A career in teaching English

What have I come here to do with the rest of my life?

Lindsay Mack (Oita)

For many JETs or foreigners living in Japan, they might wonder, “what have I come here to do with the rest of my life?” For me, it wasn’t until I came back to Japan, two years after completing the JET Programme, that I got that calling and decided to pursue a profession in teaching English at the University level. However, many JETs decide while they are on the JET Programme to stay in Japan, or some just never end up leaving. There are no official numbers on the JET website about how many JETs stay in Japan, but from my own Oita JET cohort in 2002, around 10-20% stayed in Japan. Of course, love affects this decision, myself included as I married a Japanese man I met while I was an ALT in Oita City. Continue reading “A career in teaching English”

2018 All-Kyushu AJET Hanami

An interview with the AJET Block 10 & 11 organizers

What, when, where?

Christine: On March 24th, JETs from across Kyushu gathered together in Kumamoto Castle’s Ninomaru Park to enjoy the 2018 All-Kyushu Hanami. With over 60 participants from as far away as Nagasaki and Miyazaki, this was an awesome opportunity to meet our fellow program participants and create memories under the cherry blossom trees.

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CONNECT MAGAZINE Japan #70 April 2018

April’s here; all change!

This is a hectic month for lots of us, with new classes and colleagues to get to grips with.

One thing you can bank on? Connect!

We have a really great issue this month, full of all the latest news, events and entertainment releases. Flick through for our top allergy-busting tips, an exploration of the Iya Valley, and a personal look at fashion and identity in Japan.

Want to get out now the sun’s here? Check out our health and travel sections – this month we hear about a spur of the moment trip to Hida, and a volcanic daikon experience in Kagoshima.