I worked at JET Program full-time (More than a year)
You get to live and work in Japan. Students are great, teachers are also usually great, and you have a lot of opportunities to improve your Japanese language skills. My experience was 10x better than I imagined going in, so I can't recommend this program enough.
The program can be difficult for some, especially those who can't speak Japanese. There is also a lot of unstructured time involved, and occasionally teachers can be stubborn.
Advice to Management
More structure for ALTs to allow them to contribute more to their school communities might be useful.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at JET Program (Los Angeles, CA).
The interview was with two other interviewees and three representatives. You have to dress in formal business attire and bring a couple of documents with you. The representatives usually vary, but there is always one person from Japan's embassy. During the interview process, aside from asking you 2-3 questions, you will be explained about the work requirements and environment.
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