The Government of Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme 2020 for young South Africans (Fully Funded to Japan
Application Deadline: NOVEMBER 8, 2019
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. 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,
participants) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as
public and private elementary, junior high and senior high schools in
The Programme is implemented by local authorities and
other organisations (hereinafter, contracting organisations) of Japan in
cooperation with 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 (hereinafter, CLAIR).
The JET Programme
started in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating
countries. In 2019, there were 5,761 participants on the Programme from
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
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 a contracting organisation for a one-year period. 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 of their contracting organisations, they are required to uphold behaviour befitting civil servants.
1) As part of the general criteria, applicants must:
(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.
(2) Be both mentally and physically healthy.
Position and duties
Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education or publicly run elementary, junior high and senior high schools.
Participants who are mainly assigned to local boards of education or 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 junior 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 of teachers of a foreign language, etc.
5)Assistance 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)Assistance in foreign language speech contests.
8)Engagement in local international exchange activities.
9)Other duties as specified by the contracting organisation.
The Government of Japan is calling for applications from young
South Africans who would like to spend at least one year in Japan as
Assistant Language Instructors (ALTs) under a highly successful
international exchange programme for university graduates.
PLEASE COURIER (WITH A TRACKING NUMBER) OR HAND DELIVER YOUR COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE TO:
EMBASSY OF JAPAN
259 BAINES STREET
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 8, 2019 (APPLICATIONS MUST ARRIVE AT THE EMBASSY OF JAPAN BY THIS DATE)
RESULTS: Successful and Unsuccessful Applicants will be contacted by e-mail – Please DO NOT contact the Embassy of Japan to enquire about the outcome of your application.
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