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Experience Japan

Sponsored by the Japanese government, The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program also known as the JET Program, invites young college and university graduates to experience a year in Japan.
Currently, the JET Program is one of the longest and most successful exchange programs between Japan and the United States.
Each year a nationwide search is conducted for qualified and enthusiastic candidates.
For more information or to order a JET Program Application Packet please contact:
Consulate-General of Japan
601 Union Street, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98101
ATTN: Lynn Miyauchi, JET Program Coordinator
206-682-9107 x136
jet@se.mofa.go.jp

For eligibility requirements and application information please contact:

The JET Program promotes better understanding between Japan and other countries. The program's goals are to intensify foreign language education in Japan, and to promote international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET Program participants (JETs).

The program is conducted by local governments within Japan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).

JET participants are placed with "contracting organizations" throughout Japan. The contracting organizations consist of Prefecture and designated city?@governments, as well as individual city, town, and village governments and some private schools. Participants work in public schools, government offices and international associations.

Since its beginning in 1987, annual program numbers have grown from less than 1,000 participants from 4 countries to over 6,000 people from more than 40 countries. Nearly half of these participants are from the United States.

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JET Program positions available:

1) Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)

ALTs, who make-up the majority of the program participants, are mostly placed in public middle and high schools, where they assist Japanese Teachers of English (JTEs). Many ALTs also contribute to their school communities through extra-curricular activities and various other community events. It is not required for ALTs to have previous Japanese language knowledge to apply; however, a strong interest in learning Japanese is desirable.

2) Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)

CIRs are placed in prefectural and municipal government offices as well as international associations. The CIR position varies widely, depending on the contracting organizations. As a CIR, you might implement international exchange or language education programs, receive guests from abroad, give speeches, or assist with translation and interpreting. A functional level of Japanese language is required for the CIR position.

For eligibility requirements and application information please contact the Seattle JET coordinator or your nearest Consulate.