Switching from JET to eikaiwa?
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So I made it into the JET Programme and am teaching abroad in Japan. It provides me great benefits: $36,000 of tax-exempt income, half my rent subsidized, national health insurance, etc. I should be happy, seems like every other JET is.
However, I'm not. I studied abroad in Japan before, in a city of 700,000, and made a lot of friends, both gaijin and Japanese. Here, in my town of 50,000, it is a different story. I've made no friends with the other JETs here at all. A couple even outright insulted me to my face at a recent JET gathering. As for Japanese friends, I have no idea where to make them. I'm not in a university setting full of young people.
However, whenever I go visit the big cities, I have a great time. I feel like I thrive better there. So I'm considering switching from JET to eikaiwa. It means $8000 less pay and such, but I'd be in a more urban setting where I won't be spending every day indoors alone.
So, should I make the jump or not? Or stick with JET and try harder to make things work here? I'm giving up a lot of benefits if I make the switch.
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>trying to book a hotel in thailand for christmas
>go to website, no online booking, just an email address
>hello I'd like to book a room on these dates....
1 week passes
>thanks we have rooms, we need confirmation and a deposit (no other info given)
>okay I'd like to confirm then...
2 weeks pass
>thanks for confirming, we also need a deposit
>again, no other info given
>Thanks.... where can I send the deposit?
It's been 2 weeks again and now I'm not sure I want to go to a place that can't get their shit together.
All the other hotels responded same-day, and gave me bank info etc. Just these guys are dumbasses.
Help me decide where to go on my next trip
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Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos
Temple exploring, beaches, seeing a culture completely different than my own
Poland, Czech republic, Romania
See some neat cities, and obvious cultural landmarks.
Same as above.
Explore the plains on camels and try living in a yurt for a while
Havent read much into this place but it seems like it has some decent places to visit.
I am not a partier or into the club scene, the trip will mostly just be me and my girlfriend relaxing. Looking for about 3-4 weeks wherever it may be.
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Ask an American dude living in Outer Mongolia anything. I've been here about a year and a half. I live in the Gobi Desert, about 12 hours from the capital city.
It's an amazing place to visit. The culture here is ancient and vibrant, the food is good if you like dairy and meat, it has everything from vast deserts to lush forests, and the people are open and friendly as long as you avoid the nazis,
I would highly recommend traveling here at least once before you die.