Nathan F. Hall '00, of Montpelier, Vermont, and Elizabeth Thomas '00, of Rochester, New York, will spend next year teaching in Japan, having been selected to be part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

Initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Home Affairs in cooperation with local governments in Japan, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program is designed to invite foreign youth to Japan and provide them with opportunities to teach language and sports at junior and senior high schools all over the Japan, or to engage in international exchange activities at local governments. The program began in 1987 with approximately 850 young people from the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand; since then, the numbers of countries and participants have increased. In 1999, approximately 5,800 people participated in the program from 37 countries.

Hall is a music and English writing major at St. Lawrence. He is a member of the English department honor society and studied in London through the University's International Education Program. Hall is also a resident assistant for the Coffee House.

Thomas is a psychology major, and studied in Australia during her junior year. This year, she was a tutor in a local school system, part of the national America Reads project, which brings together college students with school children who need academic assistance.

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