The Japanese Embassy wants to help with unemployment in South Africa and invites graduates to offer English in their country by 2020.
Those who want to apply for the Japanese exchange and education program (JET program) must be a South African citizen with a degree in any direction, says Embassy Kota Toba in a statement.
Those selected will then work as assistant language teachers at local authorities, as well as private and public pre-primary, elementary and high schools across Japan.
Application forms are already available and interested South Africans have until November 8 to apply.
Following a selection process that includes tests and interviews in Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, candidates will be shortlisted by April and May 2020. They are expected to leave for Japan in September 2020.
Teachers are appointed by a contracted organization in Japan. Their work contract is valid for one year, but can be extended up to five years with an annual performance evaluation.
According to the statement, the JET program aims to promote languages and international exchange.
The program began in 1987. In 2018, 5 528 people from 54 countries joined the program.
Since joining South Africa in 1997, 655 South Africans have been part of the program and this year 53 South Africans have moved to Japan from July to September.
One of them, Louise Theron of Port Elizabeth, said in the statement: “Together we have the privilege of being elected to represent South Africa in Japan and to further international exposure between countries.”
Toba says they expect members who are part of the program to build bridges between the two countries and that they will share their experiences in Japan after the program in South Africa. Some of the people who were previously part of the program are now employed by the embassy. “They are literally the bridges between the two countries. Japan is very keen to promote the exchange. We want to continue to offer such opportunities to the people of South Africa. ”