I have heard about the JET Program vaguely in the past and have not thought about it much let alone visited their website until recently. For anyone who doesn`t know about this program, let me briefly explain. The JET program stands for The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. JET is conducted by local authorities and other organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign, Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Affairs. The objectives of the program aims to improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.

Currently, there are 3 job titles an applicant can apply for. Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Coordinator for International Relations (CIR), and Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA). Please visit the official JET website for more details of each title. As of July of 2009, there are 36 countries who are participating in the JET program with 4,436 participants enrolled since the launched of the JET back in 1987. Enrollment occurs twice a year. The dates of enrollment varies depending on the participant countries. Check with your local JET website for actual dates and deadline submissions.

Unfortunately, the application deadline for myself has passed. I will need to wait until fall. The criteria for me is a bit different, however. I read the guidelines and I do qualify, which I am happy to say. Being selected is another. JET program is like taking a MBE (Multistate Bar Examination). There will be many applicants but only selected few will be chosen at the end. I am up for the challenge.

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