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JET Programme 2018 (for New Zealand Nationals)

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Applications for the JET Programme are NOW CLOSED. The following information is
REFERENCE ONLY.

Enquiries relating to the JET Programme are welcome at the Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch offices but applications must be submitted to the Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan in Wellington. Please also have a look at the FAQs on the Official JET Homepage.

Most participants are selected as Assistant Language Teachers, mainly at public schools. Others join the JET Programme as Coordinators for International Relations or Sports Exchange Advisors.

Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) help the Japanese foreign language teachers in class and assist in preparing teaching materials and class activities. They may assist in English language clubs and other extra-curricular activities. Knowledge of Japanese is not required to be an ALT.

Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) work in local government offices and are involved in international activities which might include editing publications, translation work, advising on the planning and implementation of exchange programmes, and interpreting at international events. A functional knowledge of written and spoken Japanese is needed to be a CIR.

Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) from New Zealand have assisted only in the coaching of rugby and sailing. This is a comparatively new sector of the JET Programme having been introduced in 1996. Other countries send SEAs on the JET Programme to coach specialist sports, for example table tennis coaching from China, soccer from Brazil, ice hockey from Canada, etc. Currently there are only 6 SEAs on the JET Programme (one from each of United States, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, Finland and Ghana). We have not received any requests to recruit anyone from NZ for the 2018 Programme at this stage.

Applications for ALT
The basic criteria for applying to join the JET Programme as an ALT are that candidates must be New Zealand citizens, and hold a bachelor's degree or have such qualification conferred (in any field) or a 3 year teaching diploma by the designated departure date (April 2018 for April arrivals, and late July 2018 for Participants).

Applications for CIR
In addition to the ALT requirements, CIRs must have a functional command of the Japanese language. (Japanese language proficiency is necessary to function in a Japanese office environment.

General Conditions Relating to the JET Programme
In addition to the criteria above, applicants must:
- Not have lived in Japan for six or more years in total since December 31st 2008, and
- Not have participated in the JET Programme since the 2015-2016 JET Programme year, or for more than five years in total.

The contracts are for one year, renewable twice by mutual agreement (the maximum term allowable as a JET participant is 3 years in most cases).
If also after careful consideration the contracting organisation deems the JET’s work performance, level of experience and ability to be of an exceptionally high standard, they may choose to extend appointment an additional two times (altogether five years).The principal of the JET Programme is that if all parties are in agreement, a JET participant will stay on at the same contracting organisation, in the same role.

Airfares to and from Japan are paid by the JET Programme, providing all conditions of the Programme are met.

Remuneration
Remuneration per annum is approximately ¥3,360,000 in the first year of appointment, ¥3,600,000 in the second year, ¥3,900,000 in the third year, and, in case the Contracting Organisation reappoints a participant whose work ability is deemed excellent more than 2 times, ¥3,960,000 in both the fourth year and the fifth year. In cases in which income and resident taxes are imposed (see application guidelines for details), participants must pay these taxes from this remuneration. This remuneration is a sufficient amount to cover average living expenses in Japan.

Enquiries
Enquiries relating to the JET Programme are welcome at the following offices but applications must be submitted to the Japan Information & Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan in Wellington.

AUCKLAND
Consulate-General of Japan
Level 15, AIG Building
41 Shortland Street
PO Box 3959
Auckland 1140
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (09) 303-4106
Fax: (09) 377-7784
Email: info-cul@ac.mofa.go.jp
WELLINGTON
Japan Information & Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
Level 18, The Majestic Centre
100 Willis Street
PO Box 6340
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (04) 495-8333
Email: jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp
CHRISTCHURCH
Consular Office of Japan
(Temporary office)
12 Peterborough Street
Christchurch 8013
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (03) 366-5680
Fax: (03) 365-3173
Email: cultural.chc@wl.mofa.go.jp


2018 JET Calendar in New Zealand

Applications for the JET Programme are NOW CLOSED. The following information is REFERENCE ONLY.

Calendar

ALT/CIR April and Early arrivals

ALT/CIR
August arrivals

SEA (pending 2018 requests)

2 October 2017 Applications OPEN Applications OPEN  
27 November 2017 5:00pm APPLICATIONS CLOSE APPLICATIONS CLOSE  
January 2018 First stage of screening process (written applications) First stage of screening process (written applications)  
Mid-January 2018 Notification of interview Notification of interview Applications open
Late-January / Early February 2018 Interviews and Submission of Health Certificate Interviews  
March 2018 Announcement of status (short-list, reserve or unsuccessful) Notification of selection and placement    
April 2018 Pre-departure Orientation and preparation Announcement of status (short-list, alternate, or unsuccessful) Applications close
8 April 2018 Arrive in Japan and start of contract

Arrival at any designated time in Japan of Early Arrivals and start of appointment
   
May 2018   Notification of selection and placement Interviews
June 2018   Q&A Sessions (Compulsory)  
July 2018   Submission of Passport for Visa and Pre-Departure Orientation (Compulsory)  
4-5 August 2018   Travel from New Zealand to Japan  
6 August 2018   Start of contract and Tokyo Orientation  
Mid-August 2018     Depart for Japan

Please note: Reserves can receive notice of being upgraded to the short list any time between May 2018 until the second week of December 2018.

 

2018 JET Programme Presentations (UPDATED: 28 September 2017)

Applications for the JET Programme are NOW CLOSED. The following information is REFERENCE ONLY.

2018 JET Programme presentation dates and times are below.

Auckland

Please refer to here in the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland website.

Waikato (Hamilton)

Please refer to here in the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland website.

Wellington

  • Information session at Massey University (Wellington campus)
    Date: Tuesday 8 August 2017
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Venue: Flax & Fern (Level 1 Above Tussock Café)
  • Information session at Victoria University of Wellington
    Date: Thursday 17 August 2017
    Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    Venue: KKLT301 (Kelburn Campus)
  • Information session at Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan
    Date: Thursday 21 September 2017
    Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Venue: Japan Information and Cultural Centre (Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street)
    Please RSVP via Eventfinda for security purposes.
  • FAQ & Info Session at Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan
    Date: Thursday 19 October 2017
    Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
    Venue: Japan Information and Cultural Centre (Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street)
    Please RSVP via Eventfinda for security purposes.

Palmerston North

  • Information session in Palmerston North
    Date: Tuesday 12 September 2017
    Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Venue: Ground Floor, Palmerston North Central Library

Christchurch

  • Information session at University of Canterbury
    Date: Thursday 28 September 2017
    Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm
    Venue: John Britten Building, Creyke Road, University of Canterbury

Dunedin

  • Information session at University of Otago
    Date: Tuesday 22 August 2017
    Time: 1:00 - 2:00pm
    Venue: Centre for Innovation Seminar Room

 

2018 JET Programme Guidelines & Application Forms
(For New Zealand nationals ONLY)

Applications for the JET Programme are NOW CLOSED. The following information is REFERENCE ONLY.

Instructions:

  1. Download the 2018 JET Programme Application form, guidelines and instructions as below.
  2. Complete the form in version 10 or above of the free Adobe reader according to the "Instructions for Filling out the Application Form", then click "Submit Form". Do not use any PDF viewers or editors other than Adobe reader. In particular, on Mac computers, do not use Preview to complete the form. There are several questions on the form that are compulsory. These will be highlighted in red (click “Highlight Existing Fields” in Adobe reader if these are not visible).
  3. On clicking "Submit Form" a box will appear asking you to enter your Email address and Full name, press "Next" when completed.
  4. Now you need to select how you wish to send the application form by selecting your Email client;
    Option 1)"Desktop Email Application". Send through an Email application on your computer such as Outlook, Eudora, or Mail. Selecting this option will send the application form as an e-mail attachment to "application@wl.mofa.go.jp".
    Option 2)"Internet Email". Send through an Internet Email service such as Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail. Choose this option if you want to send the form through your Internet Email service. To do so, you will need to save the form onto your computer, and then manually send it to "application@wl.mofa.go.jp" as an e-mail attachment, with "2018 JET Programme Application" as the subject.
  5. If you complete this process correctly, you will receive an automatic out-of-office response to confirm that your email has reached us. Please note that submitting your form via email to the address above is only the first step of the application process, and the whole process must be completed in order to make a full application for the 2018 JET Programme.
  6. All applicants must then print out the completed form, sign it, and then follow the instructions as stated in the Application Guidelines.
  7. Make sure that you read the "Applicants' Checklist" (page 9 of the guidelines), before you submit your application pack.
  8. Please ensure that all answers are clearly visible when printed out (i.e. that all text is contained within the borders of the answer boxes, and the font size is not too small).
  9. All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Monday 27 November 2017, by post or by hand-delivery. This deadline will be STRICTLY OBSERVED, and late applications will NOT be accepted. Early applications are appreciated.

2018 JET Programme Application Documents:

Applications for the JET Programme are NOW CLOSED. The following information is REFERENCE ONLY.

  1. Download the 2018 JET Programme Application Form[PDF, 286KB] Please ensure you use Adobe Reader version 10 or above to complete this form, as stated above. On Mac computers, DO NOT complete this form in Preview!
  2. Download the 2018 JET Programme Application Guidelines[PDF, 168KB]
  3. Download the Instructions for Filling out the Application Form[PDF, 66KB]
  4. Download the Statement of Physician[PDF, 83KB] You only need to submit this if you now have, or have ever had any physical or mental condition/illness

 

JET Alumni Associations

Former JET participants can contact:

JETAA NZ

Daniela Mageanu (Country Representative)
JETAA New Zealand
www.facebook.com/JETAA-NEW-ZEALAND

Auckland

Michaela Hickey (President)
JETAA Auckland
Email:president@aucklandjetaa.org
http://aucklandjetaa.org/

Wellington

Mark Dittmer (President)
JETAA Wellington
c/o Japan Information & Cultural Centre
Embassy of Japan
PO Box 6340
Marion Square
Wellington 6141
Email:jetaawellington@gmail.com
http://www.jetaawgtn.org.nz/events/

South Island

Daniela Mageanu (President)
JETAA South Island
PO Box 13 748
Christchurch 8141
Email: president@jetaasi.org
http://www.jetaasi.org
www.facebook.com/groups/jetaasouthisland

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