Margaret Fylstra wrote:I am a current Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Senegal West Africa. I will be done with the Peace Corps in a couple months and planning on applying to the JET program once I return home. I am originally from Chicago, IL USA. I was wondering if the JET program had options for couples applying. Would it be possible to be placed somewhere together? Or if one did the JET program, could the other move to the location with the JET participant and share the living circumstances even if he or she was not a JET teacher?
Thank you for the help!
Hi Margaret, though i'm sure Shane will be on here before too long to give you a more official response, i'm sure i could help flesh things out till then.
Historically the JET programme has been very supportive of couples applying to the program, and every year you see many couples accepted, as well as in the majority of cases placed together, or near each other. If anything, applying as a couple (assuming you are both reasonably well suited to the program) could work as an advantage to getting accepted, as because you have your significant other there to support you, you are more likely to be able to cope with any culture shock issues that arise. With this support in mind, it is usually the case that every effort is made to have couples placed together.
If you aren't both taken on with JET, it is definitely possible to still share living arrangements. It's just necessary that you inform JET of this during you application so that, if you are accepted, the proper steps could be taken to accommodate you.
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