Ski Trip to Killington

We are fantastically excited to announce that NEJETAA is hosting a Ski Trip to Killington, VT. And you’re invited!

Last time around, we gathered together for a day on the slopes of Waterville Valley. Some of us spent the day learning new tricks from the masters, some used the time to hone their already impressive skills, and others just enjoyed playing in the snow. Truly it was awesome. But when the day was done some of us thought “wouldn’t it be great if we could keep on doing this tomorrow, too?”

So guess what? That’s what we’re doing! And not just us, but the JET Alumni Associations of New York, Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto are all putting out the word to their memberships, too. The whole North Eastern family is coming together. And since we luckily live so close, those of us who’d rather keep it to a day trip can just join us on Saturday and do just that.

Here’s the details:

Where? Mt. Killington, Vermont (
When? January 31st to February 2nd. (Or just February 1st if you prefer a day trip.)
How Much? It’s not final, but these are the projections: Lift tickets are $61 for 1 day, or $117 for two days. Ski/Snowboard rentals are $35 for 1 day, or $60 for 2 days (helmets are an extra $5 or $10 for 1 or 2 days).
Lodging? Summit Lodge ( $119.50 – $179.00 for for 2 nights (depending on how many people are in the room – options are 4, 3 or 2 people in one room).
What’ll We Do? Ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, snow tubing ($10 per person for 1.5 hours), rock climbing ($15 for a day pass, $10 first timer lesson). We can even arrange snowmobiling if there’s enough interest!
How Do I Sign Up? Fill in your information at this link BY DECEMBER 7TH:
We hope to see you there!

Job: The Experiment in International Living, Summer Group Leaders 2014

The Experiment in International Living is recruiting group leaders for their 2014 programs. For background and application information, please see below.
Company Profile
The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. The Experiment has been offering immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932 and today offers 3- to 5-week programs in more than 20 countries around the world. After 80 years and more than 70,000 participants, The Experiment remains a leader in the field of international cross-cultural education for high school students. 
For more information about The Experiment’s mission, history, and programs, please visit:
The Experiment in International Living is the founding program of World Learning, a nonprofit that advances leadership through education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. Learn more about World Learning programs at:
Job Description 
Each Experiment group is accompanied by two adult leaders, and The Experiment is currently hiring exceptional individuals to serve as summer 2014 group leaders. The Experiment is looking for leaders who have a demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience living abroad, competency in the language of the host culture, and experience working with young people. 
Experiment group leaders are dynamic, responsible, emotionally mature adults who support the young people they are responsible for in a number of ways. First and foremost, they maximize the well-being of all participants so that participants can have a meaningful and memorable learning experience. Leaders also represent The Experiment abroad and manage in-country relationships with integrity and professionalism. Group leadership is a chance for you to share your knowledge of and interest in other cultures with an exceptional group of young people.
–Ongoing Support from Program Start to Finish–
Experimenters are met by their two group leaders at a specific meeting location in the designated port of departure in the US. Group leaders immediately start engaging students in conversations and ice-breaker activities. Right away — and continuing throughout the in-country orientation — leaders work with Experimenters to increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness. 
During the course of the program, group leaders keep in close contact with homestay families, conduct group excursions, and guide students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. 
At the end of the program, leaders help students evaluate their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves and the world into their lives moving forward.
The Experiment provides all transportation to and from an intensive one-week leadership training, to the program location with the group, and back to a home city, as well as all in-country expenses (including health insurance, transportation, meals, activities, lodging, incidentals, and communications). In addition to this, group leaders receive a weekly honorarium while leading. 
For a detailed description of group leader roles and responsibilities, please visit: 
For an overview of Experiment programs planned for summer 2014, please visit: 
Experiment group leaders are chosen for their leadership skills, particularly in working with young people, and their cross-cultural experience and language competence. The Experiment selects group leaders who have: 
–A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
–Leadership experience working with high school students
–Experience studying and living overseas
–Competence in the language of the host country
To see bios of past group leaders, please visit:
How to Apply 
To apply to become a 2014 group leader, follow the application instructions at: 
In addition to submitting your résumé, you will be asked to fill out a short application with the following:
–Personal information
–Employment and education background
–Responses to short-essay questions 
–Contact information for three references
–Leader biography
Contact Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at: leadership at worldlearning dot org.

Job for Japanese Speaker

Ora ( is the world’s leading independent ophthalmic drug and device development firm that provides technology-based, concept-to-market services and solutions that accelerate development timelines and improves the scientific quality of clinical research.  With over 1,200 ophthalmic clinical trials and consulting projects completed to date, Ora is the preferred ophthalmic drug development partner for many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies as well as the smallest and most innovative startups.
Our success is based on a foundation of scientific rigor applied to the drug development process. Ora’s team has created many advanced clinical models and protocols that have been proven to produce high-integrity safety and efficacy data quickly. 
This Site Operations Associate will assist in organizing research information for clinical projects, performing administrative aspects of a clinical trial, and ensuring compliance with protocol and overall clinical objectives under the direction and supervision of the Principal Investigator. As a member of the clinical team he/she will rely on instructions and pre-established guidelines to participate in clinical research activities involving human research subjects while working under immediate supervision of a supervisor or manager collecting basic indications of a subject’s health status.  
Maintains protocol compliance during conduct or clinical projects
Participates in study start-up activities
Performs patient screening, recruitment, and enrollment
Performs clinical skills at study visits
Maintains study documents, including source documentation, Case Report Forms, and regulatory documentation
Oral Fluency and written competency in Japanese along with familiarity with Japanese culture and ability to travel up to 70%, flexible hours, and weekend availability is required.
We will train you:
o To understand the protocols in order to collaborate with the Investigator in answering subject’s questions about the informed consent, as well as be able to take and update a subject’s medical and medication history; 
o To understand the significance of inclusion and exclusion criteria, understand how to identify and to whom to report an adverse event, and have knowledge of the basic safety tests used in clinical trials;
o To review past/present medical conditions, surgeries, procedures, and concomitant medications;
Recent grads with Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or Life Sciences, CNA or Med Tech certification programs will be considered.
At least 1 year of experience in clinical trials, or equivalent training and work experience is a plus, but not required. 
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Ora is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Ora maintains preferred vendors for all permanent and temporary recruitment. All resumes submitted by search firms or recruitment professionals to any employee at Ora in any form without a current signed search agreement will be deemed the sole property of Ora and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ora.

Career Networking with NEJETAA & JSB

We are excited to announce that NEJETAA is partnering with the Japan Society of Boston for our last happy hour of the year.  Join us for pints and terrific networking opportunities with JET alumni and the Japan Society of Boston.


Date:  6-8pm, Friday, November 22nd

Location: The Lansdowne. Kenmore Square
Preregistration Entrance Fee:
  $10 for JETs/JSB member
  $20 for non-members

Now until registration deadline:

Register & Join Japan Society of Boston and get in for FREE. 

The entrance fee includes light appetizers.  Cash bar.

The registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, November 20th.


Snappy Ramen Nihongo Dake Dinner

Snappy Ramen に行きましょう!
This NEJETAA event is generously sponsored by Snappy Ramen – please consider showing your thanks by liking them on Facebook and reviewing Snappy Ramen on Yelp.

With the cold weather, only ramen will fit the bill!!
Our next Nihongo Dake Dinner will be taking over the new Snappy Ramen restaurant in Davis Square.   Featuring a talk by Chef Youji on all things RAMEN served with a FREE BOWL of Snappy Ramen, this is one Nihongo Dake you do not want to miss.  

Spicy Miso Ramen with a scoop of miso, six-minute egg, and two pieces of pork 

Where: Snappy Ramen, Davis Square: 420 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144 (map)
When:  2-5pm, Sunday, November 24th
How much: FREE
Who:  JETs and Significant Others will be given preference on a first come, first serve basis.
This event will be held in entirely in Japanese, but all levels are welcome. Spots still open. So RSVP now to treasurer at nejetaa dot com

JETAA Initiative survey


The US-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) is one of the supporters of our JETAA Regional Conference 2014 in Boston and they are interested in hearing from you about the JETAA Initiative (more details here). Here is an interview with Laurel, Project Director of the JETAA Initiative and a fellow JET!. As a bonus, the JETAA chapter with the most number of responses (must indicate you are from the NEJETAA chapter in the survey) will receive a $100 restaurant gift card which we can use to host a fun dinner party for members! Please take this survey to show your support for JET and JETAA and weigh in on our future! Below is the survey invitation:


USJBF 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.
The survey will be open through (note new extended deadline!) 11:45 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013.
We invite all JET alumni in the US as well as current US JETs 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.
If you have any questions or comments, you can contact your JETAA chapter representatives (that’s us, your NEJETAA officers!), or email me at the US-Japan Bridging Foundation LLukaszewski at jusfc dot gov
Laurel S. Lukaszewski
(ALT, Kagoshima-ken 1990-1992)
Project Director, JETAA Initiative
US-Japan Bridging Foundation

Nov. Election results and General Meeting minutes

NEJETAA held our General Meeting and closed elections on Wed. Nov. 6. Thank you for voting! Here are the minutes from the meeting. Thanks to Jeff for taking them.
Our new bylaws have passed! 
Brian Peckrill is our new President
Bill Zagata is our new Membership Coordinator
Tim Ogino is our new Communications Coordinator/Webmaster
Welcome to our new officers!
We would like to thank Stephanie Simpson-White for her 3 years of service as President and Christina Omori for her 5 years of service as Communications Coordinator/Webmaster!
The Officer Orientation meeting for new and previous officers will be Nov. 19. Responsibilities will be officially exchanged at that time and we will update our contact list!

Free Japanese film screening

Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, a supporter of the JETAA Regional Conference 2014 in Boston hosted by NEJETAA, and the Brattle Theater are sponsoring a free film screening of “Heaven’s Story” and the director Takahisa Zeze will also be present! 
The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.
Film is at 1pm on Sun. Nov. 10. For more details, please visit this link from the Brattle Theater.

Showa Boston Japan Culture Festival

Showa Boston’s 24th Annual Japanese Culture Festival

Where: 420 Pond St, Jamaica Plain, MA
Date: Sunday, November 24
Time: 1 pm – 5 pm
Admission: Free!!

Showa’s annual festival is our biggest event of the year! It is the result of our students’ creativity and hard work. If you’re interested in learning more about Japanese culture, drop by!

Transportation: A free shuttle bus will depart Reservoir Station (Green Line – D) every hour on the half hour starting at 12:30 pm

Some topics include:
~ The Olympics
~ Origami
~ Daily life in Japan
~ Japanese New Year’s
~ And more…

Information about the day’s entertainment will be posted closer to the event date!