The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Programme 2018:
Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) for Field Hockey

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The New Zealand JET Programme is currently seeking TWO qualified Field Hockey coach to serve as Sports Exchange Advisors (SEA) in Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture and Oita Prefecture! Please read all the information below, and make sure to get your application in BEFORE 5:00PM MARCH 19TH, 2018! Successful candidates will be contacted for interviews in April.


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. On 1 July 2017, the Programme included 5,163 participants from 44 countries, including 235 (225 ALTs, and 10 CIRs) from New Zealand in locations throughout Japan. Since 1987, over 3,000 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.

Sports Exchange Advisors (SEAs) work for local governments, coaching and promoting internationalization through the universal language of sports. SEAs are sports professionals whose role is to assist with sports training and the planning of sports-related projects. This is a comparatively new sector of the JET Programme having been introduced in 1996. Countries send SEAs on the JET Programme to coach specialist sports. Currently there are only 8 SEAs on the JET Programme, but with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, the JET Programme is looking to recruit more sports professionals for specific regions.

2018 Field Hockey SEA Placement
The successful applicants will be placed in either Maibara City, Shiga Prefecture or Oita Prefecture.

Maibara CityMaibara City is located in North-Eastern Shiga, bordering on the coast of the famous Lake Biwa, as well as boasting the tallest mountain in the prefecture — Mount Ibuki, at 1337.4 metres. Famous for fireflies and fresh trout, the Maibara area is known for its abundance of nature and history. Easy to visit, and a great central home base, Maibara is a Shinkansen stop on the Hokuriku line, only 30 minutes from Osaka! Maibara City has been chosen as the host city for the New Zealand Field Hockey team in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Maibara City home page:

Oita PrefectureOita Prefecture is located in Southern Japan, in the North-East of the island of Kyushu. Particularly famed for its incredible abundance of natural hotsprings (the most in Japan, with more than 4,300 across the prefecture) and variety of local product from both the land and sea, Oita is a popular tourist spot for Japanese and international visitors alike.
Oita Prefecture home page:

Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) Applicants must:
- Be a New Zealand Citizen
- Excel at and have practical experience coaching Field Hockey
- Have an interest in living and coaching in Japan

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 AND/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 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 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.

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
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
Consular Office of Japan
(Temporary office)
12 Peterborough Street
Christchurch 8013
Attn: JET Officer
Tel: (03) 366-5680
Fax: (03) 365-3173

2018 JET Calendar in New Zealand - SEA Timeline


SEA Applicants

January 2018 Applications open
March 19th, 2018 Applications close @ 5:00pm
Early April 2018 Second stage of screening process (interviews)
May 2018 Notification of selection (results announced)
19 August 2018 Depart for Japan

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

2018 JET Programme SEA Guidelines & Application Forms

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


  1. All applicants must follow the instructions as stated in the Application Guidelines, and fill out their Application Form in accordance with the Instructions for filling out the Application Form PDF.
  2. Make sure that you read the "Applicants' checklist" (page 8 of the guidelines), before you submit your application pack.
  3. Please ensure that all answers are clearly LEGIBLE when written out (i.e. all text is contained within the borders of the answer boxes, and your writing is not too small).
  4. All application packs MUST ARRIVE at the Japan Information and Cultural Centre, Embassy of Japan by 5pm, Monday 19 March 2018, 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 SEA position are NOW CLOSED. The following information is REFERENCE ONLY.

  1. Download the Instructions for filling out the Application form[PDF, 44 kB]
  2. Download the 2018 JET Programme Application Guidelines[PDF, 143 kB]
  3. Download the 2018 JET Programme Application Form[PDF, 161 kB]
  4. Download the Statement of Physician[PDF, 82 kB] You only need to submit this if you now have, or have ever had any physical or mental condition/illness.

Once you have completed your application, please deliver it to:
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

Questions? Feel free to contact us at (04) 495-8333 or by e-mail at

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