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Applications for the 2014 JET Programme have now closed. The following information is for reference only.

JET Programme 2014 (for NZ nationals)

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About the JET Programme
The JET Programme was established by the Japanese Government in 1987 to promote internationalisation at the local level and New Zealand was one of the four original countries invited to participate. In 2012, the Programme included 4,360 participants from 40 countries, including 248 from New Zealand in locations throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 2,700 New Zealanders have participated on the JET Programme.

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.

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 (in any field) or a 3 year teaching diploma by the designated departure date (April 2014 for April departures, and the 27th of July 2014 for Group B 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 2004, and
  • not have participated in the JET Programme since the 2011-2012 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
    Fax: (04) 472-3416
    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

    2014 JET Calendar in New Zealand

    Applications for the 2014 JET Programme have now closed. The following information is for reference only.

    All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Tuesday 3 December 2013, by post or by personal delivery.This deadline will be strictly observed, and late applications will not be accepted. Early applications are much appreciated.

    Calendar

    ALT/CIR April and after April but before Group B arrivals

    ALT/CIR Group B
    August arrivals

    SEA (if positions become available for 2013)

    October 2013
    Applications open
    Applications open
     
    5pm Tuesday
    3rd December 2013
    Applications close
    Applications close
     
    January 2014
    First stage of screening process (written applications)
    First stage of screening process (written applications)
     
    Mid-January 2014
    Notification of interview Notification of interview
    Applications open
    Mid- February 2014
    Interviews
    Interviews
     
    March 2014
    Announcement of status (short-list, reserve or unsuccessful) Notification of selection and placement
       
    April 2014

    Pre-departure Orientation and preparation

    Announcement of status (short-list, reserve or unsuccessful)
    Applications close
    Mid April 2014

    Arrive in Japan and start of contract

    Arrival at any designated time in Japan of Early Arrivals and start of appointment

       
    May 2014
     
    Notification of selection and placement
    Interviews

    June 2014

     
    Q&A weekend

     
    Late July - Early August 2014
     
    Pre-departure Orientation

    Arrive in Japan and start of contract
     
    Mid August 2014
       
    Depart for Japan

    Please note: Reserves can receive notice of being upgraded to the short list any time between May 2014 until the second week of December 2014.

    2014 JET Programme Presentations

    2014 JET Programme presentation dates and times are below.

    Auckland

    Information session at AUT University
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Information session at Massey University Albany Campus
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Information session at University of Auckland
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Waikato (Hamilton)

    Information session at University of Waikato
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Wellington

    Information session at Victoria University of Wellington
    When: Friday, 19 September 2014, 12pm-1pm
    Where: Hunter Building HULT323

    Information session at Massey University (Wellington campus)
    When: Thursday 2 October 2014 1pm-2pm
    Where: TBC

    Information session at Japan Information and Cultural Centre
    When: TBC
    Where: Embassy of Japan, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street

    Information session at Japan Information and Cultural Centre
    When: TBC
    Where: Embassy of Japan, Level 18, Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street

    Palmerston North

    Information session in Palmerston North
    When: Wednesday, 1 October, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
    Where: Palmerston North Library (Central), Ground Floor

    Christchurch

    Drop-in on-campus opportunity at Lincoln University
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Information session at University of Canterbury
    When: TBC
    Where: TBC

    Dunedin

    Information session at Otago University
    When: Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 1pm to 2pm
    Where: Burns 2

     

    2014 JET Programme Guidelines & Application Forms
    (for NZ nationals)

    Applications for the 2014 JET Programme have now closed. The following information is for reference only.

    Instructions:

  • Download the 2014 JET Programme Application form, guidelines and instructions as below.
  • 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.
  • On clicking "Submit Form" a box will appear asking you to enter your Email address and Full name, press "Next" when completed.
  • 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 "2014 JET Programme application" as the subject.
  • Submitting your form to the above address 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 2014 JET Programme.
  • ALL applicants must then print out the completed form, sign it, and then follow the instructions as stated in the Application Guidelines.
  • Make sure that you read the "Applicants' checklist" (page 12 of the guidelines), before you submit your application pack.
  • 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).
  • All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Tuesday 3 December 2013, by post or by personal delivery. This deadline will be strictly observed, and late applications will not be accepted. Early applications are appreciated.
  • 2014 JET Programme application documents

    Download the 2014 JET Programme Application Forms [PDF, 394kB] Please ensure you use Adobe Reader version 10 or above to complete this form. On Mac computers do not complete the form in Preview.

    Download the 2014 JET Programme Guidelines [PDF, 506 kB]

    Download the Instructions for filling out the Application form [PDF, 246kB]

    Download the Statement of Physician [PDF, 140kB] 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:

    Auckland

    Amelia Sirimanne (President)
    JETAA Auckland
    Email:president@aucklandjetaa.org
    http://aucklandjetaa.org/

    Wellington

    Emma White (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/

    Christchurch

    Helen Clark (President)
    JETAA South Island
    PO Box 13 748
    Christchurch 8141
    Email: jetaasiweb@hotmail.com
    http://jetaasouthisland.wordpress.com/

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