JETAA New York’s 30th Anniversary Gala

The Exec Board at JETAANY wanted to reach out to make sure you’re aware of and are welcome to attend the the 30th Anniversary Gala in NYC on February 3rd!
We only have space for a little over 100 people so we especially wanted to be sure our New England friends didn’t miss out if you want to attend. (We’ve sold over 60% of the tickets since December 1st!)
The gala is a black tie optional event that includes dinner, open bar, a sake-barrel opening ceremony and toast, entertainment, speeches, a silent auction, a taiko performance, and other activities. The cost is $82 pp thanks to a couple  grants we were able to secure to off set the price.
As our neighbors and friends, we value being able to do joint-events with you and hope you’ll consider joining us at this special evening. After-all, what better excuse to do a night in NYC than a gala celebrating your favorite program!
Tickets can be purchased on the website:
Check out the FAQ section at that link for info or feel free to email us at with questions. We have not posted housing information, but there’s a chance we could try to find Boston folks a “tatami-timeshare” style option, so let us know if you need it. We’ll also be posting updates to our FB page: je
Thank you and hope to see you in February! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

NEJETAA Annual Ski Trip–A Shared Experience

At the end of January, New England JET Alumni Association hosted the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip at Killington Ski Resort. This was our biggest ski trip yet–30 JET alumni and friends of JET from all over New England, New York, DC, and even Ottawa reunited or met for the first time in Vermont.

This kind of a trip is the perfect opportunity for JET alumni old and new to come together. We had JETs who have been back for 10 years now and ones who just returned last summer. There is something really special about getting so many people who have a shared experience together in one place. Even though we were all sent to different prefectures in Japan, we all end up back home as JET Alumni.

  JET Alumni and friends on Sunday afternoon (Photo Cred goes to Leslie Risak)

Dinner at The Foundry! Every time! (Photo cred goes to Leslie Risak)

This is what Pam Kavalam, the JETAANY President had to say about the trip:

“Had such an awesome time with you all. I heard a rumour that this was the best JETAA international cross chapter trip (4 chapters represented!) EVER! Big thank you to Dan, Rachel, Matt and the whole team who put this together. (And Mike for driving the whole JETAANY crew singlehandedly!). Here’s to another great 30 years!”

Great Northern, Killington Mountain

Secret Lunch Spot: Sunrise Cafe (But I guess it’s not a secret anymore…)

When we asked our fearless leader Dan Lowe what we enjoys most about the ski trip, he had this to say:

“The success of the NEJETAA Ski Trip is tied to the number of people and chapters represented. A unique sense of community forms when a diverse group sharing a common JET experience comes together to have fun, network, and share common passions. The JET Program in turn benefits from an active alumni community, energized by chapter initiatives such as this.”

Thanks for always having us back, Summit Lodge!

And last but not least, we had to ask Alex Svetlovsky, JETAA Ottawa Senior Advisor, why he has crossed the Canadian border four years in a row for this trip.

“I’ve gone to the NEJETAA Ski Trip four years in a row, now. The first year, NEJETAA reached out to nearby chapters while I was the president of JETAA Ottawa. The trip was very appealing – a whole group of JET alumni in one place for a ski trip. Three of us all gathered in my car and drove the six hours down to arrive very early on Friday.

That first trip there was magical for me.

I met so many new friends – ones that I still stay in contact with four years later, even though they’ve only gone once. The trip is that perfect mix of new people to meet, a shared experience between us all, and an ideal venue. The skiing is secondary to me; all the warm memories I have from my four trips are of the different smiles and adventures with the people I’ve met. That, and the hot tub. I would recommend the trip to anyone – skiers and non-skiers alike. Come for a weekend ski getaway, keep coming back for the warmth and friendships developed.”


 Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 30 years with us! We hope to see you next year!

Welcome new NEJETAA Officers!

The results of the May 2015 NEJETAA Officer Elections are released! Please welcome our new and returning officers:

Vice-President: Daniel Lowe (Chiba-ken)

Treasurer: Rachel Pauplis (Yamaguchi-ken)

Social Chair: Caitlin Frost (Nara-ken)

We look forward to great things this year! Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!


We would also like to thank outgoing Vice-President Matthew Castle for his service to NEJETAA. Otsukaresama deshita!


Please feel free to reach out to any of the NEJETAA board with questions, ideas, and concerns! We are happy and willing to work to most effectively serve our membership.

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.


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!

Nov. 2014 Elections Open! and General Body Meeting (11/24)

Online Voting is now open for the November 2014 NEJETAA Executive Officer Elections.


Please read the candidate platforms and instructions below. You can cast your vote on the Google Form HERE.


Alternatively, you can join us and cast your vote in person at our next General Body meeting on November 24th, 2014 to be held at UNOs Restaurant in Harvard Square (22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138) from 7:00pm.


Voting Rules:

Online Voting Instructions and Rules:

1. Each NEJETAA member is entitled to cast one ballot only.

2. You have the option to vote for a single candidate or abstain for each position

3. This poll will be open from its posting on November 17th, 2014, until 11:59PM EST on November 24th, 2014.


To be an eligible NEJETAA member (required to vote), you must:

1. Be an alumnus/alumna of the JET Program

2. Currently reside in the New England region (CT, RI, VT, NH, ME, or MA)

3. Be in good standing with NEJETAA



Please direct any questions to Matt Castle (vicepres [at] nejetaa [dot] com). 


If you are interested, detailed succession and voting scheduling procedure can be found in our bylaws here: 



Read the Candidate Platforms Below:


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Please take AJET surveys to improve JET Programme

AJET Surveys!
JETs/Former JETs, help us make POSITIVE CHANGES to the JET Programme!! Please take these 3 surveys. This is one of the most effective ways we can “talk” with the Japanese government and CLAIR about what to change and HOW to change it. THIS is the power of YOUR community. So thanks for helping our future JETs out!!! 
Disaster Awareness:
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