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The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (hereinafter, Programme) seeks to enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and Jamaica

The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike.
The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants (hereinafter, Participant(s)) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high, and senior high schools in Japan.

The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (hereinafter, Contracting Organisation(s)) 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 (hereinafter, CLAIR).

The Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. In 2019, there were 5,761 participants on the Programme from 57 countries.
As the Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 33 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as honoured representatives of their countries. As such, they are expected to be responsible in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is therefore desirable that Participants be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing the job duties and have a deep interest in Japan.
Generally, Participants are appointed by prefectures, municipalities, and private schools, etc. as a member of staff for a 1-year period of participation on the Programme (hereinafter, period of participation).

The cost of transportation from the Participant’s origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by the tax payers of Japan via the Contracting Organisation where the Participant is appointed. Because Participants serve as civil servants and private school staff members of their Contracting Organisations, they are required to observe rules and behave responsibly.

Withdrawal from the Programme after receipt of assignment or early termination of participation should be avoided as it causes numerous problems for Contracting Organisations, in addition to severely impacting the administration of the Programme itself.

1. Assistant Language Teachers (ALT)
Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.

Participants who are mainly assigned to boards of education, elementary, junior high, or senior high schools 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. 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 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 (see Note 1).
(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.

Remuneration per annum is approximately \3,360,000 in the first year, \3,600,000 in the second year, and \3,900,000 in the third year. The sums above are reflective of one year of participation in the Programme based on the designated remuneration. Therefore, in the case where the period of participation is less than one year, the amount of remuneration will also be less than the above according to the length of the period of participation. In addition, in the case where a Participant who is deemed to have excellent work ability by the Contracting Organisation exceeds 3 years, the remuneration will be approximately \3,960,000 in both the fourth and the fifth year. This remuneration is a sufficient amount to cover average living expenses in Japan.

The 2020 JET Programme Application Guidelines (Word)
*Please read the document carefully and follow the instructions.

The 2020 Document Submission Checklist (Word)

The 2020 JET Programme Application Form (Word)

JET Programme Application Form Chart Sheet (Word)

Self-Report of Medical Conditions (Word)

Statement of Physician – Depending on your medical history (Word)

Certificate of Health (Word) and Criminal Record
*These two (2) documents are required in your application package at the time of submission if you are applying for April or Early arrival.

Supporting Documents – Letters of Reference, Transcripts, Statement of Purpose, Teaching or Language Proficiency Qualifications, etc., must be arranged in a specific order. Please refer to The 2020 JET Programme Application Guidelines and The 2020 Document Submission Checklist.

For more Information: Visit the website for THE 2020 JAPAN EXCHANGE AND TEACHING (JET) PROGRAMME FOR JAMAICANS

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