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.

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

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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)

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Hey everyone!
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:

Executive Committee

General Committee

  • 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 maintains working relationships with many local Japanese cultural, government and social groups, such as:

We provide particular support to the following:

Prospective JETs

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

New JETs

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