CLAIR News April 2017

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CLAIR News April 2017
Mental Health Support Resources

With the aim of enhancing mental health support for JET participants, CLAIR offers the JET Programme Mental Health Counselling Assistance Programme. This programme provides a partial subsidy (50%, up to 20,000 yen per year) for counselling costs incurred through consultation with mental health professionals in Japan not covered by health insurance. The coverage period for this year is from 1 April, 2017 to 31 March, 2018.

CLAIR also offers a free online service to provide JET participants with mental health assistance from professional counsellors using Web Mail and Skype. Please ask your contracting organisation for further information.

The JET Programme Video Contest

The JET Programme Video Contest was first held from October 2015 to August 2016 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the JET Programme by showcasing the hidden charms of Japan’s local communities as seen through the eyes of current and former JET participants. Through the contest, CLAIR hoped to expand the use of the JET Programme as a tool to energise the local communities of Japan.

Due to popular demand, CLAIR is once again holding a JET Programme Video Contest, inviting current participants and alumni to submit videos to the contest and continue to share the charms of their ‘home away from home’ with the world. Winners of the contest will receive commemorative prizes.

Details regarding the contest will be released in May, but don’t miss the chance to take advantage of the blooming sakura (cherry blossoms) and start filming your entry today!

2017-2018 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant

The JLPT N3 Grant will be offered again this year. More information regarding the 2017-2018 Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) Grant will be uploaded to the JET Programme website in April.

If you plan on taking the JLPT N3 on the first test date this year (2 July), the deadline to apply for the test is 28 April.

2017-2018 Japanese Language Courses

2017-2018 Japanese Language Courses (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced) will start soon. To register for a course, please refer to the Course Guide.

2017-2018 Translation & Interpretation Course (Chinese and Korean)

CLAIR is now accepting applications for the Translation & Interpretation Course (for Chinese and Korean). Applications must be completed through your contracting organisation. The deadline to apply is 26 April.

2017-2018 Grant for TEFL Certification

CLAIR provides grants to JET participants who wish to improve their English teaching skills by obtaining online certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. CLAIR will send the application package to all contracting organisations in mid-April. Please ask your supervisor for the application package, or alternatively you can download it from the JET Programme website when it becomes available.

JET Programme Introduction Tools

CLAIR has created the JET Programme Introduction Tools in order to increase awareness of the JET Programme among students, staff, and community members all over Japan. These tools are designed to be used when giving one’s self-introduction. Feel free to edit and modify them according to your needs.

Applications for the 2017 JET Internship Programme

Applications for the 2017 JET Internship Programme to be held in August/September will begin soon. Information about the programme will be sent directly to eligible JET participants (participants who will be in their 3rd to 5th year participants of the JET Programme as of 1 August, 2017) from CLAIR, and will also be made available on the JET Programme website.

Notice Regarding the JET Programme 30th Anniversary Projects

The JET Programme is now celebrating its 30th anniversary. Last year’s JET Programme 30th Anniversary projects, including footage of the Anniversary Ceremony as well as submissions from the JET Programme Video Contest and JET Arigato Campaign, are available on the JET Programme website.

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