SINCE 1987, THE JET PROGRAMME HAS INVITED THE WORLD TO JAPAN
Established in 1987, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme has brought young people from around the world to Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and Sports Education Advisors (SEAs) in kindergartens, elementary, high schools, or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local governments and boards of education. In addition to being on the most highly respected exchange programme of its type, it is also one of Japan's most successful cultural and diplomatic initiatives.
In 2017, there were 5,163 JETs, with 351 from Australia. As participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries, they are therefore expected to demonstrate a sense of responsibility in all their activities. Ideally, applicants should be adaptable, and demonstrate a positive interest in Japan and its culture.
Application guidelines can be found at the Japanese embassy website.
- JETs will attend a post-arrival orientation in Tokyo for 2 days when they arrive (either in April, July or August arrivals).
- There are skill development conferences for ALTs, CIRs and SEAs held at different times of the year.
- JETs who volunteer to be Prefectural Advisors (PAs) will attend conferences that train them in their additional responsibilities.
- Career fairs are held by CLAIR in Osaka and Tokyo to provide guidance and information for JETs seeking to work in Japan.
- For 3rd year JETs with sufficiently high Japanese language skills, CLAIR also provides a JET Internship Programme.
- For JETs in their final year, the After JET Conference provides information on possible career path after JET.
- There are also Japanese language education packs that JETs can use to study and self-test throughout the year.
- AJET also organises social clubs, activities and support for fellow JETs.