William Zanella, associate dean of International Programs,
is the contact for this program at HPU. At an informative JET
meeting, he encouraged students to apply, and stressed that
this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that shouldn’t be
Graduates can apply for two positions: Coordinator for International
Relations (CIR), or Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). The second
position is the most popular, and does not require any Japanese
speaking skills. In this position participants serve as a classroom
resource for English teachers in Japan.
Graduates interested in applying for the CIR position must
be completely fluent in Japanese and would work at various American
embassies in Japan. There they host Japanese dignitaries, aid
in the planning of community events, and serve as translators
at special events.
“The main purpose of this program,” said Zanella, “is to get
Japanese students interested in English.” He also emphasized
that while this program is a great way to learn the language
and experience Japan, participants are there to work and are
expected to do so.
JET alumni Alana Anderson, now program director for The Japan-America
Society of Hawai‘i, has fond memories of her JET experience.
“I liked being immersed in the culture,” said Anderson. “I
was placed in a small town and was the only foreigner there,
so I got to see the real Japan.”
Interested students should check out JET’s Web site at, www.us.emb-japan.go.jp,
or see Dr. Zanella for more information. The application and
all required documents are due Dec. 5, at the Washington D.C.
Japanese Embassy. Late or incomplete application packets will