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think_balance
January 23rd, 2006, 01:49
Hello,

How long can one stay in the JET Programme? I am pretty sure it's three years, but I think I have read on a few sites that it has recently changed to five years.

Any clarification?

Thanks,

Daniel

Shotokai
January 23rd, 2006, 06:28
3 years for the programme proper.
and then 5 years only if your prefecture offers it. in ours there are only two positions.
but you must have an excellent skill in Japanese and you will work with elementary school kids in most cases.

basically, you will only be allowed 3 years unless you excell yourself.

Doomer
January 23rd, 2006, 11:51
My prefecture also has another specialist position called a Prefectural Advisor...like a super CIR i think...but the qualifications are the same as the elementary school specialist that Shotokai mentioned...3 is the normal limit...you have to be damn good and jump through a few hoops to land 5 years...

Doomer
January 23rd, 2006, 12:04
My prefecture also has another specialist position called a Prefectural Advisor...like a super CIR i think...but the qualifications are the same as the elementary school specialist that Shotokai mentioned...3 is the normal limit...you have to be damn good and jump through a few hoops to land 5 years...

Every prefecture should have at least 1 PA from my understanding.

Makes sense...

dobharrison
January 23rd, 2006, 13:54
I thought the PAs were just regular JETs who are given more responsibility. In my understanding, to stay for more than 3 years means being accepted onto the Elementary programme or working out something with your school.

Shotokai
January 23rd, 2006, 14:08
your right, the PA is just a CIR who is in the Kencho and who you go to for work related matters. it is for us anyway, they are a way of speaking to your boss in the Kencho. they have the 3 yeard limit. only the elementary school position is 4 and 5 years.

Doomer
January 23rd, 2006, 14:56
your right, the PA is just a CIR who is in the Kencho and who you go to for work related matters. it is for us anyway, they are a way of speaking to your boss in the Kencho. they have the 3 yeard limit. only the elementary school position is 4 and 5 years.

That isnt the case in my prefecture...my PA is headed for his fourth year...

Shotokai
January 23rd, 2006, 15:46
again then ESID is proven...as much as we hate it, it is the JET mantra! :twisted:

Hannah
January 23rd, 2006, 16:57
Our PA is a first year ALT bless her. She was thrown right in at the deep end. Rediculous considering we have a 4th and a 5th year JET in our prefecture let alone a bunch of 2nd and third years who would have been good for the position. I guess it has to be someone at the kencho. If it's a newb, then so be it! They don't really care. It is sensible if your ken decides to make a more experienced JET the PA.

And yes, you have to reapply for the 4th year position. You won't just continue as an ALT in your current situation. You have an interview in Japanese and you'll work with primary schools. Why they think you need more Japanese in a primary school than you do in an junior high I will never know. In my limited experience the primary school teachers can speak more English than all the Junior High English teachers put together!

dobharrison
January 23rd, 2006, 19:09
The PA here is an ALT too (3rd year, I think) who was selected for the position.