JET Application for CIRs 国際交流員

So. The application for the 2018 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is now open. It seems only yesterday that I stepped into Japan myself. Actually, I have only been in Japan for a month and a half. Yet in this short period of time, so many things happened. I have been blessed that my position as a Coordinator for International Relations is exactly what has been promised to me. I get to do translations, interpretations and help out with events. A little sad that I don’t have a time slot on the radio though 😛

The time has come now and ALT / CIR / SEA hopefuls are starting to piece together their applications and doing their best to polish up their SOPs (statement of purpose).

If anyone needs help with their SOP or advice about anything related, leave a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you 🙂


Collection of Visa

Everything still feels very surreal to me till today, even though I’ll be departing for Japan in 16 days’ time. I haven’t even gotten started with my luggage, even though I did make a list of what to bring.

Today, I went to collect my Visa. After I saw it being stuck to my passport, I felt “これだ。本当に日本に行くんだ。” (This is it. I’m really heading to Japan.)

This is the first time I’m seeing any sort of long term visa, so it fascinates me. I’m going to stare at it for a while more…

Pre-Departure Orientation

Today, I attended my pre-departure orientation.
Rather than the information we were going to receive, I was honestly more excited to see what the total number of ALTs and CIRs present would be. Especially the CIRs.

We were briefed mainly on our visa application, luggage constraints, and our residence cards which we will soon be receiving upon immigration in Japan. We also listened to an ex-ALT and ex-CIR talk about their experiences → Read more

Placements trickling down

When I poked my smartphone on my bed this morning, I realised that there were some incoming JETs who already received their placement. Now I have an unquenchable urge to refresh my inbox every second, even though I do have auto-sync switched on and will receive notifications when a new e-mail comes in. It’s like waiting at the door when one knows that a delivery will come today. Just a little more!!!

Certificate of Health

I wasn’t looking forward to doing my health check-up. Honestly, I didn’t know which clinic to go and how the prices were like. I did a quick Google search on the major clinics here and came across two places that were able to provide me with an x-ray examination.

For an easy comparison of the prices globally, let’s take it that a normal health check-up for having a cold or a fever is priced at 100%. → Read more