Archive for August, 2011

  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/29/jq-magazine-jqa-jet-alum-mike-maher-king-smile-kids-japan/"></div>By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11), originally from Shoreham-by-Sea, UK (near Brighton) and founder ofSmile Kids Japan, which was created with the mission to have every orphanage in Japan visited regularly by a volunteer team in an effort to provide children with mentoring, cultural exchange and a newfound sense of trust. Having making several Japanese friends while attending Royal Holloway, University of London, Mike eventually traveled to Japan and while there, fell in love with the people, the language, the culture, and most of all…the food! After working for a couple years in the UK, Mike […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/29/jq-magazine-jqa-jet-alum-mike-maher-king-smile-kids-japan/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: JQ&A with JET Alum Mike Maher-King of Smile Kids Japan

    By Renay Loper (Iwate-ken, 2006-07) for JQ magazine. Renay is a freelance writer and Associate Program Officer at the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Visit her blog at Atlas in Her Hand. Mike Maher-King (Fukui-ken, 2006-11), originally from Shoreham-by-Sea, UK (near Brighton) and founder ofSmile Kids Japan, which was created with the mission to have every orphanage in Japan visited regularly by a volunteer team in an effort to provide children with mentoring, cultural exchange and a newfound sense of trust. Having making several Japanese friends while attending Royal Holloway, University of London, Mike eventually traveled to Japan and while there, fell in love with the people, the language, the culture, and most of all…the food! After working for a couple years in the UK, Mike […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/22/jq-magazine-stuck-mud-%e2%80%93-jet-alum%e2%80%99s-job-search/"></div>By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Those two sentences are a lot more than the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities. The former could best describe my time in the JET Program (with a couple of exceptions), while the latter is an accurate description of my post-JET time. I was disappointed and sad to leave Yamagata Prefecture last year, but the old saying “when one door closes, […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/22/jq-magazine-stuck-mud-%e2%80%93-jet-alum%e2%80%99s-job-search/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JQ Magazine: Stuck in the Mud – A JET Alum’s Job Search

    By Rashaad Jorden (Yamagata-ken, 2008-2010) for JQ magazine. Rashaad worked at four elementary schools and three junior high schools on JET, and taught a weekly conversion class in Haguro (his village) to adults. He completed the Tokyo Marathon in 2010, and was also a member of a taiko group in Haguro. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Those two sentences are a lot more than the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities. The former could best describe my time in the JET Program (with a couple of exceptions), while the latter is an accurate description of my post-JET time. I was disappointed and sad to leave Yamagata Prefecture last year, but the old saying “when one door closes, […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/18/jetaany-softball-tournament/"></div>Date: Saturday September 10th Warm up: 8:30am Opening Ceremony: 9:00am on Field #7 First game: 9:30am Location: Red HookBrooklyn(155 Bay Street,Brooklyn,NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard work.  All levels of softball players welcome!  No experience needed since this is a slow pitch friendly game.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Docomo, TV Japan, Mitsubishi, Kintetsu and many more! Cost: $15 Includes: […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/18/jetaany-softball-tournament/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JETAANY Softball Tournament

    Date: Saturday September 10th Warm up: 8:30am Opening Ceremony: 9:00am on Field #7 First game: 9:30am Location: Red HookBrooklyn(155 Bay Street,Brooklyn,NY) What better way to spend a Saturday than playing on the JETAANY slow pitch softball team.  The tournament is a full day event, starting with the opening ceremony at 9:00am in Red Hook,Brooklyn.  The day is sure to be fun-filled whether you’re a player or spectator, with an after party near the field to reward us for all of our hard work.  All levels of softball players welcome!  No experience needed since this is a slow pitch friendly game.  We will be challenged this year by teams from Docomo, TV Japan, Mitsubishi, Kintetsu and many more! Cost: $15 Includes: […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/15/jet-alum-project-tohoku-bring-aid-iwate/"></div>By T.R. Pearson (Shiga-ken, 2004-06) forJQ magazine. T.R. currently works in the Admission Office at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. This was his third deployment with All Hands after volunteering in Indonesia in 2006 and Bangladesh in 2008. If you’d like more information on All Hands, he can be reached at theodoreroyce[at]gmail.com. I’m sure most JETs remember the influx of e-mails after every typhoon or earthquake in Japan. It didn’t matter if you lived hundreds of miles away on a different island, family members and friends wanted to know you were safe. With the exception of a couple rumbles and some violent windstorms, my time as an ALT in Nagahama, Shiga-ken was relatively peaceful. While earthquakes in Japan are always a concern, the […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/15/jet-alum-project-tohoku-bring-aid-iwate/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    JET Alum, Project Tohoku Bring Aid to Iwate

    By T.R. Pearson (Shiga-ken, 2004-06) forJQ magazine. T.R. currently works in the Admission Office at Riverdale Country School in the Bronx, New York. This was his third deployment with All Hands after volunteering in Indonesia in 2006 and Bangladesh in 2008. If you’d like more information on All Hands, he can be reached at theodoreroyce[at]gmail.com. I’m sure most JETs remember the influx of e-mails after every typhoon or earthquake in Japan. It didn’t matter if you lived hundreds of miles away on a different island, family members and friends wanted to know you were safe. With the exception of a couple rumbles and some violent windstorms, my time as an ALT in Nagahama, Shiga-ken was relatively peaceful. While earthquakes in Japan are always a concern, the […]

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  • <div class="at-above-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/15/volunteer-translators-needed-jet-alumni-japan-disaster-relief-project/"></div>We may need a team of professional-level translators to help with an upcoming JET alumni project related to disaster relief efforts inJapan.  Timing would likely be late September and October. If interested, please e-mail Steven at jetwit [at] jetwit.com with “Translator” in the subject heading.  No commitment necessary right now. Reminder:  You can also click here to join the JET Alumni Translators & Interpreters LinkedIn group. Background: Apologies for lack of detail at this point as the project idea is still in the process of being thought through by a couple JET alumni well-placed to set this up. But the idea, generally speaking, relates to the fact thatJapan’s non-profit/civil society sector and culture tends to be less established compared to that of theU.S.  […]<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-arch-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://jetaany.org/2011/08/15/volunteer-translators-needed-jet-alumni-japan-disaster-relief-project/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->

    Volunteer translators needed for JET alumni Japan disaster relief project

    We may need a team of professional-level translators to help with an upcoming JET alumni project related to disaster relief efforts inJapan.  Timing would likely be late September and October. If interested, please e-mail Steven at jetwit [at] jetwit.com with “Translator” in the subject heading.  No commitment necessary right now. Reminder:  You can also click here to join the JET Alumni Translators & Interpreters LinkedIn group. Background: Apologies for lack of detail at this point as the project idea is still in the process of being thought through by a couple JET alumni well-placed to set this up. But the idea, generally speaking, relates to the fact thatJapan’s non-profit/civil society sector and culture tends to be less established compared to that of theU.S.  […]

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