Florida JETAA
24May/17Off

Volunteers Wanted! JETAA FL 2017 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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Sat. June 24 | 5-10 PM | Christ the King Church,  821 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa

Our chapter's flagship event, the Tampa Natsumatsuri, is only one month away! Over the last 12 years, this community organized festival coordinated by JETAA FL has continued to grow in size. Last year, we had an estimated 800 guests visit!

Since this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the JET Program, we want to make it even better -- but we need help from our JET Alumni!

Interested volunteers contact Tom Gregorich, Festival Director: Tampanatsumatsuri@gmail.com

Why is this important?

A core goal of the JET Program is for former participants to continue sharing  their love and knowledge of Japan with people around the world. As a Chapter, we not only strive to create a home for JET alumni, but also provide opportunities for the greater community to engage with Japanese culture.

Tampa Natsumatsuri, under the leadership of alumni John McGee and now Tom Gregorich, has been doing this for the past 12 years. The festival aims to create the real atmosphere of a Japanese summer festival with treats, crafts, dances, martial arts performances, cosplay, and traditional festival games. Tickets for the games are sold at an extremely low price, and admission is always FREE!

10% of festival proceeds go to a Japan-related charity, such as relief and reconstruction for the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) and the Kumamoto Earthquake (2016). 5% goes to JETAA FL to help with our basic operations, and the rest goes to funding the festival

We'd prefer people to help with full slots, but if you can only dedicate a certain amount of time, we will find a way to work around it! Read on to see how you can help.

Volunteer Slots

Set Up

We're looking for people to help with set up from 3 PM - 5 PM! 

Coffee Jelly

We need someone to make, bring, and sell Coffee Jelly! This is something that JETAA-FL has sold at Natsumatsuri for the last few years. It's really easy to make, and we can give you the recipe, but we're really short-handed this year. Of course, you will be compensated for the cost of materials! 5-9PM (or until it sells out). 

Games

We need volunteers to run game tables during the festival (5 to 9pm). You don't need to bring anything but your enthusiasm! We have all the materials, and can teach you the games on site.

Game examples:

  • wanage 輪投げ
  • shodo 書道
  • omikuji おみくじ
  • kingyo sukui 金魚釣り堀
  • otedaruma お手玉
  • yoyo sukui ヨーヨーつり
  • kids' omocha sukui おもちゃ釣りゲーム
  • origami 折り紙
  • yukata try-on 浴衣
  • shuriken showdown 手裏剣ショウダウン
  • hanetsuki (badminton) 羽根突き
  • daruma otoshi ダルマ落とし
  • ohajiki おはじき
  • taketonbo 竹とんぼ

よろしくおねがいします!

24May/17Off

Job Opening: Part Time Ft. Lauderdale + Miami

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Here's a fun part-time job that may be of interest – it’s perfect for students and those with flexible schedules.

In Fort Lauderdale: See Job Opening Details
In Miami: See Job Opening Details

For information about the position, you may contact Valerie Stewart, Vendor & Marketing Coordinator, 2 Places At 1 Time

M: +1 (415) 813 9244
T:  +1 (877) 275 2237

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23May/17Off

Buy your 2017 Natsumatsuri shirt!

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Shirts are $15 and come in 4 colors! They won't be sold at the actual festival, so get them while you can!

Proceeds go to help fund the festival.

BUY NOW!

7May/17Off

JETAA FL 2017 Newsletter – 1st Quarter

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Above: Japanese Fulbright Professors' Visit, March 25, 2017

Thank you for being a valuable part of our Florida JETAA Community! We know how busy life can get, so we want to try and make it as easy as possible to stay connected. Keep reading to catch up with us - see what we're doing, where we're going, and where you can meet us!

In This Issue:

Read The Whole Newsletter

30Apr/17Off

Save The Date: All-JET Alumni Reunion, August 4th-6th, 2017.

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Celebrate. Reconnect. Reminisce.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the JET Program at the JET30 All-JET Alumni Reunion in Washington, D.C., from August 4th-6th, 2017.

The event will be for JET Alumni, families, and friends. The reunion will feature guest speakers, special events, and opportunities to learn the latest in US-Japan relations, with plenty of time to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones!

Learn more at usjetaa.org/reunion

19Oct/16Off

Job Opening: Embassy Now Seeking JET Coordinator

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JET Program Coordinator,
Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C.

Posted October 19, 2016

Administering the JET Program is a challenging but rewarding job; accordingly, the JET Office at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. is seeking an individual with an exceptional work ethic and dedication to mission of the JET Program to join us.

About the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

The JET Program is the government of Japan’s most successful exchange program, sending over 62,000 participants to Japan since 1987 to serve as Assistant Language Teachers and Coordinators for International Relations. The program aims to enhance English language education at the primary and secondary school levels, as well as to promote international exchange by fostering ties at the grassroots level between Japanese and foreign youth.

 Position Details

Title: Program Coordinator
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Location: JET Program Office, Embassy of Japan, 2520 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 20008

Please note: the Program Coordinator is an independent contractor to the Embassy and will not be deemed an employee of the Embassy for any purpose whatsoever. The Program Coordinator will receive compensatory time off for any overtime hours worked. This position does NOT include paid vacation, sick leave, or health insurance coverage. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Position Description

Under the supervision of the Education Counselor, the Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the screening process for applications for all U.S. candidates, recruitment and interviewing of applicants in the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, and preparing successful candidates for departure. This position will also involve liaising with the JET Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. and assisting with other projects within the Education Counselor’s portfolio as necessary.

Responsibilities

  • Program promotion through recruiting events (career fairs, information sessions, etc.) and social media outreach efforts
  • Implementation of the online application system, application screening, and responding to applicant inquiries
  • Coordination of the review and interview processes, including scheduling and serving as point of contact with review and interview committee members
  • Planning and execution of events, including logistical support, coordinating volunteers, and conducting presentations
  • Communicate and collaborate with other JET Program Coordinators at Japanese Consulates in the U.S.
  • Other duties assigned at the discretion of the Education Counselor or senior JET Program Coordinators

Minimum Qualifications

  • S. citizenship or proper authorization to seek employment in the U.S.
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strong English verbal and written skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with or knowledge of the JET Program
  • Experience working with international education/exchange programs
  • Social media and digital marketing experience
  • Japanese language ability

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jetprogram@ws.mofa.go.jp by Tuesday, October 25th.

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17Oct/16Off

Job Opening at Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.!

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Employment Opportunity:

Political Section Administrative Assistant,
Embassy of Japan in Washington DC

The Embassy of Japan is seeking a highly motivated, team-oriented individual for the position of Administrative Assistant. This individual is primarily responsible for managing the schedules and activities of diplomats in the Political Section. Please see below for a detailed listing of responsibilities.

The Embassy offers group health insurance coverage, paid vacation and sick leave. Working hours are 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, with lunch time receptionist duty once a month and the occasional weeknight and/or weekend event (paid overtime). Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please note: Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. green card holder. Screening will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only successful candidates will be contacted. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the schedules and daily activities of diplomats in the Political Section
  • Make appointments, develop itineraries, coordinate transportation for diplomats and guests, answer phone calls and other administrative duties
  • Maintain and update a contact list database
  • Help organize receptions, cultural events, meetings, and seminars
  • Other responsibilities as needed and appropriate

Required and Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluent in English, basic Japanese language skills a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexibility and resourcefulness
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

How to apply:

E-mail your resume and cover letter to: pol.recruit.2016@ws.mofa.go.jp by October 31st

*Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

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1Oct/16Off

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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24Sep/16Off

Looking Back: 2016 Tampa Natsumatsuri

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This year, FL-JETAA celebrated the 11th year of the Tampa Natsumatsuri! On June 11th, around 700 guests came out to enjoy the games and performances provided by this FREE community festival -- an all time record for us! The festival was started by John McGee, former board member and current Tampa Region Representative. This year, Orlando Region Rep and former Treasurer Tom Gregorich signed on as Festival Director. Thank you both for all the hard work and the amazing time!

Visit the gallery to see more pictures from the festival.

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31Jul/16Off

2016 JET Program Departure!

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Last Friday, we said goodbye to the newest batch of JET Program participants at a Farewell Reception hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Miami. This year, another 46 JETs from Florida were selected to teach all over Japan -- one of our biggest groups yet!

In a rare sighting, Bahia (President), Jennifer (Vice-President), Kyle (Secretary), Lauren (Webmaster), Wendy (South Florida Region Rep.) and Barbara Barret (former Info. Officer) were all together to see them off. We were also glad to be joined by some of our most active South Florida members, Jaclyn, Brian, Gabi, and Barbara.

Congratulations, everyone! We hope to hear about your awesome experiences soon enough!

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