Aikon 2022 and Meeting the New JETs

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.

Aikon 2022

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!

JETAA Prairies alumni at Aikon which is Winnipeg's premier anime/manga convention and expo. Alumni were present to promote the JET Programme.
JETAA Prairies alumni at Aikon on the weekend of July 22nd-24th, 2022. Aikon is Winnipeg’s premier anime/manga convention and expo. Alumni were present to promote the JET Programme.

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.

The newly selected JETs meet current and former JETs at Shark Club for lunch on July 31st two weeks before their departure.
The newly selected JETs meet current and former JETs at Shark Club for lunch on July 31st two weeks before their departure.

Pre-Departure Orientation 2022

JETAA Prairies held a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs (short-listed and alternates) on June 18th, 2022.
JETAA Prairies held a virtual Pre-Departure Orientation for the new JETs (short-listed and alternates) on June 18th, 2022.

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!

Pre-Departure Orientation, June 18, 2022

When our powers combine…

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 jetaambsk@gmail.com 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.  

Manitoba/Saskwatchewan JET Programme Info Sessions

JET Programme Info Session, University of Winnipeg, October 3rd, 2018. Pre-Pandemic.
JET Programme Info Session, University of Winnipeg, October 3rd, 2018.

Hello, all! I know this website has been bare for months. We had moved web server providers and our alumni had been busy with other events, particularly the Canada National Conference which was held virtually.

It’s that time again. If you or anyone you know are interested in applying for next year’s JET Programme, here are the dates for the info sessions at various institutions. Our alumni will be sharing their experiences:

  • October 6th, 2021, 12pm-1pm: University of Winnipeg
  • October 8th, 2021, 1pm-2pm: Canadian Mennonite University
  • October 12th, 2021, 12pm-1pm: University of Regina
  • October 22nd, 2021, 10am-11am: University of Manitoba.

The room numbers/passwords for Zoom and full schedule for other dates can be found here at https://www.calgary.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000167.html.

Special thanks to the alumni who have volunteered their time to share their experiences on JET.