JET Programme - 2019 Press Release

49 Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
participants depart from Vancouver

Vancouver – Of the 191 Canadians invited by the Government of Japan to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme this year, 49, largely from British Columbia, are departing from Vancouver with the majority (41) departing on August 3, 2019.  They will join other Canadians already in Japan who will extend their contracts for an additional year.
In the entire program, Canada has the third largest number of participants with 557 as of July 1, 2019. The United States ranks first and the U.K ranks second.  In Canada, B.C.’s level of participation is ranked second to Toronto, Ontario.
The majority of the B.C. JETs (48) will act as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) engaging in English language education in junior and senior high schools.  One participant will work as a Coordinator for International Relations (CIR) assisting a local government with its international endeavors. 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.  Participants from Canada and elsewhere are assigned to localities in many of Japan’s 47 prefectures and 17 designated cities.
2019 marks the 33rd year of the JET Programme. Since 1987, the JET Programme has developed into one of the world's largest personal exchange projects with over 5,700 current participants from 57 countries. Since Canada’s inclusion as a participant country in 1988, the total number of Canadians having participated in the program has grown to 9,469.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recruits for the JET Programme from September to November each year.  The final selection is announced in April after application screening and interviews have taken place.  Successful Canadian candidates depart for Japan at the beginning of August.  This year’s group departure will take place on August 3.