Opportunity: Run to be a JETAA USA Country Representative

A message from Jessyca Livingston of RMJETAA:
The time is upon us to gear up for Country Representative elections! I will be serving as your Elections Officer for these elections again this year.All three JETAA USA CR positions will be available, as they are every year. Current CRs are welcome to run again and we also welcome and encourage new folks to run. I am happy to speak with anyone interested in running to discuss what the position entails, responsibilities involved and generally how the CRs and Advisory Board function together as a team. I’m sure any of the current CRs would be happy to speak to you about this as well. It is a very fulfilling experience and as a CR you will have the opportunity to support JETAA endeavors on a national scale while working with some fantastic people engaged in US-Japan relations.You can read about the election process and requirements in detail in our Bylaws (Article IX / pg 6). You can also see the relevant documents and general information in the CR Elections portion of our website. Here are the Cliff’s Notes version of requirements to in order to be considered as a CR candidate:

A candidate for the position of JETAA USA CR must be:

  • an alum of the JET Program;
  • a registered member of a US Chapter;
  • in good standing with their member chapter;
  • a current or past duly-elected or non-elected officer of a local chapter who has served at least one complete term at the local chapter level; the candidate does not necessarily have to currently reside in the area where s/he was a chapter officer
  • have attended at least one National Conference as a conference delegate.

I’ll follow up next week with platform submission information and relevant documents. And again, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

-Jessyca Livingston (RMJETAA)
JETAA USA Advisory Board Member

JETAA USA CR 2010-2012
E: jessyca dot livingston at gmail dot com

Summer Job: Group Leader with The Experiment in International Living in Japan

Serve as a group leader with The Experiment in International Living’s summer 2015 programs to Japan!


The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as International Group Leaders to guide our summer 2015 programs in over 20 countries worldwide.  These individuals will lead groups of 10-15 students on programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.


The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to remain on the cutting edge of international education.  Our programs provide high school students the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country, while exploring their program country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme.


Each program has two co-leaders, who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 3-, 4-, or 5-week journey.  Our leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside their group and serving as their students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping their students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work with the Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich.


The Experiment’s Japan programs – “Language & Cultural Traditions” and “Japanimation: Anime and Manga” – are our most popular offerings and always fill up quickly with students, and thus we’re looking for strong leaders to guide these programs!  Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in intercultural and experiential learning, in-depth experience in Japan, strong verbal competency in Japanese, and experience working with young people.


Applications for 2015 International Group Leader positions are being accepted through February 4, 2015.  To learn more about the leader position and to access the online application, please visit http://www.experiment.org/leaders.


Questions? Email Maura Walsh, group leadership manager, at leadership at experiment dot org.

Job: Recruiter at Interesse International Inc.

Interesse International Inc. provides HR and employment services within the U.S. and between Japan and the U.S.

We are looking for an energetic, entry-level Recruiter to join our expanding teams at the following locations:

New York, NY

Schaumburg, IL

Cincinnati, OH

Atlanta, GA

Houston, TX

Honolulu, HI


The ideal candidate will have

– Familiarity with the Japanese language and the culture.

– Strong interpersonal skills and goal-oriented personality with a passion for being the ‘bridge’ between individuals and companies.

A comprehensive package (Base + Commission + Benefits) will be offered to the qualified candidate.

– Base Salary : around $30K

– Benefits: Group Insurance (Health, Dental, Life), 401K with company matching, Paid Time-off

Commission & Benefits eligibility: after 3 months of employment ( 401K is after one year)

Application procedure:

Please send your resume by email to resume at iiicareer dot com

KCJS Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese

KCJS Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese

The Kyoto Consortium of Japanese Studies (KCJS) is pleased to announce its Summer Programs in Intermediate, Advanced and Classical Japanese.

These intensive programs, held at Doshisha University in Kyoto, offers training in intermediate, advanced or classical Japanese for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students who have completed one year of Japanese or the equivalent. Students enroll in the intermediate, advanced or the classical course, each of which carries eight points of credit on a Columbia University transcript upon

Language instruction will be provided by the regular faculty of KCJS, which is now in its 26nd year as a highly successful junior-year-abroad program in Kyoto,and by visiting faculty from member schools of the KCJS consortium. Conversation partners will be arranged for students of modern Japanese to provide additional speaking practice. Field trips (including one overnight trip), guest lectures, and other activities that utilize Kyoto’s rich cultural resources complement classroom instruction. Students live in homestays or apartments near campus.

For further details about the KCJS Summer Programs, please visit

Temporary Job: JET Program Assistant Needed in Boston

Temporary JET Program Assistant Needed in Boston

A temporary JET Program Assistant is needed to help prepare for and run the JET interviews which will take place in early February.   Work is general administrative and includes answering emails, copying files, organizing documents, etc.  During the interview days, the Interview Assistant checks in candidates and answers questions regarding the JET Program.

  • Full time for about one month (from around Jan 13 until February 139:30am-5:30pm
  • Hours can be flexible, if necessary, except during the interviews (February 3-6)
  • Hourly paid position

If interested, please contact Susan Gill, JET Program Coordinator
s [dot] gill [at] bz [dot] mofa [dot] go [dot] jp and tell me a bit about yourself.


Shinnenkai 2015!

It’s time to ring in the new year with NEJETAA’s annual Shinnenkai, New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 17th, at Shabu Zen in Allston. 

This event will be generously subsidized by CLAIR, but please bring some cash with you as the food will cost $20 and any drinks will be extra.

Please RSVP to Leslie, at president at nejetaa dot com or on our Facebook event here.

When: Saturday, January 17 @ 5:30pm
Where: Shabu Zen, 80 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA (down the street from the Packard’s Corner T stop on the B Train)
Who: JETs (if bringing guests, maximum of two guests per person please!)
Price: $20 per person

This event will be followed by karaoke at Do Re Mi. Be sure to practice your enka or J-pop! 

Hope to see you there!

Share your JET experience and Earn $250 at corporate event!

UPDATE: Presenters still needed ! Accepting submissions! Please send a 100-200 word presentation pitch to Dan Lowe at social at nejetaa dot com
Interested in presenting to an audience of American and Japanese professionals about your time in Japan, while being compensated for it? On Friday, February 13, five JET Alumni will have the chance to speak at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in Marlborough about exciting and surprising aspects of living in Japan.
Each presentation will be in pecha kucha 20×20 style, meaning that each of your 20 slides must be set to automatically transition every 20 seconds. An example can be found here.Possible topics include, but are not limited to, Japanese healthcare, Japanese work culture, transportation, advertising, and food presentation.Please send a 100-200 word presentation pitch to Dan Lowe at social at nejetaa dot com. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 16. Each presenter will be paid $250, courtesy of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals. 
Presenters have the option to either drive directly to Sunovion (84 Waterford Drive Marlborough, MA  01752-7010) or take provided transportation from Showa Boston Institute at 2pm (420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130). If you drive on your own, please arrive at Sunovion by 3pm.

Please send any questions to Dan Lowe at social at nejetaa dot com. We look forward to seeing you there!

JETAA Ski Trip

This year NEJETAA will be hosting the 2nd Annual Northeastern Region Ski Trip from February 6th to 8th. We will be going to Killington Ski Resort, which is the largest Ski area in the eastern United States. We will be staying at the Cascades Lodge, which is a full service hotel with a pub and common areas for hanging out. It also offers a indoor swimming pool, a Finnish Sauna, and a hot tub. A hot breakfast is available on an individual basis for $15. Additionally, for those who are not interested in skiing, the Killington area offers much to do. There are options for individuals do Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and other winter activities. Killington Resort is also only 35 minutes from the lovely town of Woodstock, VT with many options for eating and shopping; and 20 minutes from the Long Trail Brewery.


When: February 6th to 8th
Where: Cascades Lodge, Killington, VT
Hotel Costs for two night stay*: Double: $200 per person; Triple: $143.34 per person; Quad: $115 per Person
Lift Ticket Cost: One-Day $63; Two-Day $120
Ski or Snowboard Equipment Package Rental: One-Day $36; Two-Day: $62
Helmet Rental: One-Day $6; Two-Day $10


Limited spaces available (first-come, first-served!)

Contact Matt: vicepres@nejetaa.com


*Room costs are pending remaining availability of group reservation