Applications for the Government of Japan’s JET Program 2024 are now being accepted. Young graduates worldwide are eligible to apply for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), which is supported by the Japanese government. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply.
By encouraging understanding between Japanese and foreign citizens, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program aims to improve internationalization in Japan. The Program seeks to strengthen international exchange and improve foreign language instruction locally by establishing connections between Japanese and foreign youngsters.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. In 2019, there were 5,761 participants on the Programme from 57 countries.
The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations who appoint Participants in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
Available Positions and Duties:
Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools. Some of the positions include;
(1) Assistance in foreign language classes, etc. taught in elementary, junior high and senior high schools.
(2) Assistance in foreign language activities, etc. in elementary schools.
(3) Assistance in preparation of materials for teaching a foreign language.
(4) Assistance in language training for teachers of a foreign language, etc.
(5) Cooperation in extracurricular activities and club activities (see Note 1).
(6) Provision of information on language and other related subjects for people such as teachers’ consultants and foreign language teachers (e.g. word usage, pronunciation, etc.).
(7) Cooperation in foreign language speech contests.
(8) Cooperation in local international exchange activities.
(9) Other duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor or the school principal.
Application procedures and requirements slightly vary depending on the country of applicant, please refer to the JET Programme Leaflet or the Japanese embassy in your home country for specific requirements and application instructions
Applying to participate on the JET Programme is a long and competitive process. However, the rewards of being chosen are well worth the effort. Successful applicants receive a one-year term of appointment with a contracting organisation in Japan.