Looking for JET Recruiters AND School Presenters!

Do you like to talk? Do you like to talk about your time in Japan? Do you like having a captive audience?

If so, there are two great opportunities for you!

1. JET Recruiting:

It’s fall, and that means it’s JET Recruiting time. This is our key season to drum up interest in the JET application for next year. We will be hosting JET information sessions at universities across the state and may need help from JET alumni in informing potential applicants about JET, answering questions, handing out brochures, and just sharing their own experiences. Alumni who help with recruiting will be provided with a PowerPoint presentation, brochures, various other recruiting materials, help with setting up a time and location, and a $50 honorarium. There are limited numbers of honorariums, so that limits the number of information sessions we can do with alumni. Contact culture@cgjmia.org if interested (note: that email address will be changing in the near future, so if it does not work, call the consulate at (305) 530-9090 and ask to speak with the JET Coordinator).

2. School Visits:

The consulate often does school visits around Miami Dade and Broward counties, but we occasionally get requests from schools too far away for us to be able to get to or that request us to come when we are not available. In these cases, we would like to be able to provide the names and contact information of nearby JET alumni who may be interested in talking about Japan. Again, please email culture@cgjmia.org if interested (or call the consulate in Miami if that email address is no longer working). If this is something you already do, please register with us so that we can keep track of it. We can also offer limited numbers of $50 honorariums, so why not be rewarded for your volunteer work?

New JET Q&A and JETAA meetups!

It’s time for the new JET Q&As and JETAA meetups afterwards!  Please come out to show your support and share your wisdom with your new kouhai!

  • Gainesville-
       Date: June 1
       Location: (currently no post-Q&A JETAA meetup planned)
    RSVP: gainesville@floridajetaa.org
  • Miami –
    Date: June 15
    Time: from 7:30 PM
         Location: Mi-kan Japanese Restaurant, 80 SW 8th St. 1st Floor, Miami, FL 33130 (same building as the consulate)
      RSVP: culture@cgjmia.org
  • Tampa –
    Date: June 16
         Time: from 6:30 PM
         Location: Chili’s on Dale Mabry Ave one block south of Columbus Dr. 2903 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607;
    followed by Tampa Karaoke, 1220 S Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33629
         RSVP: tampa@floridajetaa.org

New AJET app!

Missing your old JET Diary?


AJET recently released a new app available through itunes that covers all that information – and more! AND, it’s free!


AJET app

2012-13 US CRs Announced!

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.

LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story

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.

Congratulations to the new JETs!

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!

Life After the B.O.E. – Now Available!

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!

Job: ALT or CIR

Company: JET Program
Company URL: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JET/
Location: Japan
Contact Person: JET Program Coordinator (Miami) Email: culture@cgjmia.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)
Job Description:
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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