Florida JETAA

JET30 Reunion, Washington DC, August 4-6, Early Bird Registration

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Please join us for the JET30 Reunion to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program, in Washington, D.C., August 4 - 6, 2017!

Visit www.usjetaa.org/reunion for more information and to reserve your spot! Sign up NOW for EARLY BIRD PRICING THROUGH JUNE 30. Families & children are welcome to attend. There are many exciting events planned, including cultural activities, discussions with prominent JET alums, hosted receptions including a natsu-matsuri (don't forget your yukata!), professional networking, and relaxed gatherings to meet with old friends and new. Saturday meals are included with registration. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate, reconnect, & reminisce on the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program!

Please share this information with your JET friends!


Sayonara, Bahia!

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This summer we said goodbye to Bahia, who's served as our chapter president for many years. Goodbye, Bahia! We know this is a good move for you -- we'll miss you!

Bahia's Goodbye Letter:

Hello, Florida JET alumni and friends of JET!

I have had a wonderful experience as president of Florida JETAA for the past five and a half years, but now it’s time to move on. I’m relocating back to the Washington, DC region, near my hometown. Thank you all for your support, especially those of you who ran for office and volunteered at our events. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many prospective JETs and welcoming back JET returnees. Meeting members of the local Japanese community and fans of Japanese culture at our events has helped keep my love of Japan alive.

I’m excited that the community will continue to be in good hands after I’m gone. As per our by-laws, the officers are able to appoint someone to fill the remainder of a term if it’s vacated mid-term. Therefore, our current Vice President Jennifer Hwang (ジェニファー ホワン) will be taking over the position of President for the remainder of the term. Tom Gregorich , who has formerly held the positions of President and Treasurer, will be coming on to complete the term of Vice President. Between these dedicated individuals and the rest of our elected officers, Florida JETAA will continue to serve the community well.

We’ve accomplished a lot since I was first elected president! The dedicated work of our officers has resulted in expanding the reach of Florida JETAA. Each year we offer more events than every before in Tampa, Orlando, and Miami, including Japanese language events, movie screenings, and yukata bar crawls. I’m very proud that we are now able to better serve JET alumni across the state through increasing our Facebook presence. Our membership on Facebook has increased from 19 to 223 members over the past five and half years! We also now use MailChimp to manage our membership and connect with you all by email. We’ve overhauled our website, making floridajetaa.org a go to resource for JET alumni and friends. I know the team will continue to improve and grow our chapter.

Thank you and sayonara,
Bahia Simons-Lane

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To all JET Programme participants returning to Florida this year:
On behalf of the Florida Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (FLJETAA) we would like to welcome you back to the USA and hope you had a great experience while on JET!
We received news from CLAIR that you have returned and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join our community. Below are our links and we hope to hear from you soon. And our "Welcome Back Party" is in the works so if you have time we would love to have you! Take care and if you have any questions feel free to ask!
Florida JETAA Website
JET Alumni Association of Florida (JETAA FL) and Friends
JETAA 2013 Bonenkai
http://www.facebook.com/events/1433986693484452/?ref=4Consulate General of Japan in Miami



Florida JETAA

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2014 JET Program Information Sessions

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The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program across the State of Florida.

***The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.***

SCHEDULE UPDATED: Sept 20th, 2014

The Consulate General of Japan in Miami, and the members of the FLJETAA will be hosting info sessions about the Japan Exchange and Teaching(JET) Program across the State of Florida. The schedule is subject to change, so please double check with the University to verify dates and times.

9/11/2014 University of Tampa 5:00P.M.~5:55 P.M. (Riverside Building)

9/15/2014 Florida State University 6:00 P.M~7:30 P.M. (Diffenbaugh 009)

9/16/2014 University of Florida 1:00 P.M~2:30 P.M. (CSE E220)

9/16/2014 University of Central Florida 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (CSEL Bldg. #140, Room 115)

9/16/2014 Rollins College 5:30 P.M.~6:30 P.M. (Cornell Campus Center, Bieberbach-Reed Room)

9/17/2014 Florida Gulf Coast University 11:00 A.M.~12:00 P.M.

9/17/2014 New College of Florida 12:00 P.M.~1:00 P.M. (Library, 156)

9/17/2014 University of South Florida 3:30 P.M.~5:00 P.M. (CGS 140)

9/22/2014 Florida Atlantic University 11:00 A.M.~12:30 P.M. (GS214B)

9/22/2014 University of Miami 4:00 P.M.~5:30 P.M. (Whitten Learning Center, 140)

9/24/2014 Florida International University 1:30 P.M.~3:00 P.M (GC140).

9/25/2014 Eckerd College 5:00 P.M.~6:00 P.M. (Seibert 106)

9/25/2014 Ringling College 6:30 P.M.~7:30 P.M. (Location)

9/29/2014 University of North Florida 10:30 A.M.~11:30 A.M. (58W/3804)

9/29/2014 Barry University(Miami) 1:00 P.M.~2:30 P.M. (Landon Student Union Conference Room 204)

9/30/2014 University of West Florida 11:00 A.M.~2:00 P.M. (Career Services Building 19)


The Consulate is attempting to set up information sessions at the following schools: New College, and Florida Gulf Coast University, Ringling College, Saint Leo University, Florida Southern College, and Saint Thomas University. Please contact the Consulate for questions regarding these sessions. Depending on availability, we may or may not be able to visit these schools.

Contact jet@mi.mofa.go.jp for questions or concerns


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New Trailer for Tohoku Tomo

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JET alum Wesley Julian just released a trailer for the documentary he is working on about those who went to help in Tohoku after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The documentary is a story of true friendship and commitment to Japan's recovery by the international community following the Great East Japan Earthquake, Tohoku Tomo is expected to be released in early 2014.

Please check out the trailer!

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Important Survey for JETAA National Initative

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The US-Japan Bridging Foundation has been working on a JETAA Initiative examining the feasibility of creating a national JETAA organization to strengthen the network of JET alumni and JETAA chapters across the US. We would like your input on the project and ask you to fill out the linked survey on Survey Monkey. It should take no more than 15 minutes of your time.

A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JETAAInitiativeSurvey .

The survey will be open through 11:45 p.m. Monday, November 22, 2013.

We invite all JET alumni in the US to provide their input. Please feel free to forward this link to any alumni you know, whether they are involved in the JET Alumni Association or not.  The chapter with the most respondents will win a sushi dinner!

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact your JETAA chapter representative, or email Laurel at the US-Japan Bridging Foundation LLukaszewski@jusfc.gov.


JETerations — How Alumni Touch New Generations of JETs

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Just published in JQ Magazine, read about two generations of JET and how a Florida Japanese teacher and JET alum inspired his student to apply for the JET Program:



Tampa Tsudoi (new place!)

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The Tampa Area Regional Representative hosts a Japanese conversation practice club (known as a tsudoi) the first Friday of every month starting at 7:00 PM.


Starting February 1, the location will be changing to the Panera Bread at 11860 Bruce B Downs Blvd in Tampa (just outside University of South Florida).


For more details, please email tampa@floridajetaa.org. This event is free and open to anyone in the community, whether affiliated with JET or studying Japanese formally or informally (or if a native speaker).


Looking for JETAA volunteers for JET Interviews

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Life after the BOEThe Miami JET interviews are scheduled to take place from February 19-22 and 25. The JET Program office is looking for JET alumni to work as greeters for full-day shifts during these days. Job duties will largely entail checking in interviewees, collecting paperwork, and answering questions/sharing stories with prospective JETs. Lunch, parking costs, and a $50 remuneration are included. JET alumni reapplying for participation in the 2013 year are not eligible to volunteer.

To sign up, please email jet@mi.mofa.go.jp.


AJET Survey for JET alumni

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AJET logoThe National AJET Council would greatly appreciate it if you could take the time to answer this survey for JET alumni by Jan. 25. The survey results will help direct the discussion between JETs and CLAIR at the Spring Opinion Exchange. It takes about 5 minutes max. Yoroshiku!



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