On Friday 19th July, the 33rd Annual JET pre-departure orientation and reception was held.
This year’s latest successful applicants to the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, were able to receive some final pointers, ahead of their departure to Japan in August. In addition of what to expect on arrival and expert advice on English teaching support, the JETs where also taught an introductory Japanese language lesson.
In the evening, a reception was held at the Consul General's residence. The reception was attended by Consul General Nozomu Takaoka, Alexander Stuart MSP, Deputy Narutoshi Kimata from CLAIR London (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations), David Russell of the Japan Society of Scotland and James Gamgee of the JET Alumni Association of Scotland. Following a short address by the Consul General, the guests shared some words of encouragement to the new JETs.
Also in attendance were many former program members and representatives from Japanese companies, who also kindly shared advice about life in Japan and activities through the JET Programme.
The JET programme: A programme launched in 1987 that aims to invite young people from abroad to Japan to participate in foreign language education and international exchange at a local level. Since its launch, the project has enlisted 5,528 participants from 54 countries. JET stands for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. For more information on the JET Programme please click here.