Congratulations on your new jobs here in Gunma! We’re very excited to meet everyone.
We’ve recently prepared a brand new Newcomers Guide here on the site with lots of information to help you find out about, prepare for, and adjust to your new lives. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for there, you can also contact one of the GAJET officers or post your questions to the Gunma ALTs Facebook Group.
Below is a message for all of you from our current GAJET President, Chelsey Reid.
Welcome 2012 JETs!
My name is Chelsey and I am your GAJET President for this year. On behalf of the GAJET committee, I’m so excited to welcome you to your new home in Gunma! Whether this is your fist experience in Japan or if you’ve been here a handful of times already, you’ll find Gunma is unique in many ways and has so much to offer… start getting excited (if you’re not already!)
For those of you who are thinking: “Goon-mah?? What? I heard there’s an ointment for that…” Don’t let the name scare you… Gunma is low on the international radar but it is Japan’s hidden gem. There is something here for everyone. If you are an outdoorsy person, there is great hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, and bungee jumping. Gunma is well-known for having the best natural hot spring resorts anywhere in Japan, the most famous of which is Kusatsu. If city life is more your thing, there are plenty of museums, galleries, restaurants, izakayas, and shopping here to keep you busy. When that isn’t enough, Tokyo is just an hour away!
There are JETs here from many different backgrounds with just as many different reasons for having applied to JET. Some wanted teaching experience, some wanted to learn more about Japanese language and culture, and some just wanted to get out of their hometown to try living in a country where the culture is completely different than their own. Whatever your reasons are, you’ll find that what makes Gunma so special are the people that live here. Gunma has one of the most active ALT communities in the country, so there will always be someone to lean on if you ever need support. Also, there are plenty of locals who are eager to make foreign friends, so start brushing up on your Japanese!
Your first few weeks in Gunma will be a whirlwind of excitement, and your schedule will be jam packed as you attend orientations, visit your schools, meet your teachers, make about a million self-introduction speeches, and generally get settled into your new life here. I’m sure you have tons of questions, so have a look through the Newcomer’s Guide on gunmajet.net and use the Facebook GunmaALTs group as much as possible! If I had one word of advice to you, it would be to prepare yourself for a very hot summer! Gunma is one of the hottest places in Japan, even hotter than Okinawa! Remember to pack accordingly!
Please don’t hesitate to contact myself, or any of the GAJET members with any other questions or concerns you may have! We’re already planning lots of fun events for you when you arrive! Yoroshiku!
GAJET President 2012-2013