So, this basically breaks down the timeline of the overall JET Program application cycle.
- October 26th, 2014: Started JET Application
- November 10th, 2014: Sent Application to Washington D.C.
- First Week of December: Notified that my application was received and was currently being processed
- January 12th, 2015: Email sent to all applicants informing them the interview list was available; MADE IT!
- January 12th, 2015: Email sent to me by JET Coordinator in Anchorage explaining general details of the interview process.
- January 22nd, 2015: Official notification email sent from the Japan Consular in Anchorage with more details about interviews
- February 5th, 2015: Interviews in Anchorage!
- March 29th: Heard word of mouth that JET Acceptances were being distributed around America and Australia
- March 30th: Official email sent informing me of my short list status!
- March 31st: Applied for FBI background check
- April 11th: Official Reply sent to Anchorage
- April 18th: Certificate of Health sent to Anchorage
- April 20th: Deadline for hard copy of Reply Form, Photo copy of passport, Copy of IRS application, copy of FBI background check
- May 13th: Placement results! America was first I think; I know Ireland got results as well
- June 10th: Deadline for Certificate of Health, FBI Background Check and Insurance Agreement
- June 24th: Welcome packet received via post from Hamamatsu City Board of Education
- June 29th: FBI Background check received by Anchorage Consular office
- June 30th: Second contact via email with BoE; Pred and schools given!
- July 31st: Pre-Departure Orientation in Anchorage
- August 1st: Off to Japan!
- August 2nd: Arrival in Japan
- August 3rd-5th: Group B Post Arrival Orientation
- August 5th: Travel to Hamamatsu
- August 6th-17th: ALT Orientation and Training
- August 18th: Officially working at school
- August 31st: Opening Ceremony
- September 1st: Official first day of teaching
And I’ll probably stop it there since after that it’s really just me doing things on my own time and whatnot. Hope this comes in handy!