JET Program Welcome Back and Departure Dinner


On January 11th 2018, the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage held a dinner in honor of two JET Program participants who returned from Japan in 2017 and one new JET Program participant leaving for Japan the following week. The JET Program – the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program – sends young professionals to live and work in Japan, either as Assistant Language Teachers or Coordinators for International Relations.
Both of the returned JET Program participants were Assistant Language Teachers, helping teach English in prefectures across Japan. Ms. Linnea Ogawa (rear row, 2nd from left) taught in Okayama Prefecture. Ms. Stacey Tessandore (rear row, center) taught in Tokushima prefecture. Ms. Maria Labatos (front row, center), the newly departing JET Program participant, is starting her teaching career in Japan in Okinawa prefecture.
The Consular Office was excited to be able to sponsor this event, supporting JET Program participants as well as JETAA Alaska – the  JET Alumni Association Alaska – and other institutions that contribute to effective implementation of the JET Program.