On Friday, August 3, several of our Florida alumni joined the outgoing group of JETs for Pre-Departure Orientation. Wendy Lo, Allan Mordetsky, and Bryan Barber gave presentations to the group, preparing the 52 new JETs leaving from Miami to Japan the following day. Also in attendance at the Consulate’s reception was Lauren Sorondo (JETAA-FL President & JET Coordinator) and Kyle Litow (JETAA-FL Secretary), as well as many other alumni.
From September 2017, when the JET application process began, to the Pre-departure Orientation, JET Coordinator Lauren Sorondo played a major part in guiding these individuals to their new roles of cultural exchange. With the support of the Consulate General of Japan in Miami, they were well prepared to represent Florida on the JET Program.
PRESENTED BY THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF JAPAN IN MIAMI
“WAY OF THE NINJA”
“WAY OF THE NINJA” delivers an authentic NINJA performance with the use of actual weapons such as a shuriken, kusarigama, and Japanese swords. TOMONOSUKE, a descendant of the ancient IGA NINJA clan, has performed all over the world with the purpose of introducing the skills of the IGA style of NINJA arts. Audiences will also learn more about the background of NINJA in JAPAN in this exciting display. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience to meet a NINJA and see them in action!
ADMISSION IS FREE
Co-sponsored by FIU Asian Studies Program
TIME: 10:45 am
LOCATION: The Herbert & Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
Some representatives of Florida Jetaa in West Palm Beach were invited to have tea with the First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe! Thank you very much for dedicating time to sit with us during Prime Minister Abe’s visit with President Trump.
Thank you, also, to Mrs. Sugiyama (Wife of Ambassador of Japan to the U.S.), Consul General Ken Okaniwa (Consulate General of Japan in Miami), and Ms. Tanaka (Executive Assistant to Mrs. Abe). We thoroughly enjoyed discussing the impact that JET has had on our careers and our views of Japan, and how the JET Alumni network can further contribute to mutual, cultural understanding and foreign relations.
【Photos Copyright: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan】
Good for 2 years, this scholarship supports non-degree research at a Japanese university, or through the completion of a Master’s or PhD program in Japan!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2018. Visit here for more information and to apply.
The Consulate General of Japan in Miami needs JET Alumni volunteers to help as greeters for the 2018 Interview season. Greeters meet and speak with interviewing candidates in the Culture Lobby, answering questions and giving advice about life in Japan.
Interviews will be held between January 29-February 6 (weekdays only) at the Consulate General of Japan in Brickell (Downtown Miami). Lunch and parking will be provided.
JETAA Greeters should be able to commit to at least 1 full day (9am-5pm). If you can volunteer for 1 or more days, please email the JET Coordinator: JET@mi.mofa.go.jp.
The time has come! The 2018 JET Program Application is open! Create an account on the application website to begin the process. If you are a JET alum and know someone who you think would make an awesome JET, please share this with them!
The Consulate General of Japan will be holding JET Information Sessions in Florida throughout October. CLICK HERE for the schedule.
Below is a message from the JET Coordinator at the Miami Consulate:
We hope that you and your loved ones stayed safe during Hurricane Irma. As you know, many institutions had to close for safety purposes, ourselves included. Due to this disruption, we have had to cancel the 2018 JET Info Sessions from 9/11-9/15. We will be revising our schedule this week, and releasing the new dates as soon as possible. In the meantime, we encourage you to read through the new 2018 JET Program Guidelines at www.jetprogramusa.org.
The 2018 JET Program Application Guidelines are now available!
Applications for the 2018 JET Program will be opening this Fall 2017. The JET Program Coordinator and Florida JET Alumni will be holding information sessions and answering questions about the 2018 JET Program throughout September and October. Below is the current schedule* for information sessions. Anyone is welcome to attend the information sessions, but please note that certain events (e.g. Career Fairs) require individuals to register with the hosting institutions.
On Friday evening, we sent off 52 new JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year’s new group is one of our largest to teach in Japan.
In attendance to say farewell were several of our Florida JETAA board members including Lauren (President/Information Officer), Allan (Vice President), Kyle (Secretary), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and other JET alumni.
Good luck and travel safe! We wish you the experience of a lifetime!