About us

The Beginning

Every almuni member of Florida JETAA has one thing in common: we all participated on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Participants are chosen to live and work in cities, towns, and villages across Japan. Some of us participated for a year and some of us participated for longer. When we returned to the USA after living abroad, we strove to find kindred spirits who would not get tired hearing of our adventures abroad. And so, Florida JETAA started. 

Who We Are

We are a local chapter of JETAA USA that serves the entire state of Florida. Our purpose is to aid JET alumni in transitioning into their post-JET lives and help them maintain their connection with Japan and the JET Program. We aim to maintain and build upon the spirit of community involvement and global awareness many JETS develop in Japan and redirect that attention to the state of Florida. We also strive to connect JET alumni with members of the Japanese community in Florida and support the Japanese Consulate in recruiting a new generation of JETs.

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program

The JET Program is a competitive employment opportunity that allows young professionals to live and work in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Being a JET is an opportunity to work and to represent the United States as cultural ambassadors to Japan. Most participants serve as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) and work in public and private schools throughout Japan; some work as Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs) as interpreters/translators. 


JETAA USA (JET Alumni Association of the United States of America) supports the JET Program, the US chapters and membership. We promote a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the US through our local JETAA chapter activities, thus playing an important role in the promotion of US-Japan relations. JETAA US chapters promote Japan and Japanese culture in the form of community, cultural and social events on a grassroots level. 


Created by a JET alumni working group and JET alumni association leaders to serve alumni in the United States through its unique role as a national nonprofit organization, the mission of USJETAA is to support the JET alumni community and strengthen the U.S.-Japan relationship via educational, cultural, and intellectual programs serving the alumni network.