Ask Ibaraki JET PAs #007

Question:

Do you have any tips or suggestions how to make friends for JETs who don’t have any other ALTS nearby?

Answered by: Cassi

Making friends in a completely new environment can be daunting, especially if you’re a new graduate – leaving institutionalised learning tends to be the first time you have to consciously think about how to find friends. I’ve always found the best friends come from people who share your interests, so one of the best ways to find a buddy is to join some kind of club or group in your local area. Do you like tennis? Join the tennis club! Music? Find out where people gather to play or join a music club. Google is your friend, but if you’re having trouble locating a club you are interested in don’t hesitate to ask your supervisor or a PA for help.

If you can’t find any local groups for something you are interested in, you could try joining the local international association or volunteer group, taking Japanese lessons, or attending a local festival or event. Anywhere you can get together with others to participate in some kind of activity is a good place to find friends. In particular, if you are looking for a friend that speaks your first language, your local international association is a great resource. You can find international associations in your area by looking here or by googling the name of your town + international association.

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