Petruha wrote:Hello, everybody.
I'm an aspiring JET in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I've never applied to JET before, as I've heard all the non-English positions are reserved for ambassords' children and similarly "important" people. I just felt it wasn't worth the time needed to get the application forms in order and turn them in. However, this year the Japanese embassy in Russia specifically posted a JET request for a Russian ALT in Nemuro, which sort of coincided with an increased interest in teaching on my part (I have some experience as a private tutor with both Russians studying English\Japanese and Japanese studying Russian, and at that time had my first experience actually teaching a class), so I applied.
I was just wondering how different my JET experience might be with a different language. I don't suppose Russian is part of the compulsory curriculum even in a place like Nemuro, so I guess it would be an elective course, meaning I could expect more enthusiasm from the students, but that's about the only possible difference I can think of.
Opinions, advice, anything is welcome.
William MacDonald wrote:Welcome to the forums Petruha. My first comment is that, if your posts are indication, your written English is certainly better than many of the native speakers who post on these forums, and I really wouldn't worry about your accent too much, the JET programme has JETs with all sorts of accents.
As my father is fond of saying, "If you don't ask the question, then they can't say yes.", along with his corrollary, "What's the worst they can say? No. Then you're no worse off than you were before.". If you don't apply you can't get accepted, so fill in that paperwork and take your chances. I wish you all the best!
P.S. This advice also applies to asking girls out, asking people to share their chocolate and asking your boss for a raise, although I never had much luck with the last one .
Petruha wrote:Welp, I got invited to the interview next Saturday.
Now, time to panic, remember I never bought a suit, run around screaming, bang head on walls etc. Things are progressing smoothly.
Akichi_Ren wrote:Do I have the right to teach a language that isn't mine, so to speak?
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