This year’s London Pre-Departure Orientation for the 2012 UK JET Programme participants was held on the 12 and 13 July at Brunel University, Uxbridge. The aim of the Pre-Departure Orientation was to give the new JETs some valuable advice to assist them with their preparations for life in Japan on the JET Programme.
For those who may not know much about JET, it is an official Japanese Government scheme, which sends graduates to Japan for a minimum of 12 months. The JET Programme has continued its ongoing efforts to promote international understanding and improve foreign language teaching in schools for over 25 years since its establishment in 1987. JETs from all over the UK were selected to take part in the 2012 UK JET Programme as either Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). By the way, I do apologise in advance for the numerous acronyms you will encounter throughout this article, it can get a bit confusing so please bear with me.