Brevan wrote:Do you mind sharing some information about your application with everyone? I understand that one BOE's ideal JET isn't the same as another's, but since you've already been accepted, it would be encouraging to see what kind of application made it through. I think these questions don't reveal too much personal information, and could be answered with yes/no:
Sure, I don't mind sharing some information. I hope it doesn't worry anyone, because all kinds of different people are sure to get in.
1) Were you willing to drive in Japan?
2) Did you request Yokohama (Vancouver's sister city in Japan) placement?
No, and actually, Smasha is right--I'm not from Vancouver. I actually live in Prince George, which doesn't have a sister city (I believe).
3) Lots of volunteer or work experience?
The experience that really interested the interviewers was 4 months I spent volunteering as an English teacher in Northeastern Thailand in 2010.
4) Lots of sports or hobbies?
Nope, just one: ballroom dancing!
5) Lots of experience teaching?
Relatively speaking, a decent amount for a non-professional educator. Aside from volunteering in Thailand, I taught art to teenagers at a local art gallery part time over four years. I also spent the past year TAing a beginning Japanese class at my university.
6) Lots of experience working with children?
Not really. At the art gallery, as I said, I was teaching teenagers. In Thailand, however, I did teach one class of 7- to 8-year-olds.
7) Lots of Japanese Culture experience?
Not much aside from studying Japanese at university for 2 years.
8) Lots of Foreign Culture experience? (for those unfamiliar with Vancouver, 47% of the population are visible minorities, so this part of the application is pretty easy for us)
I didn't mention it in my application, but at the interview they found out pretty quickly that I am half Asian and I guess that might count. But my city doesn't have as many visible minorities as Vancouver, as I live in a northern logging/mill town. In my application I only mentioned travelling to Thailand, but in my interview it came up briefly that I had travelled to other countries as well. I don't think I specified which.
9) What is your level of Japanese comprehension (5 was native fluency in the application)?
I think I said 2 for speaking and listening, and 3 for reading and writing.
Hope that helps!