flwy wrote:For people in Toronto and surrounding areas, what are your thoughts about the orientations? Will you be attending all of them or selected ones (assuming you are not out of the country and will not have great trouble in attending)? If there are any current JETs from Toronto reading this thread, any recommendations?
I personally will attending the first general information session, but haven't decided on the other sessions yet. I don't think I will be attending the whole 3-day orientation though. Also, TESOL is listed for Day 1 of the 3-day orientation, but they also have a separate session to it, so I'm trying to figure out if attending the separate session is necessary/useful.
I'm still not sure either. I think the first general info session as well, but other than that I still have to decide. The three-day orientation in June does sound like a lot - I lived in Japan for a year so I'm not too worried about culture shock or learning about etiquette, but maybe a refresher would be good. It's just that I don't live in Toronto, and I would have to book three days off work to go. I might just go the first day as well just for the TESOL and ESL workshops.
I was really worried about attending the first general information session because I already have something booked for that day. I was thinking of ways to cancel, and then I noticed there's another one with the same content a little later. That was a big relief. I already have my TEFL, so I'm assuming I don't need to attend that session. Or would anyone still recommend attending that one even with a TEFL? I was also worried about the three day orientation, but noticed it mostly falls on the weekend, so I think I'll be fine concerning work and everything else. I would really like to take the Japanese, but I don't live in Toronto, and it's a bit of a trek to get there, plus I've lived in Japan before and already have some basic Japanese down pat. I think that's me decided, it helped to read other peoples thoughts on everything, thanks!