Name: The JET Programme (or JET Program)
The long of it: The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
The short of it: JET
The JET Programme, along with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recruits and assists in placing university graduates (no age limit) from around the world, in various schools in Japan (elementary, junior and senior high). The majority of participants work as ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) who teach English. The main focus is on grassroot internationalisation between the ALT and his/her students, teachers, and the community in which the participant lives. I recommend visiting the official JET Programme website to find out more information – the site is constantly updated and provides all the details needed for aspiring, current and former JETs.
The JET Programme website has a great Q&A page that I recommend having a look at.
The following blog posts are what I have written over the years relating to the JET Programme and working as an ALT.
Applying for the JET Programme:
Writing the Statement of Purpose Essay:
Preparing for the Interview:
Interview results explained:
Placements, Predecessors and Pre-departure:
Tokyo Orientation and Introducing Yourself lesson:
And for those South Africans out there who are interested in the programme, here is the link to the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria’s website: