The Tofugu JET Program Guide Guiding you through JET life from start to finish

    Welcome to the Tofugu JET Program Guide, a comprehensive collection of articles, guides, and resources that cover JET life from start to finish. Consider it your experienced JET friend with the best knowledge and advice.

    Whether you’re thinking about applying or are in the middle of your JET career, this guide has something for you.

    Every piece of this series was written by a JET alum. Best of all, this guide continues to be updated. Check back often to see what new advice and ideas the Tofugu JET Program Guide offers as you walk the path of living and working in Japan on the JET Program.

    All articles in this series are ordered by JET life events, starting with the initial decision and ending with readjustment.

    Pre-Acceptance

    This is everything before you get that sweet, sweet acceptance letter. We walk you through the rigorous application and infamous interviews.

    Post-Acceptance

    You're accepted and officially a JET! Now what? We're here to help with your insanely huge life transition. We've got a recommended packing list and your post-arrival-settling-in time (which no one talks about for some reason).

    JET Program Life

    Starting your new life in Japan takes work and time. But with the right advice, you can get your daily life set up, organized, and refined. Learn about the bestSurvival Resources as well as overcoming culture shock.

    JET Program work

    The majority of one's life is spent at work. And for you, that means your school. Whether you're brand new to ALT work or looking to improve your skills, we've got you covered. Prepare for that very first self-intro class and discover the best teaching resources for ALTs.

    Leaving and Life After the JET Program

    Whether you're on JET for one year or five, it can't last forever. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay there. As your JET contract ends, prepare for another life transition, either in Japan or back in your home country. Learn how to close down your life in Japan and search for a new job.

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    Articles in Series

    1.  

      25 Reasons To Join The JET Program (And 8 Reasons Not To) The pros and cons of going on JET

    2.  

      How to Apply for the JET Program A step by step guide for your JET application

    3.  

      How to Write the JET Program Statement of Purpose Essay The most pivotal part of the JET Program application explained

    4.  

      JET Program Interview: The Definitive Guide To Passing You've got the interview. Follow this guide to success.

    5.  

      The Post JET Acceptance Checklist The forms you need to fill out and the people you need to talk to

    6.  

      How To Pack For JET What to pack and, more importantly, what not to pack

    7.  

      What To Do After Arriving in Japan on the JET Program: A Checklist Jump start your life on JET

    8.  

      Jet Program Culture Shock Culture shock can be tough, but understanding it doesn't have to be

    9.  

      How to Get your Japanese Driver's License Pass the infamous Japanese driver's test

    10.  

      Japan's Garbage Disposal System Explained Sort or die!

    11.  

      JET Program Japanese Study: Setting Yourself Up for Success Ready, Set, Immersion!

    12.  

      JET Program Survival Resources Helping you live your life on JET

    13.  

      Safety in Japan: Staying Alert in the World's 'Safest' Country Is Japan as safe as everyone thinks? If not, what can you do to protect yourself?

    14.  

      Mastering the ALT Self-Intro Class Learn to introduce yourself to classrooms full of Japanese kids.

    15.  

      Surviving Sports Festival Undoukai in Japanese Schools

    16.  

      HELP! I Don't Know How to ALT! Tips for becoming a better team teacher

    17.  

      How to Spice up Your ALT Lessons with the Nine Intelligences A new strategy for English teaching in Japan

    18.  

      What to Do When You're Placed in a Bad School Overcoming hardships and becoming the ALT you want to be

    19.  

      The Best Teaching Resources for Superstar JET Program ALTs All the best places to find lesson plans, worksheets, games, songs, media, and more for your English classes

    20.  

      20 Differences Between Japanese and Western Schools The things that stand to shock you most as an ALT