Thank you for supporting the upcoming annual conference of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Alumni Association. The JETAA National Conference brings together the 19 U.S. Chapters of the JET Program Alumni Association, a representative of the Canadian JETAA chapters, members of the Japanese government, and organizations supporting the U.S.-Japan relationship to create greater cultural understanding between local regions of the U.S. and Japan. Officers of JETAA chapters attend the conference to learn from speakers and from each other about how to engage local communities to further the U.S.-Japan relationship and collaborate to progress both local and national initiatives.
Your donation will allow us to have a far more successful national conference. With your help we will be able to provide honoraria to conference speakers, funding for transportation, conference supplies, and other needs. We are also seeking in-kind donations, including promotional items for the conference attendees, coffee, refreshments, and other meal contributions. If you're interested in in-kind support please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In exchange for your support, we will recognize all donors on the USJETAA and JETAARM websites as supporters of the National Conference. We will also promote job positions from your company to our 30,000 strong U.S. alumni network. JET Alumni, through their international experience, are a flexible and talented workforce across many industries. Many of whom use their time in Japan to help their communities and the companies they work for.
President, JETAA Rocky Mountain
Executive Director, U.S. Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association
About the 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.
The JET Program seeks participants who are adaptable, outgoing, and who have a deep interest in Japan. Only the best candidates are chosen to represent America. The JET Program typically receives 4,000-5,000 applications each year from U.S. applicants. Of these, 1,000-1,100 will be selected for participation on the JET Program.
About the National Conference
The JETAA National Conference is an annual conference typically held in late summer or early fall. Each of the 19 JET alumni chapters in the United States sends two delegates who are current chapter officers to represent their U.S. chapter. The chapter president and treasurer are encouraged to attend, but in cases that other officers would benefit more from attending or the president and treasurer cannot attend then chapters may choose to send different officers as delegates.
The conference is an opportunity for JETAA representatives to share and gain information about activities within the U.S. JET alumni chapter network, learn best practices for programming, financial management and outreach, understand how the JETAA chapters and affiliated organizations work, meet and collaborate with fellow chapter officers, and help progress national initiatives. Many Japanese government officials from both MOFA and CLAIR are instrumental in bringing these conferences to life and they also participate in various sessions. Travel costs and accommodations for the National Conference are covered in the chapter's individual chapter budget from CLAIR, provided the chapter meets minimum requirements as a US chapter to receive funding. Additional funding is provided by MOFA, donations, and cosponsoring organizations.
Each year, one of the U.S. JETAA chapters volunteers to host the conference. The host chapter has primary coordinating responsibilities for the conference with support from the three volunteer Country Representatives from JETAA USA. This year, JETAARM is the conference host.
About JETAA Rocky Mountain (JETAARM)
JETAARM is a community providing resources for future and former teachers of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. We continue to facilitate the US-Japan relationship through social, professional, and cultural activities.
About the U.S. JET Alumni Association (USJETAA)
USJETAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and cultural organization that promotes grassroots friendship and understanding between the United States and Japan through the personal and professional experiences of over 32,000 Americans who have participated on the JET Programme since its inception in 1987. 10% of your donation will to go support administrative costs by USJETAA.
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