Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA)

Applications for our 2024 Sports Exchange Advisor (SEA) positions closed on Friday, April 5th, 2024.

Our 2025 SEA Application will open next February. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X to stay up to date on our application timelines for all JET Program positions. 

What are SEAs?

SEAs are sports professionals whose role is to assist with sports training and the planning of sports related projects. SEAs work for local governments, coaching and promoting internationalization in Japan.

As an SEA you may tasked with:

  • Assisting sports instruction affairs at your Contracting Organization (e.g. cooperating or advising on planning, designing, and implementing sports projects).
  • Assisting sports training of promising local athletes
  • Assisting sports training of employees of your Contracting Organization and local residents
  • Advising and collaborating on sports activities of local private groups or organizations engaging in international exchange
  • Any other duties deemed necessary by your supervisor

Call for 2024 SEAs! [Closed]

Calling all baseball and basketball coaches! The JET Program is currently seeking two qualified coaches to serve as Sport Exchange Advisors (SEA) in Japan! SEAs live and work in Japan, engaging with Japanese youths to promote cultural exchange through their sport. Japanese language skill is NOT required. All you need is your coaching credentials and your love for the sport!

What are we looking for?

  • Baseball Sports Exchange Advisor – Sado-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
  • Basketball Sports Exchange Advisor – Sado-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Duties and Expectations: Help promote international exchange through sports, and help guide after school club activities

Target Students: Nursery, Kindergarten, Elementary, and Junior High School

Requirements: Must have a driver’s license

Housing: Single-occupancy housing available for each advisor


Applicants are required to submit all applicable REQUIRED MATERIALS to the JET Program Office in Washington, D.C. via e-mail, regardless of their intended interview location.

For a more detailed explanation, please make sure to read the 2024 SEA Guidelines.

The deadline to e-mail your application materials is 11:59 PM (HST) April 5th, 2024.


  2024 JET Program Application (SEA) and SRMC

and prepare your Criminal History Record Information (must arrive by Friday, June 5, 2024).

Statement of Purpose
In a Word document, you must submit an application statement of purpose / essay regarding your motivation for applying to the JET Program. Applicants should take this opportunity to address all of the following:

  • Why you wish to go to Japan as a participant of the JET Program and why you are interested in the position
  • What effect you hope to have on the Japanese community and internationally as a result of your participation in the JET Program.
  • How your experiences, professional skills, and relevant interests will be useful to you as an SEA, and will further the objectives of the JET Program.
  • What you hope to gain, both personally and professionally, from your JET experience if you are selected and how participation will assist you in your future career.

Applicants should take this opportunity not only to explain their motivation for applying, but also to showcase their knowledge of standard conventions for proper American English grammar and spelling.

  • Two pages double-spaced on letter-size paper (8.5×11) with one-inch margins and size 12 font.  The two-page limit is strictly observed.
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • Letters must be in either English or Japanese
  • Reference letters should be academic or professional
  • One of the letters should be from an individual at a relevant organization who can comment on your coaching experience
  • Letters must be sent directly by letter writers to 
Certification of Graduation (optional)
Certification of Graduation from a university, vocational college, etc.
Coaching Certification (if any)
Any recognized certifications or qualifications of coaching in one’s sport of expertise. If no certification is held, applicant must excel at and have at least 3 years of coaching experience in their sport of expertise.
 Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Such as a U.S. passport, birth certificate, or completed naturalization papers.

  • Accepted types of proof are limited to: scans of a passport, passport card, birth certificate, or naturalization papers.
  • Proof must be issued by a government organization such as a city, county, or state government
2024 Statement of Physician
Applicants are required to obtain a Statement of Physician form under the following circumstances:

  • If you are consulting a physician or other professional on more than one occasion regarding a physical/mental health issue.
  • If you are taking medication to alleviate a condition, illness or injury such that the prescription is re-filled on one or more occasions.
  • If you are undergoing hospitalization (including surgery) to alleviate a condition, illness or injury (not including dental surgery).
  • If you answer yes to questions 1, 2a, 2b, or 3 as found on the Self-Report of Medical Conditions (SRMC) form

Please send all required documents (except for the Criminal Record) as attachments* in an e-mail to no later than 11:59 (HST) April 5th, 2024

*If the total size of your attached documents exceeds 10MB, please send your documents across multiple emails so that no attachments exceed 10MB.

For Successful SEA Applicants:

Successful applicants must submit a Criminal History Summary Check and a Certificate of Health to the Washington, D.C. JET Program USA Office by June 5th, 2024, 11:59 (HST)



          February 22nd                                  Application Opens

April 5th                                              Application Deadline

Mid-April                                              Announcement of results of first stage of screening process (review of written applications)

                                                                  Second stage of screening process (interviews)

Mid-May                                                Notification of successful participant status and assignment of Contracting Organization for arrivals

June – July                                           Pre-Departure Orientation, preparation, etc.

Late July / Early August               Arrival in Japan