Please join us after the Pre-Departure Orientation to say goodbye to some of the new JETs who will be leaving for Japan the next day.

The location of the event was selected due to the proximity to the hotel where most of the new JETs are staying.

Tom’s NFL has street and lot parking. The area looks a little dingy outside, but once you get in it’s your typical sports bar.

Friends of JET are welcome at this event.

When: Friday, July 31 at 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Where: Tom’s NFL, 5001 NW 36 St, Miami Springs, Florida 33166

No RSVP necessary.

There are lots of exciting things happening lately! We just finished a very successful 10th anniversary Tampa Natsumatsuri and held a Q&A with the new JETs getting ready to head to Japan. We also had a great time at our first ever Archery event here in Miami. Our conversation meetups are going strong, with the Tampa Tsudoi held the first Friday of the month and the Miami’s Coffee Kaiwa held on the last Saturday of the month.

What is really exciting, however, is a great opportunity for JET Program alumni to return to the area they lived in Japan and the school where they taught. The Satogaeri Project. As part of the project, JET alumni will return to their former places of work, and re-visit places with which they have a strong affiliation, local residents who they developed close relationships with, current JET participants and others, on the basis of their ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. If accepted, the JET alum will travel to Japan from Monday, 9 November, 2015 – Friday, 13 November, 2015 (4 nights, 5 days). After participating in exchange activities in Tokyo, the participants will each return to the area in Japan where they lived and worked as a JET participant, and engage in activities according to their own ‘Satogaeri Project Plan’. CLAIR will cover the cost of travelling to Japan; domestic travel, accommodation and meal expenses in Japan (excluding meal expenses when the participant is not engaged in Satogaeri Project duties); and overseas travel accident insurance (travel insurance). For more details about this wonderful opportunity and how to apply, please visit:

The application deadline for the Satogaeri Project is coming up soon, July 13th, 2015. If you’d like to apply and would like a letter of recommendation from the Florida JETAA chapter, please contact as soon as possible with a list of the ways you’ve been involved in JETAA (the requirement of active JETAA participation is waived if there is no JETAA chapter in your area, so if you’re in a region of Florida where we do not have much representation we would be happy to provide a letter to that extent).

  1. Applicants must have completed their appointment on the JET Program as an ALT, CIR, SEA and be actively contributing to their local JET Alumni Association (if a chapter is in your area)
  2. You would be a suitable representative of JET Program alumni.  You have been recommended by your JETAA chapter (see recommendation letter information below).
  3. You have a strong desire to reconnect with your former contracting organization and the region you previously lived and worked in, and you are able to make direct contact and cooperate with the school/workplace that you worked at.
  4. Your former workplace is able to receive you (and carry out activities with you during your visit).
  5. You will actively post about your experiences in and impressions of Japan from the perspective of an international visitor on your blog, homepage, Facebook page or other means.
  6. You accept that there may be mass media coverage of your visit, and will cooperate where required.
  7. You will write a report of your experiences on the Satogaeri Project after returning to your home country.
  8. You are able to participate in the entire schedule of the Satogaeri Project.
  9. Your Satogaeri Project Plan is deemed appropriate.
  10. You are a participant who completed your term on the program 3 or more years ago (preferred).
Letters of Recommendation
  1. Letters of recommendation are not mandatory but are highly encouraged from your JETAA chapter or another Japan-related group, to show the applicant’s engagement with alumni and likelihood to carry out the provisions of the project.
  2. Letter of recommendation should be sent to Arisa Maruno by July 13th

I hope that many members of our chapter will take advantage of this opportunity and apply!



This is your South Florida Regional Representative, Wendy L.

We will be holding our 3rd annual JETAA Tanabata get together on Saturday, July 11th at 5pm.

Our president, Bahia and her husband Chris, have kindly offered their home again for our JETAA Tanabata party.

Bahia’s place is in Miami, 33134 (RSVP for address and parking information).

In the tradition of a Japanese summer festival we are suggesting that people attending to wear a yukata or jinbei. I have a few ladies yukatas with obi that I can lend out for the party and three men’s jinbei and one men’s yukata (but no obi).
I will also have some tanzaku slips in which you can write your wishes for Tanabata. Luckily, Bahia and Chris have Bamboo growing in their front yard so we can tie them onto the branches.

We know it will be past the actual Tanabata date, but it’s the spirit of it all that counts and this was the only available date.

This is a potluck so please feel free to bring a food item or drink.

Please RSVP to by July 9th. If you are bringing a guest please include that in your RSVP.

This is open to JETAA and JETAA friends.

If you plan to bring a food item, please let me know and I will place that on the list.

Parking is extremely limited, so please RSVP, Bahia will email parking instructions and her address to those who RSVP as the date approaches.

This is a great way to meet new and old JET alumni and to reconnect to our time in Japan. I hope to see you there!


Wendy Lo

JETAA-FL, South Florida Rep.

(Toyama-ken, 2002-2005)