JET Alumni Associations
JET participants are expected to continue to play a role as a bridge between Japan and their home countries after their time on the JET Program. Former JET participants have founded alumni associations in their home countries/areas and in Japan named “JET Alumni Associations” (JETAA).
With over 35,800 JET alums from the US alone, the JET Program alumni network is also a powerful tool you can leverage to advance your career. The regional alumni associations are a great way to connect with this network, reminisce about Japan, and promote US-Japan relations. Read on to learn about the opportunities available in your area! Or, if you plan to move to a new country after the JET Program, check out the JET Alumni Association International (JETAAI) to learn about what chapters are available in your next home!
The United States JET Alumni Association (USJETAA) is a nonprofit educational and cultural organization. The mission of USJETAA is to provide support and resources to JET alumni chapters and individual JET alumni throughout the United States in order to strengthen the capacity of the JETAA network, enabling alumni to contribute to the greater U.S.-Japan relationship and ‘bring Japan home’ by fostering education and understanding of Japanese culture in the United States.
The JET Alumni Association USA (JETAA USA), under the umbrella of JETAAI, supports the JET Program, the US chapters and membership. JETAA USA is comprised of 19 chapters across the United States, created and administered 100% by volunteers who are alumni of the JET Program. JETAA Chapters promote Japan and Japanese culture in the form of community, cultural and social events on a grassroots level. JETAA USA has three Country Representatives which represent JETAA USA to the JETAA International community. The US Country Reps also provide structure, connectivity, and support to the US chapters while liaising between Japanese government officials and the US JETAA chapters. US Country Reps also help to lead and drive national JETAA USA initiatives.
Great Lakes Area
Nashville (Music City)
New Orleans (Mid-South)
Southern California & Arizona
Rocky Mountain Area