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.

Upcoming Webinars from USJETAA

Date: August 23rd, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM EDT / 10 AM MDT / 9 AM PDT
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1999656223696779/

This webinar is for newly returned JETs who want to learn how their JET experience can help them find not just a job, but a fulfilling career. Professional career counselor Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996) will explore tips for identifying your needs and values, and learning how to weave those together with your international experiences to find a career path, as well as how to highlight your time in Japan to potential employers. Join us for a great session! To join on the day of the event please visit https://zoom.us/j/359940764.

 

Date: October 19th, 2018
Time: 8 PM EDT / 4 PM MDT / 5 PM PDT
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/204296810434247/

It can be difficult to make the transition to your life after JET. This webinar is here to help. Featuring JET alumni with expertise in careers and recruiting, this webinar will help you figure out how JET fits into your career path, help you describe your JET experience in a way that employers will understand, teach how to utilize LinkedIn, and much more! Featured speakers are Emily Frank (Hokkaido, 1993-1996), Kamara Toffolo (Gunma, 2007-2008), and Rob Uy (Fukuoka, 1989-1991). To join on the day of the event visit https://zoom.us/j/621315342.

Job Openings at USJETAA

Fall Semester Internship
We are currently seeking one (1) Fall 2018 intern to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting the U.S.-Japan relationship, cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be working from a small office in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment. For more information and to apply click here.

Part-Time Project Coordinator 
USJETAA seeks an entry-level Program Coordinator to support the administration of regular programs and grants. For more information and to apply click here.

For job opportunities with other organizations visit the USJETAA Job Board!

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/

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!

Nourishing Japan – A Documentary in the Making

​JETAANY Member Alexis Agliano Sanborn is making a documentary about food education in Japan. It’s about the people who make food education and school lunches possible – from cooks and lawmakers to city staff and researchers. It’s a story about people who believe in food – and that teaching about food helps the next generation to grow and thrive. Make this project a reality by supporting her Kickstarter (launching in early January) and like Nourishing Japan on Facebook!

Information about the development of the documentary and the Kickstarter campaign can also be found here:

Website: https://nourishingjapan.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nourishingjapan/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NourishingJapan
Newsletter sign up link: https://nourishingjapan.com/contact

Much appreciation for your interest and support!

JET30 + NatCon 2017, Washington D.C.

This early August, alumni from JETAA Chapters from across the nation converged in Washington D.C. at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel for two special events, NatCon and the JET30 Reunion. Starting on Wednesday, August 2, JETAA delegates attended NatCon sessions which focused on chapter leadership, management and alumni engagement. Then on Friday, August 4, additional alumni arrived, totaling over 200 in attendance, to Natsukashii Hall and adjacent ballroom and patio for events for the following two days. Speakers and panel discussions covered a variety of topics related to JET alumni and our love of Japan, including pop culture, film, education, the Japan and U.S. relationship, the importance of the JET Program and how it has grown and influenced so many over the last 30 years.

Highlights of the weekend included a dinner celebration Friday evening at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence and a Natsumatsuri on Saturday evening where many attended in yukata, jinbei and happi coats.

Thank you to Joy and Paul Champaloux, Bahia Simons-Lane and Lauren Sorondo for sharing these photos with us.