On August 12, several JETAA Q/A members and former MEXT scholars helped run the JET Programme Alumni Association Booth to talk about working and studying in Japan, with a photo exhibit and a prize draw for attendees!
With the rising sun on the morning of July 29, members of the 2017 JETAA Q/A executive committee were at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport to assist the JET Desk and send off the new JETs.
On July 28, 2017, Quebec and Atlantic JET Programme participants attended Pre-Departure Orientation in Montreal to get ready for departure on the following day, with final workshops and presentations from JETAA Q/A and the Montreal JET Desk. Afterwards, new JETs, alumni and members of the Montreal Japanese community were invited to a farewell cocktail at the official residence of Consul-General of Japan, Hideaki Kuramitsu.
On July 8 and 9, JETAA Q/A and the JET Desk gave workshops on various topics, including classroom management, team-teaching dynamics, lesson planning, and cultural representation. The driving objective of the weekend was to help participants prepare their self-introduction lessons.
On June 23, 24 and 25, a three-day Weekend Orientation was held in Halifax for Atlantic JET Programme shortlisted and alternate candidates. Several JETAA Q/A members attended to give advice and share their experiences. In addition to several presentations, participants enjoyed a workshop on Japanese matcha and, during one memorable evening, unwinded at a local karaoke bar.
After their last Japanese class, several JETAA Q/A members and 2017 JET beginner level class attendees went to Kabocha, a Montreal izakaya, to celebrate. Otsukaresama deshita!
Japanese classes for JETAA Q/A members, 2017 JET Programme participants and JET hopefuls were held in May and June at McGill Thomson House, with Japanese language instructors Patrick Chaury and Hidetaka Yoneyama.
On June 10 and 11, JET Programme Short-Listed Candidates and JET Hopefuls attended Weekend Orientation in Montreal to learn more about living and working in Japan, through presentations and workshops given by JETAA Q/A members and guests. Several cultural aspects were introduced throughout the weekend, including bento lunches on both days and a traditional Japanese dance lesson with Ms. Kayo Yasuhara from Komachi Montréal on Sunday.
On the evening of June 10th, several Weekend Orientation attendees in Montreal got together at Pang Pang to sing their hearts out. Karaoke classics in several styles – and in several languages! – got their minute of glory.
Every year, representatives from the seven Canadian JET Alumni Association chapters gather for a national conference. This year, the conference was hosted by JETAA Northern Alberta in Edmonton, and I was given the honour to represent JETAA Q/A and attend.