The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is a large-scale exchange programme administered by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) in Japan.
Through the JET Programme, people from participating countries are invited to Japan and are appointed to work as ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers), CIRs (Coordinators for International Relations) or SEAs (Sports Exchange Advisors) by local governments in Japan for one year (up to 5 years). Please note that Jamaicans can only apply for the ALT position at this moment.
The JET Programme aims to promote internationalization in Japan’s local communities by improving foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth. The objectives of the programme are being achieved as JET Programme participants serve in local authorities as well as in public and private elementary, and junior and senior high schools in Japan.
The JET Programme started in 1987 and in 2017 there were 5,163 participants on the Programme from 44 countries. There are currently 105 (as of July, 2017) Jamaicans on the Exchange Programme bringing the total to 329 Jamaicans who have participated on the Exchange Programme since the year 2000.
Jamaicans on the JET Programme have always received high praises over the last eighteen (18) years. It is of great importance that this excellent reputation and high level of respectability is maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries. Therefore, the tradition must continue and in so doing enrich the promotion of mutual understanding between the two countries.
JET Programme: About Us
April 4, 2018