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Old 07-21-2012, 09:59 AM   #11
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If you do decide to go the English teaching route I recommend checking out Dave's ESL Cafe The job board and information saved me a lot of trouble when I was in China.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:31 AM   #12
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Well, I got the results of my interview. I'll be in Japan for three months, starting from October. I was hoping they might be able to make it longer, but it seems the internships are usually shorter. Hopefully I'll still be able to do my thesis during that time, but even if I don't it's ok. What I'm hoping though, is to get my thesis done and after the internship I'll be able graduate and then go back to Japan to work full time.

It's been a hell of a long time coming, too. Not giving up really paid off this time. I was starting to think I've just wasted almost a year of not searching for a job in Finland and gotten nothing in return.

While the application process has been far from exemplary, hopefully rest of the arrangements will be done a bit better. They'll pay for the flights, accommodation and work lunches during my stay, plus I get a nice internship grant on top of that. In the mean time I'll hopefully get my thesis done and get a certification too. Can't really ask for much more.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:37 PM   #13
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Congrats! Have to keep us updated on how you find it when you're there :)
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:45 AM   #14
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I received the invitation letter today. Apparently they're planning on giving me tickets from London to Japan, but since I don't live there I'll have to ask if they can switch it to Helsinki instead. Kinda pointless to go to London first if I could just fly straight from Finland instead.

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Apparently in addition to the tickets, accommodation, grant and other expenses covered, they just sent me some email asking for skype details to arrange some Japanese tutoring for me before I go there in October.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:07 AM   #15
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I would be surprised if they did change the flights. They prob get much cheaper tickets London > Japan than they would Finland > Japan but even if they don't change it I guess you can get a cheap flight to London which overall will save you money over flying directly to Japan (if time isn't much of an issue for you... for me its always a money not time issue :P)

As well as all the other things they are giving you it should be in the contract that at the end of the duration they will either buy your ticket home or give you a 'bonus' which you can either buy the ticket yourself or go travelling with... an incentive to actually stay for the duration ;)
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Old 08-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #16
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They did change it to Helsinki-Frankfurt-Tokyo and the same for the return trip. As far as I know they need to have the return tickets bought in advance for legal reasons. Finnair would've had straight flights, but apparently they deal with Japan Airlines.

Thanks to crappy connections from Oulu I'll have to take a train to Helsinki, a nice added 5 hours or so + waiting at the airport. The flights take around 14 hours, but the total travel time is probably close to 24 hours.
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:15 PM   #17
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Glad you got that sorted :)

24 hours is nothing! This was my last journey home few months ago...

Sat 6am: Ferry from Roatan to Honduras mainland
Sat 10am: Coach from La Cebia to San Pedro Sula
Sat 4pm: Arrived at San Pedro Sula Airport... Time to get comfortable...
Sun 9am: Flight from San Pedro to Miami
Sun 1pm: Arrived at Miami International Airport
Sun 4pm: Flight from Miami to Dusseldorf, Germany.
Mon 7am: Arrived at Dusseldorf.
Mon 9:30am: Flight from Dusseldorf to London
Mon 10am: Arrived at London Gatwick Airport
Mon 12pm: Bus from London Gatwick to Birmingham
Mon 4pm: Train from Birmingham to Shrewsbury
Mon 6pm: Home, sweet, lovely, omg where is my bed, Home!
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Old 08-18-2012, 11:28 PM   #18
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Just dropping in to say that I stayed in a hotel around there a couple of years back. It's a pretty convenient location.
Since you're there for a decent amount of time, I'm sure you'll find plenty to do.
Congratulations on getting accepted and all that, seems like it will go well.
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:18 AM   #19
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Well I've been in Tokyo for almost a week now. Today I visited Akihabara and took a free tour with one other Japanese guy and two middle aged female tour guides. Gotta say it was a bit of a crazy experience to look at some of the more questionable figurines and talk about which maid cafe to go to. In the end the Japanese guy offered to take me to lunch in Kanda Yabu Soba, which is supposed to be famous for its Soba. They were ok, but maybe because we drank god knows how much nihonshu. When we were paying, he asked for 1000 yen for my part, but afterwards when I checked the bill it was 7800 yen.

It's been a very busy week and the only place I get unrestricted internet access is at the dorm lobby where there's a table with lan connections to use. You'd think there would be an easy way to get 3G or WiFi but doesn't seem to be so. Regardless, I'm having the time of my life here! Next week we'll have a welcome party for us interns, though I already had one organized by my manager. We went to an izakaya the first day I went to work.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:36 AM   #20
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Sounds awesome! Keep us updated :)
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