The Government of Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme 2019 for young South Africans (Fully Funded to Japan)

Application Deadline: November 9th 2018

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.

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 Japan.

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).

  • 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.

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.

Detailed information and Application Form

The Embassy of Japan
Cultural and Information Section
259 Baines Street

Telephone: 012 452 1607
Facsimile: 012 460 3880

Email: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Government of Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme 2019



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