Long time no see! We are still here! We had two significant events this past month alone. On July 8th, a few of us JET alumni met with the new JETs for some Japanese food. We all ate at Naru Sushi in Osborne Village.
In the following weekend, JET alumni attended Aikon 2023 held at the RBC Convention Centre and worked our outreach table. Aikon is Winnipeg’s largest anime convention. It was fun and a couple of us cosplayed but wasn’t enough to outshine the bonsai trees from the Bonsai Winnipeg table next door. We will bring our own bonsai trees next time.
We wish safe travels and good luck to all the new JETs in this next chapter of their lives.
For the last two weekends, JETAA Prairies alumni have been busy promoting the JET Programme at Winnpeg’s premier anime/manga conveniton and finally, meeting the new JETs in person two weeks before their departure. These two events mark the first time in over two years for the alumni chapter to hold events in person since the pandemic began.
On the weekend of July 22nd-24th, 2022, Over a hundred people stopped by at the JETAA Prairies table and chatted about the JET Programme (the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme). Alumni dressed up for the occasion to blend in with the crowd and even participated in some late night karaoke at the convention. It was a very busy three days indeed!
Meet the New JETs 2022
On July 31st, 2022, the new JETs finally met up with current/former JETs in person at Shark Club in downtown Winnipeg for lunch. While this event was a non-official JETAA Prairies event, it was a good opportunity for the new JETs to finally meet each other and ask last minute questions to current/former JETs before departing.
On behalf of all alumni at JETAA Prairies, we wish all new and current JETs best of luck and wish them safe journeys to the Land of the Rising Sun.
On Saturday, June 18th, 2022, JETAA Prairies held the 2022 edition of the Pre-Departure Orientation. The new JETs (both short-listed and alternates) came from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The one-day included opening remarks from Consul Mr. Riki Kishimoto of the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary.
A current JET held a 30-minute session/Q&A where she talked about her situation in Japan. Alumni of JETAA Prairies presented on a variety of topics: Getting Involved With Your School, Lesson Planning/English Team-Teaching, Learning Japanese, Living In The Inaka, and Getting Involved With Your Community. Some alumni also shared materials via email.
Everybody at JETAA Prairies wish all candidates good luck!
The new JETs have been selected and we are currently looking for volunteers to present at this year’s Pre-Departure Orientation (PDOT) this year. The tentative date is Saturday, June 18th, 2022. If you are interested, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our Contact Us form.
What: 2022 Pre-Departure Orientation
When: June 18, 2022 (Saturday)
Where: TBA (In-person/virtually)
There will be honorariums/lunch set aside for those who volunteer. Spots are limited. First come, first serve basis.