miami_coordinator wrote:7. Basically, it just means which town do you want to represent as a JET? If you moved a lot, which feels the most like a "hometown?" Or is there a nearby city that you think you'd rather be representative of compared with the suburb you actually live in? Or perhaps you want to claim you're from the place where you went to college or university? Sometimes this question can influence placement, as occasionally contracting organizations specifically request JETs from a sister city or a sister state. It also gives your future coworkers a little bit more information to get ready to research about you (for example, your mailing address may currently be in Los Angeles, but if you actually grew up in Boston your whole life, you may want to say that you're from Boston; there can be a big difference between someone from LA and someone from Boston).
nicklar wrote:Agree with all the above. It certainly something that you can use to your advantage. More than likely you will be posted somewhere where all the kids have grown up in the same place with very few of their peers moving in or out. So the life you've lived will be something they will be interested to hear about. You can even make games like 'Find the towns where Sunshine-sensei has lived'
Crowbeak wrote:Speaking as a fellow military brat, the adaptability that develops from moving around all the time is a huge plus for this job. You have a certain flexibility that will help you daily, in addition to being able to settle in to life in a strange place more easily. Another thing to keep in mind is that ALTs are regarded, to an extent, as harbingers of diversity. The first English class I stepped into as an ALT, my JTE asked me what I knew about New Zealand. "o_O Er... it's where they filmed The Lord of the Rings?"
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