Do you plan on working as a teacher abroad? If so, you might like to try to apply for the JET Programme.
Japan has started accepting applications for Assistant Language Teacher positions for the 2024 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.
What is 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.
The JET Programme is one of the largest exchange programs 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.
The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is for all young University graduates to work in Japan as a Teacher.
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) will work in private or public schools, or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned to. Their primary task is to assist the Japanese Teachers of English to prepare teaching materials and plan and supervise extracurricular activities for students.
From September to
Late January or mid-February
Late March or Early April
|First screening results|
(released to only qualified applicants)
|Interviews||Interview results are released (Official result)||Release of Placements||Departure for Japan|
Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) will be deployed in either private or public schools, as well as local boards of education within their designated prefecture or municipality. ALTs play a crucial supportive role in English language classes, collaborating closely with Japanese Teachers of English to facilitate effective learning. Their key duties and responsibilities include:
- Teaching Material Preparation: ALTs will actively participate in the preparation of teaching materials, ensuring that classroom resources are engaging and conducive to effective language learning.
- Extracurricular Activity Planning: ALTs are responsible for the planning and supervision of extracurricular activities for students, which may include organizing English clubs or sports-related activities. These endeavors promote a holistic language learning experience and encourage student participation outside of regular classes.
- Cultural and International Exchange: ALTs play a pivotal role in organizing cultural and international exchange programs. These initiatives promote cross-cultural understanding and provide students with valuable exposure to different cultures and languages, enriching their educational experience.
By fulfilling these primary responsibilities, ALTs contribute significantly to the English language education of students in Japan and foster a deeper appreciation for international perspectives and communication.
JET Program Qualifications
- You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date.
- Must be a Filipino citizen and both mentally and physically healthy.
- Not have participated in the Programme since the 2021 JET Programme year or have participated in the Programme for more than 6 years in total.
- Must not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years in total since 2014.
- Agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence and obey all Japanese laws.
- Should have a functional command of the English or Japanese language.
Additional evaluation points will be given to applicants who:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in English or Education.
- Have a professional language teaching license and/or experience (especially in a classroom setting).
- General teaching experience or qualifications. (See Note 2)
- Possess a Japanese language background (JLPT passer) and/or Japanese study background. (See Note 2)
- experience traveling/living in foreign countries.
Jet Program Requirements
- Application Guidelines (PDF) – Please read through the guidelines thoroughly before starting your application. Do NOT submit this document.
- Application Form (PDF) – This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed on A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable PDF form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
- Form Appendices (PDF) – Please fill this up and submit only if you need additional space for your Employment History and/or Teaching Experience. This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed on A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable PDF form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
- Information Slip and Agreement of Document Submission (PDF) – Please print this document on A4 or letter-sized paper. Accomplish one copy of this and place it on top of your original application form.
- Chart Sheet of Application (PDF) – This is a supplement to the application form. Do NOT submit this document.
- Self-Report of Medical Condition(s) (PDF) – All applicants are required to submit this form with their application. This must be typewritten (except for the signature) and printed on A4 or letter-sized paper. We recommend using a Web browser such as Microsoft Edge or Chrome to accomplish the form. As this is an editable form, please use your mouse and click on the form fields to type out your answers or tick the checkboxes. Please do not change the font size for your answers.
- Statement of Purpose (2-page, double-spaced essay). Describe your motivation, purpose, and qualifications for participating in the JET Program. This should be typewritten on A4-sized paper, with 10.5 Arial font and a 1-inch margin on each side. Do not print on both sides of the paper.
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation. References should be academic or professional (from a professor, advisor, or supervisor). If you are submitting a recommendation letter written in Japanese, you must attach an appropriate/approximate English translation with it.
- College/University Transcripts. From ALL colleges and universities attended, including study abroad institutions. Transcripts must be official; unofficial transcripts and/or student portal screenshots will not be accepted. Certified true copies can be submitted in lieu of originals.
- Proof of Graduation (Diploma, Certificate of Graduation). Showing the conferral of a bachelor’s degree or graduate studies degree (if applicable). Certified true copies can be submitted in lieu of originals.
- Proof of Philippine Citizenship. Such as a passport, birth certificate, etc
- Statement of Physician (PDF) – If the applicant lists medical history in the Self-Report of Medical Conditions form that requires a clearance to participate from a physician or medical specialist.
- Teaching Certification – If the applicant has a PRC certification to teach (grade level, subject, substitute, etc.)
- TESL/TEFL Certification – If the applicant has completed a certificate in English as a Second/Foreign Language.
- Japanese Language Certification – If the applicant has passed any level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)
- Criminal History Background Check (NBI Clearance) – If the applicant lists any relevant history in the application.
All application materials required for this program are due on November 17, 2023 (Friday) and must be submitted via post or courier (LBC, Grab Express, Lalamove, etc.) or personally hand-delivered to:
|The JET Programme|
Japan Information and Culture Center
Embassy of Japan in the Philippines
2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300
For same-day courier services and personally hand-delivered documents: kindly proceed to the back entrance of the Embassy of Japan – Lancaster St. cor FB Harrison St.
The Embassy can only receive documents at the back entrance on weekdays [except holidays] from 9:00am to 12:30pm, and 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Our security personnel have the right to refuse packages that arrive outside of those times, as well as packages delivered through the other entrances.)
For more details about the JET Programme, please visit the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines website here.