Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

Applications are now OPEN for Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) positions in the 2018 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
NOTE  : The screening committee takes into consideration the applicants’ ability to follow the guidelines and instructions. Please follow the instructions carefully. 

ALTs will work in public schools or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. As ALTs, their primary task is to assist in classes led by Japanese Teachers of English/Language (JTEs/JTLs) in the following manners:
● Assisting in the preparation of teaching materials;
● Planning and supervision of extracurricular activities for students, such as English club or sport activities;
● Organizing cultural or international exchange programs.

Applicants must:
  • be a Filipino citizen.
  • possess excellent English ability and be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in English.
  • be able to form sentences in a comprehensive and logical manner. (See Note 1)
  • be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.
  • be physically and mentally healthy.
  • be willing and able to adapt to living and working in Japan, and responsibly complete their term of appointment.
  • hold a Bachelor's degree or higher.
  • have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.
  • be interested in the Japanese education system, particularly foreign language education in Japan.
  • be interested in working with children.
  • be qualified as a language teacher or be strongly motivated to take part in the teaching of foreign languages.
  • not have lived in Japan for six (6) or more years in total since 2008.
  • be below 40 years old.
Additional evaluation points will be given to applicants who:
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in English or Education.
  • Have a professional language teaching license and/or experience (especially in classroom setting).
  • Have a general teaching experience or qualifications. (See Note 2)
  • Have a Japanese language background (JLPT passer) and/or Japan study background. (See Note 2)
  • Have experience traveling/living in foreign countries.
  1. An applicant’s ability to use the English language accurately and appropriately will be assessed based on the information he or she will provide in the application documents, as well as the results of an in-house English exam.
  2. The screening process also involves a teaching demonstration in English and a Nihongo conversation test.
Please download the application documents below:
For more details about JET Programme, please visit http://jetprogramme.org/en/.

About the JET Programme

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme was launched in 1987 to boost the internationalization of Japanese communities and to strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and other nations by giving professionals from various countries employment opportunities in local Japanese municipalities. Over the years, the number of programme participants steadily increased. Last year, Japan opened its doors to 1,906 participants from 44 countries, including the Philippines, which first joined the JET Programme in 2014.

The JET Programme is conducted by local authorities and other organizations (Contracting Organizations) of Japan with the help of 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). 

All interested individuals are welcome to join the JET Programme. Successful JET Programme applicants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries and will be assigned in local authorities including public and private primary, junior high, and senior high schools. The JET Programme demands at least a year-long commitment from its participants. As such, it is preferable for participants to be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing various job duties, and to have a deep interest in Japan. 

Upon the duration of the Programme, the participants are expected to be able to build strong relationships among the people in their assigned communities in Japan through various language and cultural exchange activities. Ideally, upon returning to their home countries, participants would not only keep their ties with their local communities in Japan, but also use their expanded network and experience to further develop the bilateral relations between Japan and their home countries. 

The JET Programme is one of the largest exchange programmes in the world. It has gained an excellent reputation globally over the last 30 years. Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its Japanese Embassies and Consulates in participating countries, facilitates the recruitment, application, and selection process for the JET Programme.