The Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET) is an independent, self-supporting volunteer organisation. Comprised of current JET participants, AJET is the sole representative body for JET participants and works collaboratively with the JET Programme administrators in various ways to provide support and information to JET participants.
National AJET’s primary role is to represent the opinions and concerns of the JET community as a whole. This is done through biannual meetings with the sponsors of the JET Programme, specifically the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
In addition, National AJET offers a number of services to help support JET participants in their lives in Japan. The AJET Peer Support Group (PSG) is a confidential listening and resource line for JET participants. Staffed by trained volunteers, the line is open from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. every night, a period when other similar services are unavailable. Other helpful services from National AJET include special offers and discounts from corporate affiliates, team teaching resources, special interest groups, the Tatami Timeshare Program (similar to couchsurfing but made by current JETs for current JET participants), the AJET Connect Magazine and more.
AJET is organised into two distinct levels, each with their own specific roles and duties: National AJET and local AJET chapters. National AJET serves as the communication nexus for all the various AJET groups. National AJET is comprised of officers who are elected by the entire JET community and serve for one year. These officers consist of three executives who administer AJET, 11 block representatives who are responsible for their home prefecture and several neighbouring prefectures as well as serve as liaisons between National AJET and local AJET chapters in their area, a CIR representative, and other posts. In addition, there are several appointed officers who supervise various National AJET initiatives. Local AJET chapters operate under the umbrella of National AJET and provide support, organise events, and keep JET participants informed of issues affecting them on a local level.
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