essay (2016)

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JET Programme: Applying for 2017

News is that applications forms for the 2017 intake are now available online! The South African applications can be found here. 😀 Every year I update and rewrite a post regarding the applications, statement of purpose essays, and interviews. And this year is no different. I’ll start by covering the basics of the application forms.…… Continue reading JET Programme: Applying for 2017

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Last Day, Sightseeing, Returning Home, and 2017 JET Applications

I realise it has been a while since I posted, but as you can imagine things have been a bit hectic here with packing up, getting my apartment ready for my successor, closing accounts, attending three school farewell parties, preparing farewell speeches… Speaking of farewell speeches, mine fortunately went off without a hitch this morning…… Continue reading Last Day, Sightseeing, Returning Home, and 2017 JET Applications

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Bunkasai Time!

Around this time of year many schools have their cultural festival (文化祭, bunkasai). Attending a bunkasai is so much fun, and this past Saturday I attended my one island school’s festival. It was a lot of fun and the English Club girls had done a ‘profile’ poster of me which they had displayed in one…… Continue reading Bunkasai Time!

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JET Programme: Placements and Predecessors

Updated: 18/05/2017 It’s that time of the year again when placement notifications slowly start to trickle around the world. Receiving your placement comes with both a sense of relief and anxiousness – as I am sure you are now thinking about the exciting adventures and challenges you may face in your new home. This post…… Continue reading JET Programme: Placements and Predecessors

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JET Programme: Leaving JET

When January rolls around in the JET world you pretty much know what time it is: recontracting decision time. In most cases, ALTs are required to fill out and hand back their recontracting (or not) form by mid-January. It can become quite nerve-racking as you are expected to make a decision on something that will…… Continue reading JET Programme: Leaving JET