The Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program is a Japanese Government program that invites young university graduates to work in Japan public schools and government offices. JET represents more than just a job; it is an attempt to create “grass-roots international exchange at the local level.” Program participants are expected to become part of their local communities, sharing their own culture while learning about that of Japan. Now entering its 25th year, the Program boasts more than 54,000 alumni representing 56 countries worldwide.
On March 23, 24, and 25, staff from the Consulate-General of Japan, local community and academic leaders, and JET Program alumni met with 55 young professionals eager to live and work in Japan. Chosen from nearly 270 applicants across Texas and Oklahoma, those selected for interviews represent the best and the brightest. Those who pass the interview stage will travel to Tokyo in late July, where they will attend an intensive orientation before heading off to towns and villages across Japan.
For the JET alumni interviewers, the experience is more than just a job; it is an opportunity to give back. Interviewer Ryan Pauley described the experience thus: “JET meant a lot to me. I am excited to interview because I want to make sure that my school – all the schools – will be getting the best possible JETs. Working with JET applicants gives me the chance to re-live my experiences and refresh that sense of enthusiasm that first brought me to Japan. “
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