William MacDonald wrote:miami_coordinator wrote:While I'm never happy when someone says "ignore your local coordinator back home," it is true that situations do vary from person to person. When I first started out as a coordinator, I barely mentioned the recommendation that JETs bring about $2500 with them. However, I started advocating bringing (or having access to) about $2500-$3000 after I realized that a number of my new JETs actually did have to pay key money.
At least you're prepared to admit you were intially wrong Miami_coordinator, and adjusted the figure. There are many coordinators out there with their tatemae still stuck firmly in place insisting that 200 000yen is enough for anyone. This creates confusion since the person is being told one thing by the coordinator at home and a different thing by the PA in their new home prefecture. Then the person gets here and they hit serious problems because they trusted the wrong person.
Frankly the advice coordinators should be giving should be, "Plan on a minimum of 200 000yen, but your local Prefectural Advisor and successor will give you more accurate figures based on your indivual posting once that information becomes available.".
SakuraHoshi wrote:Do you get a better exchange rate if you change money when in Japan rather than at home from a travel agents? Our weak pound against the strong yen means we just get robbed by the exchange rate and I was wondering if there was anything that could be done about it.
bittersweet wrote:i wouldn't change money at an airport, they are known for having terrible rates. you probably won't have time to do this anyway. Just get it done at a bank beforehand. If your bank doesn't do it, call around and find one that does.
Cliodhna wrote:bittersweet wrote:i wouldn't change money at an airport, they are known for having terrible rates. you probably won't have time to do this anyway. Just get it done at a bank beforehand. If your bank doesn't do it, call around and find one that does.
I think this one might be ESID. My bank actually told me NOT to exchange with them because it would cost more with them and then would take a month or something because the money would have to be shipped to the bank from Japan. They told me I should do it at the airport.
For those wondering, this was with BoA. It could be different with other banks or in other countries.
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