HPU Events

JET Teaching Program briefing

October 09, 2013 02:00 PM - October 09, 2013 03:30 PM

Location: CHSS Conference Room, 2nd floor, FS building (1166 Fort Street Mall)

Event Type: Information session

Representatives from the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu will introduce the 2014-2015 Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) program to the Hawaii Pacific University community. Alumni of the JET program also will be available to answer questions and a PowerPoint presentation and video interviews of JET participants will be shown. JET representatives will provide those interested in applying with information and guidelines about completing the application form and submitting required documents.

U.S. citizens who have or will have a bachelor’s degree by May 2014 are invited to attend this briefing. Non-U.S. nationals should contact the Japan Embassy in their home country for application information.

Applicants must be less than 40-years-old as of next April; not have lived in Japan for three or more years in the past eight years; not have been a former JET participant in the last 10 years; have excellent English skills, both spoken and written; and have a genuine interest in Japan. Japanese language ability is not required but recommended, and the program is open to students and alumni in all academic majors.

Approximately 30 JET teachers are selected from Hawai‘i annually and several dozen HPU graduates have received JET assignments to teach in the Japan public school system over the years. For the 2012-13 period twenty-nine Hawaii students were selected for JET appointments and they were chosen from a pool of sixty applicants.

JET positions are awarded for a one year period (from August 2014 to July 2015) and renewals are possible up to a total of five years. JET participants receive an annual salary of approximately $29,000 (depending on the yen-$ exchange rate), round-trip airfare, health insurance, paid vacations and other benefits.

Completed applications are due in November (actual date to be announced on the application itself), the deadline for them to be received by mail at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Applicants who meet initial eligibility requirements are then invited to an interview in Honolulu in February 2014. The final selection of JET recipients will be announced in April of next year.

For additional information contact Dr. William Zanella, HPU associate professor of Asian History and JET campus representative at wzanella@hpu.edu. More information, including the application form (available online later in October), is available at http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/ You can sign up to receive JET notifications at: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/updates.html

Dr. Zanella has served on the Hawaii JET selection committee since the 1990s. On Oct. 3, at the invitation of the consulate-general, he represented the selection committee at a reception held at the Nuuanu consulate to welcome back to Hawai’i JET participants who recently completed their assignments in Japan. He is available to mentor potential applicants and assist them in the application process.