SakuraHoshi wrote:darlo wrote:Scout2012 wrote:- What is a typical schedule for an ALT?
I have 13 schools (3 junior high and 10 elementary) so every day and every week is very different. The earliest I've started was 7:50 (not my favourite day as it involved me leaving the house at 6:30), and my latest finish is 5pm. I teach between 0 and 6 classes a day, I'd say my average being 5 a day. I normally don't get to hang with students during lunch times as that's the time I spend travelling between schools.Scout2012 wrote:- What are some tips you have for the JET interview?
Just what everyone else has said. Punctual & Presentable.Scout2012 wrote:- Can you speak Japanese?
I studied Japanese at University but still need to actively study. Many people will tell you that being located in the countryside is a fast ticket to language acquisition, but for me that's simply not the case .Scout2012 wrote:- What do you plan to do after JET?
Nothing certain yet, still have time to think about it. I've been keeping a list of possible companies I might like to work for (both within Japan and back in the UK), but would I be content with returning to a factory job? ... you know what, maybe.
Can I ask you a question? Does JET cover any of your travel expenses? I was thinking that if you have to travel regularly to 13 different schools, that would rack up a pretty big bill in bus/train fares. I've noticed in my research of JET alternatives that some companies reimburse all work-related travel expenses.
ChunKieBallz wrote:3. Yes, but I am Chinese so everyone thinks I am a Japanese to begin with. Not bad as it gets me into the local scene alot easier. I can understand and communicate properly at work with my JLPT N2, but I totally fail at the social chit chat scene and fail at reading the subtle message at times when I just don't have the culture built in me. I've already have my local izakaya and made quite quite a big circle of local Japanese friends through volunteer events, but bah, I'm having trouble breaking that barrier from a friend to a good friend.
randomguy wrote:Oh, don't worry, it's a skill anyone can learn over time. Sometimes I err on being overly-cautious about subtle messages myself, actually.
The fact that you're doing volunteer work is pretty awesome. While I did a little, I couldn't do as much as I wanted when I was in Japan because of my limited language abilities, but now that I've built my skills up more, I'll be sure to do more if I get the chance to go again! Out of curiosity, what kind of events have you done?
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