In Japan, I worked through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET). Their mission is to:
“…help enhance internationalization in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between Japan and other nations, improve foreign language education in Japan and to encourage international exchange at the local level by fostering ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth.”
The program is conducted by local authorities and other organizations of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR).
If you’d like to learn more, visit the JET website.
After being accepted into the program, I was hired by a contracting organization. I was chosen as a prefectural JET, and was therefore hired by the Shimane Prefecture instead of by a single school. As a prefectural JET in Shimane, I worked as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) for three different high schools in and around the town of Kawamoto. Three days a week I worked at Shimane Chuo High School, twice a week I travelled to Yakami High School, and once each month I visited Iwami Special Needs School.
A JET-created website on Kawamoto gives some basic information about the town I lived and worked in: ShimaneJET Kawamoto