Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme : Young South Africans are encouraged to apply to the government of Japan’s very successful international exchange program for university graduates if they want to work as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) for at least one year in Japan.
The JET Program gives participants the opportunity to work for local governments as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan, thereby achieving the program’s goals.
The 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).
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Applicants must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program:
- Applicants must have obtained relevant bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
- Participants are to carry out their duties as ALTs under the guidance of language teachers’ consultants or Japanese teachers of the foreign language as specified by the supervisor and/or principal of the board of education and/or school.
- Must demonstrate excellent teaching and research abilities.
- Applicants must be willing to stay in Japan and serve the term of the programme.
- Be a young South African graduate.
Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.
The following is a general outline of duties, though they may vary from one Contracting Organisation to another.
(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 the 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
(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.
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How to Apply | Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
The following supporting documents must be submitted along with the online application form in order to be considered for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme 2022–2023:
- 2023 Application form
- 2023 JET Programme Applicant Self-Report of Medical Condition(s).
- Certified record/Transcript
- Essay (Statement of Purpose)
- Certification of Graduation
- Letters of Reference
- Teaching or language proficiency qualifications
- Proof of Identity
- Criminal Record/ Police Clearance Certificate.