Welcome to Japanese Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association (JETAA) Canberra.
We are a not for profit self-supporting alumni association which was created in 1989 to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship developed between JET Programme participants. The purpose of JETAA is to promote through its activities a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme.
2023 Shinnenkai – Gyoza & Karaoke Party!
Gyoza and Karaoke? Name a better combo!
Come join us to kick off 2023 with a bang at the JETAA Shinnenkai in Dickson on 17 Feb – registrations essential so click below to secure your spot!
2022 Nara Candle Festival POSTPONED TO DECEMBER 3
Unfortunately over the weekend Events ACT announced their decision to postpone the 2022 Nara Candle Festival until December 3rd. The good news is that it only delays our plans, doesn’t cancel them like the last three years!
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who did sign up, we hope we can count on you to put your hands up again on December 3rd – at least the volunteer dinner will be nice, warm, and sunny weather!
Stay tuned for another call out closer to the date, and thanks again for all the support.
2022 Nara Candle Festival
After a long three year hiatus, the Canberra Nara Candle Festival is BACK and we couldn’t be more excited for the ACT’s biggest Japan festival!
JETAA Canberra will be running a booth (the best one, if you ask us) selling gyoza and beer. If you’re in town why not stop by and say hi.
FESTIVAL DATE: Saturday 29 October 2022 4-9pm
LOCATION: Canberra Nara Peace Park
We’re also looking for volunteers. If the idea of chilling with us for a few hours flipping gyoza, serving fun Japanese drinks and showing off your best “Irrashaimaseeee!” sounds like fun you can sign up to help out on the day
here EDIT: link removed after sign-up period ended. As usual to thank you for your time we’ll be holding a volunteer dinner a few days before the festival.
There’s not much time so get in quick and we’ll touch base with you on further details.
Announcing the 2022-2023 Executive Committee
Please find below details of our 2022-2023 Executive and General Committees as elected at our AGM held on Sunday 18 September:
President – Rafael Villadiego (ALT Nagasaki 2010-2013)
Vice-President – Carol Anderson (ALT Niigata 2009-2014)
Treasurer – Nicole Flynn (CIR Oita 2011-2014)
Social Media Coordinator – Samantha Annetts (ALT Hokkaido 2008-2011)
Social Events Coordinator – Caitlin Collins (ALT 2012-2016)
Webmaster – Robert Blackburn (ALT Gunma 2012-2015)
Jessica Evers (ALT Oita 2014-2016)
Charlie Paulk (ALT Oita 2005-2010)
2022 JETAA Canberra Annual General Meeting
Announcing the 2022 JETAA Canberra AGM will be held via Zoom on Sunday 18 September.
All positions are now open for nomination. Read on for details on how to attend and nominate!
2022 Chopsticks Making Workshop
Our incredibly popular chopstick making event returns in 2022! Join us from 10am to make your own chopsticks followed by a free Bento lunch
Learn about the culture of chopsticks and how to make them. Plus you’ll be able to go home with your very own hand-made pair of chopsticks!
At the well-established Koitoya in Oaks Estate.
Workshop starts at 10am and will be followed by a free Bento lunch from 12pm where you can try out your new chopsticks!
JET Alumni Members: $15
Non-JET Alumni Members: $20*
*Priority registration for JET Alumni Members available from 1 June. Registration for Non-JET Alumni Members available from 11 June.
Lunch + dietaries
Spots are limited! 12 participants maximum as Koitoya Studio is small and cozy – a bespoke experience!
Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Please pay via bank transfer to secure your spot. Be sure to include any dietary requirements for your Bento lunch and we will do our best to accommodate.
*JET Alumni family are also welcome
2022 Alumni* Shinnenkai
2:00pm Saturday 19 March 2022 @ The RUC Turner Bowls Club
(54 McCaughey St, Turner ACT 2616)
It’s another happy new year, which means it’s time for our (belated!) annual shinnenkai, or New Year’s Party!
Come down to the RUC Turner to play a few rounds of lawn bowls, relax and celebrate together outside!
Who: JETAA Alumni and their families!
* If you are a non-JET alumni or a non-alumni member, please get in touch for our wait-list.
Announcing the 2021-2022 Executive Committee
Please find below details of our 2021-2022 Executive and General Committee as elected at our AGM held on Saturday 18 September:
- President – Samantha Annetts (ALT Hokkaido 2008-2011)
- Vice-President – Carol Anderson (ALT Niigata 2009-2014)
- Treasurer – Nicole Flynn (CIR Oita 2011-2014)
- Social Media Coordinator – Dominic Balasuriya (ALT/CIR Nagasaki 2015-2019)
- Social Events Coordinator – Caitlin Collins (ALT 2012-2016)
- Webmaster – Robert Blackburn (ALT Gunma 2012-2015)
- Nicole Willcox (CIR Gunma 2003-2006)
- Bonnie Suehiro (CIR Shizuoka 2008-2010)
- Sheridan Piltz (ALT Kumamoto 2016-2019)
- Jessica Evers (ALT Oita 2014-2016)
Thank you for your continued support.
JETAA CANBERRA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
JETAA Canberra maintains working relationships with many local Japanese cultural, government and social groups, such as:
CLAIR (The Japan Council of Local Authorities for International Relations)
Embassy of Japan in Australia
We provide particular support to the following:
If you’re thinking of applying, you have come to the right place. We can provide you with all the information you need about the Programme, its purpose and function, as well as basic application advice. For more information about the programme, click here
Congratulations on your selection for the program, we aim to prepare you with everything you need to know before departure to Japan
Returning and Former JETs
Whether you have recently returned from the JET Programme, or you took part in it many years ago, we are here to help you maintain your connection to Japan. Whether it is through Japanese events, language exchange or just someone to share your amazing stories with.
People with an interest or connection to Japan.
Never been on the JET Programme? Not a problem, anyone with an interest or connection with Japan is welcome to join.
JETAA Canberra is also a financial sponsor of the following:
- Tohoku Tsunami Youth Victims Program