2017 JET Programme Send-Off Reception

On July 28th, a Send-off Reception was held at the Consul General's official residence for the 50 JET Programme participants departing from Vancouver on July 29th. An additional participant departed in April and another will depart later in August, bringing the total to 52 participants.
The majority of the B.C. JETs (50) will act as Assistant Language Teachers ( ALTs ) engaging in English language education in elementary, junior and senior high schools.  Two participants will work as a Coordinator for International Relations ( CIR ) assisting local governments with their international activities. Participants will be located in areas throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
The JET Programme seeks to promote mutual understanding between Japan and other countries and foster international perspectives among Japanese people through the efforts of the JET workers. In the year of its inception in 1987, The JET Programme invited 848 foreign youths from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Since Canada’s inclusion as a participant country in 1988, the total number of Canadians having participated in the program exceeds 9000.

Watch video of the reception on our YouTube Channel.

Consul General Okai addresses the new JET participants and reception guests

Ms. Shirley Zhang (CIR) speaks

Mr. Brendan Mohns (ALT) speaks

Ms. Titania Lam, President of the JET Alumni Association of BC and Yukon, makes a toast

Consul General Okai with 2017 JET participants