10 Days Before Departure

Hi there!

This will be my first post on this blog, so as a little introduction:

I’m a girl from England about to become a Co-Ordinator for International Relations (CIR for short) in Japan.

The CIR position is part of the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme. Unlike the Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) position, to become a CIR you need to have a good level of Japanese – they say ideally JLPT N2 level. To apply to the JET Programme, you also need to have a university degree.

When I was looking for information about becoming/being a CIR, I couldn’t find much specific to CIRs as a lot of it was catered to ALTs, so I thought I’d start this blog to help out people considering becoming a CIR. I won’t give details as to where my placement is, but I’ll post about the sort of tasks I end up doing as a CIR to give others an idea of what they could be assigned to do, and observations of Japanese office and general culture etc.

I don’t leave for Japan for another 10 days, but in the meantime I’m hoping to post a bit more about the application process and things like that – how I got to where I am now, basically, so that people wanting to become CIRs can know what to expect.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog!~



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