※Due to the impact of COVID-19, the arrival schedule and post-arrival orientation schedule have become irregular.
Post-Arrival Orientation is the first conference JET Programme participants will attend after arriving in Japan. This three-day conference begins the day after new JET Programme participants arrive in Japan and is the convergence point for new JET Programme participants, before they depart for their new homes across Japan.
The purpose of Post-Arrival Orientation is to provide a basic introduction to the fundamentals of life on the JET Programme. The orientation is comprised of the following:
- An introduction to life on the JET Programme, presented by Japanese government officials.
- An introduction to perspectives and working requirements of JET Programme participants.
- Workshops introducing job skills necessary for JET Programme participants to fulfil their roles, conducted by reappointed ALTs, CIRs and SEAs, as well as CLAIR and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
During this orientation, new JET Programme participants have the opportunity to meet with current JET Programme participants, and to hear first-hand about working in Japanese schools or local government offices. Furthermore, new JET Programme participants will be able to hear from other speakers and Japanese supervisors about expectations and duties from their respective organisations.
JET Programme participants arriving from Brazil, China, Korea and Peru arrive and begin their one-year appointment in April. A small number of JET Programme participants from other countries also arrive at this time. After attending orientation, participants then travel to their placement prefectures.
The majority of JET Programme participants, except for participants from Brazil, China, Korea, and Peru, attend this orientation before being dispatched to their placement prefectures.