As of the start of April, three new US Country Representatives have been selected to serve and lead the JETAA USA community for the upcoming year:
The talents and skill sets these women bring to the organization will be extremely beneficial to the organization! Outgoing Country Reps are ensuring that the transition goes smoothly and are assisting in the appointment of the newly established JETAA USA Advisory Board. Outgoing Country Representatives are:
They intend to retire to a remote beach in the Pacific islands where drinks with umbrellas in them are plentiful.
Filmmaker Regge Life started a Kickstarter page to raise funds and promote his new project, a documentary on Taylor Anderson. They reached their initial fund raising goals in just 17 days, but are hoping for continued pledges so they can compose original music, make a Japanese version and kickstart distribution in both countries. He reached out to the JET alum community to both thank us for our support and let us know he’s continuing to move forward. Regge also mentioned his hope of expanding the focus to include Monty and a few other ALTs.
If you are looking for a different way to bring awareness to the JET community, the JET mission, and how JET relationships with their hometowns in Japan can have a deep and lasting impression, please consider pledging to this project. For details and to pledge, please visit the LIVE YOUR DREAM page on Kickstarter.
This film is a story about Taylor Anderson and all the young people who travel the world trying to make a difference. Taylor was an extraordinary American who dedicated herself to teaching Japanese children, living her dream right up to the events of March 11, 2011. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a disaster that no one could have expected. In my 21 years of working on Japan based projects, I had witnessed earthquakes, but never the devastation of a tsunami.
To read an interview about Regge Life’s experiences in Japan from the Kyoto Journal, click HERE.
Earlier this week, announcements went out to 2012 JETs from Miami!
Congratulations, and welcome aboard!
There will be further announcements later this summer about get-togethers and opportunities for JET alumni to meet and greet their new kouhai!
All JETs keenly remember the moment when they realized their JET experience was not going to be exactly what they had envisioned: the cold apartments, the rural countryside, the plethora of food definitely NOT provided at your favorite Japanese restaurant back home… But there were amazing moments, too, such as making a breakthrough with a student, finally feeling like a useful member of your teaching staff, and realizing that your Japanese town or city would always have a place in your heart.
Toronto-based artist David Namisato has been delighting the JETAA community for years with his monthly “Life After the B.O.E” web comics, which perfectly capture the wonderfully bizarre range of emotions and situations JETs experience. And now they’re available in book form (and with several more brand new comics!).
Available at Amazon.com and CreateSpace, consider picking one up for yourself or for a fellow JET in your life!
The link to the application is located here: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/index.html*
Application deadline is 5:30 PM December 2, 2011 (this is the date by when the full application packet must arrive in the Washington, DC JET Program office).
*Note: For compatibility issues, it is best to fill out the application with a browser other than Firefox.
Company: JET Program
Company URL: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/
Contact Person: JET Program Coordinator (Miami) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Title: Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) or Coordinator for International Relations (CIR)
Job url: http://www.miami.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/jetprogram.html
Salary: ¥3,360,000-¥3,960,000 (before tax)
Deadline: December 2 (note: approximate)
ALT: Assistant Language Teachers (ALT) account for the highest percentage of JETs. ALTs work in elementary, junior high, or high schools, and sometimes also visit special needs or technical schools. ALTs support Japanese teachers in the classroom, and their duties largely consist of creating games, tests, and worksheets, as well as finding creative ways to promote English proficiency and intercultural learning.
CIR: Coordinators for International Relations (CIR) are required to have an advanced level of Japanese proficiency, and often work in local government offices as liaisons between Japan and other countries. CIR responsibilities vary from position to position, but often include translation, working with international envoys and exchange groups, and occasionally teaching English.
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