JET Programme - 2018 Press Release

82 Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
participants depart from Vancouver

Vancouver – Of the 244 Canadians invited by the Government of Japan to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme this year, 82, largely from British Columbia, are departing from Vancouver with the majority (76) departing on August 4, 2018.  They will join other Canadians already in Japan who will extend their contracts for an additional year.
In the entire program, Canada has the second largest number of participants with 566 as of July 1, 2018. The United States ranks first and the U.K ranks third.  In Canada, B.C.’s level of participation is ranked first, ahead of Toronto.
The majority of the B.C. JETs (77) will act as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) engaging in English language education in junior and senior high schools.  Five participants 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 Kyushu to Hokkaido.
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.
2018 marks the 32nd year of the JET Programme. Since 1987, the JET Programme has developed into one of the world's largest personal exchange projects with over 5,500 current participants from 44 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, 278.
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 4.