On Thursday, October 12th, Consul General Akira Chiba hosted a Welcome Back Reception for Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants who recently finished the program and returned from Japan. Over 70 guests attended the event held at the Official Residence of the Consul General including JET alumni from years past and members of the Japanese / Japanese-American community.
It was a festive celebration as guest reminisced about their homes away from home, shared fun-filled memories, and made new friends. The night celebrated JET participants’ work for the JET Program, becoming a part of their local communities in Japan.
Whilst JET Program participants depart the United States as cultural ambassadors from America, they return as cultural ambassadors from Japan with a new set of customs and traditions they can share and pass on to others. As such, Consul General Chiba encouraged the JET alumni to maintain their connection with Japan by taking part in prefectural associations, sister cities associations, and other Japan-related organizations in the area.
About the JET Program:
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more than 60,000 JET Program participants from over 40 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. For more information, visit http://jetprogramusa.org.