The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme is run by the Japanese government, sending college graduates to work in schools throughout Japan.
JET participants are sent to all parts of Japan, from Okinawa to Hokkaido for one to five years. The majority of JETs serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs), working in tandem with Japanese language teachers to develop curricula and communicative language skills in students K-12. A smaller number of JETs serve as Coordinators of International Relations (CIRs). These JETs have strong Japanese language skills and often work in a town or city hall promoting international relations between their host community and their home country.
The JET experience is more than teaching, however. Because JETs are most often placed in rural towns outside of the larger urban centers, they have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the community. Outside of the classroom JETs can be found teaching adults English at night, volunteering at senior centers and leading any variety of extracurricular clubs for students of all ages. In short, they become part of their new community, and when they return home after their time on JET many maintain the close ties they developed while in Japan.
College graduates interested in Japan and/or English language education are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit www.jetprogramme.org.