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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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Fancy Voting in a Quick Poll?

Update [21/04]: Thanks to everyone who has voted in the poll! I will now start working on new posts in order of the topics that received the most votes. Keep an eye on my blog as I’ll be starting with ideas and suggestions on what incoming JETs should (and should not) pack for Japan! Hi…… Continue reading Fancy Voting in a Quick Poll?

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To all 2017 JET Interview Applicants

Interview results for the 2017 JET Programme intake are slowly starting to make their way around the globe. It may be a while before some countries receive those results, but in the meantime, I just want to give my heartfelt congratulations to all those 2017 applicants who have been (or will be) shortlisted! And a…… Continue reading To all 2017 JET Interview Applicants

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JET Programme: Post-Interview Anxiety

After a job interview, feelings like anxiety and uncertainty as to how you did are usually experienced. Normally you don’t have to wait too long before finding out if you’ve got the job. However, in the case of the JET Programme interview results, the waiting period, along with those feelings of apprehension, hang around for…… Continue reading JET Programme: Post-Interview Anxiety

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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: Applying for 2017

News is that applications forms for the 2017 intake are now available online! The South African applications can be found here. πŸ˜€ 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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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: Short-listed Questions and Answers

This week interview results started rolling out across the globe, with Australia and South Africa being one of the first countries to hear. Since then quite a number of other countries have been notified and now the ‘Incoming JETs 2016’ Facebook group is up and running. Looking through the recent posts on this Facebook group…… Continue reading JET Programme: Short-listed Questions and Answers

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JET Programme: Questions to ask your Predecessor

Updated 16/06/2017 As an Incoming JET, soon to be arriving in Japan, there is the matter of your predecessor (which many incoming JETs will have), and the sort of questions you could ask them to help you with pre-departure preparations and also once arriving in Japan. Fortunately, your predecessor is not the only person you…… Continue reading JET Programme: Questions to ask your Predecessor