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Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) Picks Rhodes Alumnus

Publication Date: 6/21/2010

Rhodes alumnus William Boehm of Fairfax, VA, has been accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme to teach English  for the upcoming school year.

Now in its 23rd year, this competitive program is aimed at promoting grassroots international exchange between Japan and other nations.  Participants are placed with local government organizations throughout Japan including large cities, small to medium-sized towns, as well as rural farming and fishing villages.

Participants are assigned to be either Assistant Language Teachers who provide language instruction in elementary, junior and senior high schools; Coordinators for International Relations, who work in communities on international exchange activities; or as Sports Exchange Advisors, who promote international exchange through sports.

William Boehm, who graduated from Rhodes in 2009 with a B.A. in History and International Studies, will be an Assistant Language Teacher in Tochigi City in the Tochigi Prefecture.

“The JET Programme is an opportunity for me to go abroad, which is something I was unable to do during the school year due to my athletic commitments in both the fall and spring,” says Boehm.  “My advisor, Professor Michael Drompp, always encouraged me to apply to the program because he believed that it would be a wonderful opportunity to utilize both aspects of my degree. After my time in Japan,  I hope to the use the experience and language skills gained and apply to the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Officers Division.”

Tags: Alumni, Honors

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