Career Development Workshop (11/12)



Come learn from like-minded professionals at our annual Career Development Workshop.

-Theme: Telling your JET story for the career you want-

We will have former JETs speaking on their current careers, how to update Linkedin profiles, and most importantly, how to tell your JET story for the career that you want. We will have a keynote speaker, and people from the fields of translation, international business, non-profit work and more!

**If you are from out of state, be sure to let us know in advance. We can reimburse for some of the costs of travel.

Supported by USJETAA and the Sasakawa USA. Be sure to register via our guestlist website above and RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

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Employment Opportunities (updated 10/24)

  1. Chicago Futabakai School
  2. Wanted immediately: English and ESL Teacher

    Organization: Chicago Futabakai Japanese School Day School

    Position Title: Full-Time ESL Teacher

    Department: English Department

    State: Illinois

    City: Arlington Heights

    Full-time/ Part-time: Full-time (40 hours a week); overtime and weekends may be necessary.

    10-month academic schedule as per the Japanese school year.

    General responsibilities:

    Design and implement lessons based on school and departmental standards.  Teach ESL classes for elementary and middle school students.  Create and maintain a positive learning environment.  Work in a team setting to help achieve professional goals.

    Necessary Qualifications:

    -Native level English ability (speaking, readings, writing, and listening)

    -Bachelors from an accredited college or university in a related field

    Desired Qualifications:

    -PEL (Professional Educators License), or TBE-Japanese (Transitional Bilingual Educator-Japanese), or 3-5 years of teaching experience.

    -At least 2 years of elementary or middle school teaching experience

    -Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills

    -Receptive of feedback

    -Japanese proficiency (sufficient ability to perform various school administrative duties and tasks in Japanese)

    Start Date:

    November 7, 2016 (As soon as possible)


    Mr. Toshimasa Asai


    Chicago Futabakai Japanese School

    2550 N Arlington Heights Road

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004

    Phone: 847-590-5700 Fax: 847-590-9759


    “Please send a letter of introduction and resume to Principal Asai.  Email only.”


  3. Japanese program at Burr School (Preschool).
  4. We have 5 classes, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon. Our schedule in the past has looked like this:




    and then



    Akiko Sensei came every Wednesday till the end of the school year, minus vacation days for CPS.  Please let me know if you need any more information.


  5. Japanese Teacher at Near the Pier Preschool
  6. Contact: Tonia Evans ( position. The hours would be from 8 am-5pm Monday-Friday. Every class on Tuesdays learns Japanese. The pay rate is something not to be discussed with Tonia Evans, but is handled by the Human Resource Department.

  7. JET Program Coordinator at the Embassy
  8. Administrative Assistant at the Embassy
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October Bingo (10/20)


Every month, a group of JETAA members visit the elderly home Heiwa Terrace to play bingo.  For October, member will meet at Heiwa Terrace (Lawrence and Sheridan) on October 20 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM.

Let us know if you are available to lend a hand.

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Trim the Tree: JETAA Ornament Making Party (11/5)


JETAA of Chicago will once again purchase a Christmas Tree and join the Brookfield Zoo Community Tree Trim on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. We had a great time last year trimming the tree with an array of creations, so let’s “tis the season” and be jolly and continue the momentum!

We need you to help be a part of the festivities: Come join us for an Ornament-Making Party on Saturday, November 5th from 1:00-5:00pm. We’ll be focusing on origami paper craft, temari balls, and other assorted ornaments. We’ll provide the craft items, you provide your creativity! Some food and drink will also be available to feed the festive atmosphere.

We’ll be needing 100-150 ornaments. If you cannot join this event but would like to make your own ornaments, please feel free to create your own for the JETAA tree. You can find a list of decoration guidelines and OK / not OK materials here:

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience so we have an idea of what to expect for numbers. This event is open to JETAA and Friends of JET. Location subject to change dependent on number of guests.

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November JETAA Chicago Member Meeting (11/7)


On Monday, November 7th, JETAA Chicago will have its monthly member meeting from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. The meeting’s location is TBD. It will not be at Mitsuwa. (But that photo is from our Survivor Series, which you can learn about!)

This meeting will be the introduction of the new board for the 2016-2017 year. Come learn about the new leadership and how you can get involved with our awesome activities! We gladly welcome returnees and alumni alike.

A light dinner is provided to all who attend. Let us know if you have any food allergies or avoidances. There will be a nomikai afterwards.

Email with any questions or any items you would like to add to the agenda. Please RSVP on the Facebook event page.  We are looking forward to seeing you!

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