2018 JET Program Participants Depart for Japan


On August 03, 2018 the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage held a Pre-Departure Orientation and Luncheon for ten new Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program participants from Alaska.

At the Pre-Departure Orientation, the new JET Program participants were informed about their impending arrival in Tokyo, life in Japan, and working in a Japanese school. At the Luncheon, the JET Program Participants were joined by representatives from U.S. Congressman Don Young’s Office, the Office of Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a vice provost and several faculty members from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as representatives from the Alaska JET Alumni Association (AKJETAA). The Luncheon was hosted by Mr. Masatoshi Sato, Head, Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage.

At the Luncheon, the JET Program participants were able to share where they were going to live and work in Japan, and the guests could share words of wisdom for their life and work in Japan. Mr. Sato gave the welcoming remarks, and encouraged the JET Program participants to have a wide variety of experiences in Japan and expressed his hope that upon their return, they would serve as a bridge between Japan and their communities in the United States of America. AKJETAA President, Mr. Chris Vaughan, encouraged the JET Program participants to be active members in their communities in Japan.

Early in the morning of August 04, the new JET Program participants left Anchorage for Tokyo, and arrived safely in Japan on the afternoon of August 05. After a few days of orientation in Tokyo with other new JET Program participants from around the world, the Alaska JETs departed for their new homes across Japan. The ten Alaska JET Program participants were placed in local communities within Hokkaido Prefecture, Aomori Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, Hyogo Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture and Nagasaki Prefecture.

Below: A photo of the 2018 JET Program Participants. Their names and universities have also been listed.

Foreground, from Left: Ms. Victoria Leque (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Ms. Rea Cochran (University of Portland), Ms. Lida Zakurdaew (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Ms. Cayra DeGiulio (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Ms. Tessa Calvin (University of Alaska, Anchorage), Ms. Heather Rand-Johnson (University of Alaska, Anchorage).

Background, from Left: Mr. Charles Marshall (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Mr. Nicholas Carmon (University of Alaska, Anchorage), Mr. Caleb Leavitt (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Ms. Angelina Leavitt (University of Alaska, Fairbanks).