So, how do you follow up a post on such an interesting topic. I dunno, which is part of a giant list of things I don’t know. Now that we have decided to stay an additional year ather wrench has been thrown into the mix that is our lives. My semi-promotion. I have been offered the position of RPA, or Regional Prefectural Advisor. This is one of those wonderful promotions that comes with more responsibility and no additional pay. (I think that I may get some kind of cell phone subsidy but I am not sure.)
The job places me in an advisory position above all of the jets in the Gifu Region of Gifu Prefecture. I will in turn report to the Prefectural advisors, who work for the board of Education. Essentially, I will be in charge of aiding incoming jets in settling into their lives in Japan, I will work to assemble and organize prefecture wide events (like our educational conferences), and I will mediate and help handle any issues that may arise among the Jets in my area. This last one is the one that most worries me, but it seems that it doesn’t happen very often.
Overall, I am finding myself a bit excited about the prospect. I have really enjoyed the job of working in the school, making lesson plans and really the whole package. However, I also feel that the Jet Programme participants tend to take their jobs a little less seriously than they perhaps should. Most are recent college grads, and perhaps this leads to their lack of professionalism. I feel like coming from the working world I have some wisdom I could impart.
So, life goes on, one more year and a few more challenges to keep life interesting.