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Japan Exchange & Teaching Programme 

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Funded and Organised by:

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What is the JET Programme?

The JET Programme was started in 1987 with the purpose of increasing mutual understanding between the people of Japan and the people of other nations. It aims to promote internationalisation in Japan’s local communities by helping to improve foreign language education and developing international exchange at the community level.


2019 marks the 33rd year of the JET Programme. Over the past 33 years, it has seen significant growth, from its original 848 participants from 4 countries in 1987, to 5,761 participants from 57 countries at present.

There are currently approximately 1000 local government organisations, including 45 prefectures and 18 designated cities which host JET participants.


JET Positions

  • Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) - These participants are placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education. ALTs assist with classes taught by Japanese Teachers of English/Language (JTEs/JTLs) and are thus involved in the preparation of teaching materials and in extracurricular activities like English clubs or sports teams. More than 90% of JET participants are employed as ALTs.

  • Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) - Applicants with a functional command of the Japanese language can apply to work as CIRs, assisting local government offices in international exchange activities at the local level. Just under 10% of JET participants are CIRs and major duties often include translation/interpretation for government officials, teaching community or school English classes, and international exchange event planning and implementation.

  • Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) - SEAs work for local governments, coaching and promoting internationalisation through the universal language of sports. SEAs are sports professionals whose role is to assist with sports training and the planning of sports related projects. (Not Available in the Philippines)

For our recent JET Webinar(s) please click here.

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Embassy of Japan in the Philippines



Name of Program: JET Programme
Country: Japan
Program Duration: 1 year renewable up to 5 years
Application Start Date: Late October/November
Departure Date: April or September
Placement: Various Japanese Contracting Organisations


Deadline of Application: December 3, 2021


Note: Program dates are subject to change

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