18th Annual Orlando Japan Festival | Nov 4

 

This is one of the largest Japan festivals in Florida. This is the 18th annual.
Admission is FREE!
When:  Sun. 11/4, 11am-5pm
Where: Kissimmee Lakefront Park – 69 Lakeshore Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34741

On stage performances:

  • Koto
  • Iai
  • Judo
  • Taiko drumming

Also featuring special guest performer Mr. Yasunori Kimatawe, who is a live Shodo artist. Shodo (or Shuji) is a Japanese form of calligraphy. Mr. Kimata will paint live, using various brush strokes and movements.

Join the festival for the authentic Japanese food, performances, and experience Japan right in Orlando!

For more information, please visit the Japan Association of Orlando website.


Volunteers Needed!

Florida JETAA will have a presence at the Orlando Japan Festival by manning a booth. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share information and your own personal experience about the JET Program with youth and parents at the festival
  • Make new connections in the Japanese community of Central Florida
  • Reconnect with other JET alumni
  • Enjoy the festival!

Assistance that will be needed:

  • Tent setup at 10 am
  • Tent breakdown at 5 pm
  • Encourage visitors to participate in our games and photo booth for donations
  • Collect donations for Florida JETAA and other causes

These shifts are available. (Feel free to stick around as long as you’d like. )

  • 10 am – noon (set up and beginning of festival)
  • noon – 2 pm
  • 2 pm – 4 pm
  • 4 pm – 6 pm (end of festival and breakdown)

Please contact Hartley at newsletter@floridajetaa.org or Dolly at webmaster@floridajetaa.org, if you would like to volunteer. Thank you for your support!

NatCon 2018, Denver CO

We are SO PROUD and GRATEFUL of our Info Officer Hartley Haft and our Superstar alumnus Aiyana Mathews for representing Florida Jetaa at the 2018 JETAA National Conference this past weekend! We’re looking forward to hearing the great things they learned, and using their ideas to create an even better experience for our members in the coming year.

Thanks, also, to the JETAA Rocky Mountain for hosting the conference this year, and JETAA USA – JET Program Alumni Association, as well as all the other wonderful organizations that make these annual conferences possible for our alumni chapters to learn and grow.

Volunteers Needed for JET Info Sessions

The JET office needs volunteers to conduct info sessions on the JET Program in mid-September/early-October! Currently looking for presenters in the following areas: Pensacola, Tampa, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, St. Augustine.

The JET recruitment team will take care of coordinating with the schools, and provide all necessary materials (updated presentations, brochures, etc.) If interested, please email Lauren Sorondo, Miami JET Coordinator, at JET@mi.mofa.go.jp !

9.8 | Career Development Workshop | Register Today!

 

Register Here!

You are invited to the Career Development Workshop presented by FL JETAA! Space is limited, sign up today!

WHAT:  An opportunity to learn about the current Job Market with an emphasis on Florida trends, and sessions on maximizing networking and marketing your skills for any job.

WHEN:  Saturday, September 8, 2018
Workshop –  2:00-5:00 PM
Consulate Reception – 5:30-7:00 PM

WHERE: Rosen School of Hospitality, University of Central Florida
(9907 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL)

FOR WHO: JET Alumni registered with JETAA-FL. ALL career backgrounds welcome!

COST: FREE! Thanks to our co-sponsors, we are able to provide this event free of charge.

SPEAKERS

Bahia Simons-Lane,
Executive Director of US-JETAA
and Former JETAA-FL President

 

 

Emily Kikue Frank,
Career Counselor and
Coach at Denver Career Catalyst

 

 


Matias Ramirez,
Director for Content & Learning,
Wolters Kluwer

 


Victoria Mathews,
Business Development
& Global Travel Consultant,
Gardner-Mathews Travel Concierge

 

Leslie Wier,
Health Coach, Noom Inc.

 

 

 

Co-SPONSORED BY

 

2018 Pre-departure Orientation

JET Farewell Reception 8-3-2018, Official Residence, Miami

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.

 

Western Japan Flood Relief

As many of you know, there have been many victims of devastating floods in Western Japan over the last few weeks. Florida Jetaa has decided to support the donations campaign created and monitored by #USJETAA. If you are looking for a safe and reliable way to get funds to Japan, we encourage you to go through US JETAA!

Since the beginning of this fundraiser, USJETAA has received overwhelming support and has almost reached their goal of $5,000 to support Japan Platform (ジャパン・プラットフォーム) and their great efforts connecting funds to organizations on the ground in western Japan.

If you haven’t donated yet, please consider helping them reach their goal. #prayforjapan #westernjapan

https://usjetaa.networkforgood.com/projects/55620-western-japan-flood-relief

Thank you.

Webinar Series | USJETAA

This newly launched FREE webinar series is intended to provide guidance and instruction to JET alumni across the country on a variety of careers, professional development topics, and unique challenges and how to navigate them. This webinar is on how to become a Japanese teacher after JET. Current JETs and JET alumni are both welcome to join. For those who can’t attend, a recording will be available after the webinar at: https://usjetaa.org/programs/webinar-series/

2018 Tampa Natsumatsuri! Calling for volunteers!

 

June 23, 2018 | Tampa Natsumatsuri | Tampa, FL,
Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our 2018 flyer is up and ready. About a month and a half to the festival. Join us for this celebration of Japanese culture on a Florida summer evening. Bring the family and enjoy the many vendors, presenters and games. It’s a great time and you’ll be part of an awesome community of friends of Japan.

We’re still looking for volunteers. If you are available to chip in with set-up, break down or during the event, your help is much appreciated! Please contact Tom Gregorich (Orlando@floridajetaa.org).

 

Congrats to all the new 2018 JETs out there!

Your new life awaits! Results of the final screening stage for the 2018 JET Program are being announced all across the United States this week and next! A big お疲れ様でした (otsukaresama deshita, “thank you for your hard work”) to everyone. For those applicants still waiting to hear the results, we appreciate your patience! And for all those who were selected, congratulations! We look forward to working with you in Japan!

JET30th Reunion & Networker – Thanks for joining us!

JETAA Florida would like to thank everyone who joined us for the JET30th Reunion & Networker this Saturday. We send a special appreciation to our panelists Matthew Gillam and Laurel Lukaszewskiwho discussed the history of the JET Program, USJETAA, and the relationship between Japan and the U.S. Also we thank our career panelists Eboni Staton, Kyle Litow, Hilary Brown and Michael Maloney, as well as our special guests Takemasa Ishikura, the president of the Japan Association of Orlando, and his daughter, Mayuko Ishikura.