Deadline: 29th October 2021

Government of Japan JET Programme 2021-2022 Applications for Young South Africans (Assistant Language Instructors (ALTs)

PUFF AND PASS – The Government of Japan is calling for applications from young South Africans who would like to spend at least one year in Japan as Assistant Language Instructors (ALTs) under a highly successful international exchange programme for university graduates.

Position and duties

Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education, elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.

Participants who are mainly assigned to boards of education, elementary, junior high, or senior high schools are to carry out their duties as ALTs under the guidance of language teachers’ consultants or Japanese teachers of the foreign language as specified by the supervisor and/or principal of the board of education and/or school.

The following is a general outline of duties, though they may vary from one Contracting Organisation to another.(1) Assistance in foreign language classes, etc. taught in elementary, junior high and senior high schools.

(2) Assistance in foreign language activities, etc. in elementary schools.

(3) Assistance in preparation of materials for teaching a foreign language.

(4) Assistance in language training for teachers of a foreign language, etc.

(5) Cooperation in extracurricular activities and club activities (see Note 1).

(6) Provision of information on language and other related subjects for people such as teachers’ consultants and foreign language teachers (e.g. word usage, pronunciation, etc.).

(7) Cooperation in foreign language speech contests.

(8) Cooperation in local international exchange activities.

(9) Other duties as deemed necessary by the supervisor or the school principal.


Remuneration per annum is approximately ¥3,360,000 in the first year, ¥3,600,000 in the second year, and ¥3,900,000 in the third year. The sums above are reflective of one year of participation in the Programme based on the designated remuneration.

Government of Japan JET Programme 2021-2022 Applications for Young South Africans Eligibility Criteria

1) As part of the general criteria, applicants must:

(1) Be interested in Japan and be willing to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of Japan after their arrival; be motivated to participate in and initiate international exchange activities in the local community; make an effort to study or continue studying the Japanese language prior to and after arriving in Japan.

(2) Be both mentally and physically healthy.

(3) Be willing and able to adapt to living and working in Japan, and be determined to responsibly complete their period of participation.

(4) Hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or obtain such qualifications by the designated arrival date (applicants for the ALT position may alternatively hold a certification of completion of a 3- year course to teach at primary/elementary or secondary schools or obtain such qualification(s) by the designated arrival date).

(5) Be a national (not just a permanent resident) of the country where the recruitment and5 selection procedures take place by the time they submit their application form. Furthermore, those who possess Japanese nationality must have submitted their applications to renounce their Japanese nationality before submitting their Reply Form. Applicants who possess multiple nationalities with countries other than Japan may only apply as a national of one of those countries.

(6) Be adept in contemporary standard pronunciation, rhythm and intonation in the designated language (see Note 4) and possess excellent language ability that can be applied accurately and appropriately; have the ability to form sentences in a comprehensive and logical manner.

(7) Not have participated on the Programme since the 2019 JET Programme year (inclusive of April 2019 arrivals) or have participated on the Programme for more than 6 years in total.

(8) Not have declined a position on the Programme after receiving notification of assignment in the previous JET Programme year (excluding cases where it is accepted that the Participant had a valid, inevitable reason for withdrawing).

(9) Not have lived in Japan for 6 or more years in total since 2012.

(10) Have a desire to proactively maintain relations with Japan, even after completion of the Programme.

(11) Concerning entry into Japan for participation on the Programme, agree to reside in Japan under the status of residence stipulated in Article 2-2 of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

(12) Be willing to obey all Japanese laws.

(13) Applicants with a suspended jail term must have finished their period of probation by the time they submit their application form.

2) In addition to the above general criteria, applicants from non-English speaking countries must:

(14) Have a functional command of the English or Japanese language.

3) In addition to the above general criteria; ALT applicants must:

(15) Be interested in the Japanese education system, particularly foreign language education in Japan.

(16) Be interested in working with children.

(17) Be qualified as a language teacher or be strongly motivated to take part in the teaching of foreign languages.

* The following are not part of the Eligibility Criteria, however, additional consideration will be given to applicants who:

(i) Have language teaching experience or qualifications.

(ii) Have general teaching experience or qualifications.

(iii) Have a high level of Japanese language ability.

For more Information: Visit the website for Government of Japan to South Africa JET Programme

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