The JET Program is an initiative sponsored by the Japanese government to promote internationalization at the grassroots level by bringing young, college-educated individuals to work in communities throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 60,000 participants from countries around the world have come to Japan on the JET Program. JET participants work full-time as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in the public school system or as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) in local government offices. With the JET Program, participants can gain valuable work experience abroad and explore a rich and historical culture.
ALTs promote internationalization and teach English in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools throughout Japan. They team-teach together with Japanese teachers of English.
CIRs must be fluent in Japanese in order to work in local government offices in Japan. They promote cultural exchange, translate for foreign delegations, plan community events and programs, and edit and publish bilingual newsletters.