Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET)

About Japan Exchange & Teaching Program (JET)

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators.

The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Only the best candidates are chosen to represent America. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.

Each fall, applications are reviewed to ensure that all required documents have been submitted. Applicants who pass the initial screening are invited to interview. Selected candidates will be offered a position with the JET Program and then matched with a contracting organization.

Interested individuals are encouraged to like the Official JET Program USA Facebook page or follow the JET Program USA on Twitter. Updates and notifications about the new application cycle are typically posted in August/September.

The JET Program is implemented by contracting organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC). More information about each of the ministries and their relation to the JET Program can be found on the CLAIR website


Assistant Language Teacher

August 2018 - July 2023 Aomori, Aomori
“I had a wonderful experience as an ALT bonding with my two schools, their students and staff. Being placed in a rural area was both difficult at times, but incredibly rewarding working with students and their main teachers on their English skills. I had a lot of support from my supervisor, despite language barriers when I was getting settled in. Moving out was more my responsibility, but my supervisor took care of most paperwork issues once they were discussed and settled. My co-teachers Japanese Teachers of English (JTE), were a mixed batch. Some JTE's only wanted me to be a human tape recorder, others had me planning lessons on my own for classes. There are a wide variety of personalities to interact with, but as long as you show a willingness to work with them and that you are invested in education it (usually) works out. I was able to experience in real time my students change their perspectives on learning English. I won't say they love the subject now but they have more of an appreciation for what learning English is suppose to do, and what it can offer in the future.”
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