Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you’ll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city. A year ago, if it were up to me, there’s no way that I would want […]

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Interac Contract Renewal Timeline (2016-2017)

I know that I’ve already posted about my Interac timeline for 2015-2016, from getting hired to training… So you may be wondering what this post is about. Without getting into the details, I transferred branches at the end of my contract with Interac Kansai. There’s an entire story that goes along with this that I keep alluding to, and I swear that I will spill the beans in good time. (I’m […]

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Why I’m Moving Schools

This post is probably going to be the most personal experience I’ve written about so far. I wanted to do it because it’s important to show you all that living in Japan isn’t great all the time… There are times when it can be hard and you’ll run into problems. Honestly, there are a few experiences like this that I’ve made a note of to write about eventually, so maybe […]

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Average Daily Elementary School Timetable Schedule

Coming from a Western country, your school day and the school day you’ll be working should be about the same. Though the specific hours may vary, you can expect to arrive in the morning and leave in the late afternoon. My current schedule is 8:15~4:25 but I’ve previously worked 8:00~4:00 and 8:10~4:15. (Are you seeing a general pattern?) Within those hours, I generally have between 2 to 4 classes a day. […]

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Interac Timeline (2015-2016)

Chances are, you’ve stumbled onto my blog doing a quick Google search for something Interac-related to read so you don’t go crazy waiting for updates from Interac. I understand completely. It’s a long and tedious wait… And I’ve been through it too, so I can sympathize.   I’ve included my entire Interac timeline, from my application to my first day of training. I departed as part of the Autumn 2015 […]

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Life Update – Again

Hi everyone, I honestly wish I were more consistent with blogging so the posts I make don’t all have to be “life update” posts… But here we are again. I haven’t covered it in my vlogs yet (which I have also been very inconsistent about), but I got transferred from Interac Kansai to Interac South Kanto. Which means I’m now living in Yokohama. It’s been great so far (and the […]

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Interac Placement Details

I started off this blog strong, but I’m already getting lazy! (Same goes for my vlogging attempts!) I figured I should write something today, the last day of July, because if I had continued with JET, I’d be leaving for Japan tomorrow. (Group B FTW) But because I’m doing Interac now, I have 13 more days until I leave. Wait, that’s less than two weeks… Where did the time go?!

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Things Are Finally Coming Together

If you had asked me a week ago about how I felt about my move to Japan, I probably wouldn’t have responded. I have been so stressed out lately about everything… Cleaning and moving out of my apartment, driving cross country with my cat, saving enough money for a plane ticket and start-up costs in Japan, WHEN I would even be going to Japan, etc. I was about ready to […]

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I Did It :(

“I did it” can be taken so many different ways, which is why I felt compelled to add that little frowny face up there… My “I did it” is not a happy one. Rather, it was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in a while. As of this morning, I am no longer a candidate for the JET Program. I officially submitted my withdrawal and will […]

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Phone Interview with Interac

You’ve made it to the phone interview? Congrats! They cut out the most applicants through the online screening so you should be very proud you made it this far… I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely hate talking on the phone. I have this weird phone anxiety that makes me feel 10000x blessed that you can order takeout online and skip the phone step altogether. (In person, I’m […]

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