JET Programme participants come to Japan as one of the following positions: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) or Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA).
All participants, regardless of their title, are in Japan for the same the same reason: to interact with local communites to promote internationalisation at the local level.
【Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)】
These participants are placed mainly in public schools or local boards of education. ALTs assist with classes taught by Japanese teachers of English (JTE) and are thus involved in the preparation of teaching materials and in extracurricular activities like English clubs or sports teams. More than 90% of JET participants are employed as ALTs.
Typical duties for an ALT:
・"Team teaching," or assisting with classes taught by JTEs
・Assisting in the preparation of teaching materials
・Participating in extra-curricular activities with students
【Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)】
Applicants with a functional command of the Japanese language can apply to work as CIRs, assisting local government offices in international exchange activities at the local level. Just under 10% of participants are CIRs and major duties often include translation/interpretation for government officials, teaching community or school foreign language classes, and international exchange event planning and implementation.
Duties for a CIR may include:
・Receiving guests from abroad
・Editing and producing pamphlets in English or Japanese
・Advising and planning international exchange programmes
・Teaching English (or other languages) to government employees and local residents
【Sports Exchange Advisors (SEA)】
SEAs work for local governments, coaching and promoting internationalisation 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. For the 2012-2013 JET Programme year, there are 9 SEAs placed throughout Japan.
*Recruitment of SEAs differs greatly from that of ALTs and CIRs, and applicants to the SEA position must be recommended by either the participating country's National Olympic Committee or another government organisation.