AJET Bulletin, March 2007


By Lisa, Casey and Hans

Hello JETs! Here at Hiroshima AJET headquarters we have been busy working on some exciting upcoming events: Early April we are planning a quiz night. Come see if last year’s winners (Jeff Niemetschek, Berin McKenzie, and Russ Tyler) can retain their title! All the money raised that night will go towards the Bangladesh Habitat for Humanity trip, which is being led by Hiroshima JETs, Shannon and Peter Coelho. During Golden Week their team is going to Bangladesh to help build houses for needy families. The quiz night fundraiser will be a guaranteed fun night where you can see if you truly have lost all of your capacity for intelligent thought while in Japan – plus you’ll be helping out a good cause.

Other events to look forward to include a Carp game in May, an outdoor activity in June, and the Leaver’s Party in July. Keep your eyes peeled for AJET emails with more information about all these events. Lucky for us, the cherry blossoms are out a bit early this year. That means that hanami season is just around the corner. Look for either of us happily stationed under a cherry tree, or you can reach us by email at


A word from out-going Block 9 rep, Hans

Why is National AJET important?
What do they do?
Who are they?

I hear these questions all the time. Here in this article are the answers to those questions, serving, I hope, as a brief explanation as to why, between March 1st to March 10th, we would greatly appreciate it if you could go online – www.ajet.net – and vote for the next National AJET (NAJET) Council. Choose your favourite candidate for the positions of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Block 9 Representative (which is the person who is responsible for representing Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Shimane and Okayama prefectures). In order to answer the above questions, let’s take a look at the things that would NOT exist if it were not for the hard work over the years of the 21 annual JET volunteers who together make up the National AJET Council:

  • Regular contact with, and an exchange of opinions and suggestions between, the JET community and CLAIR; meaning that very little would change and any change that could happen would occur extremely seldom.
  • The Peer Support Group – this is the JET advice helpline which runs every night of the year. It is not run by CLAIR.
  • Practical workshops and training given by professionals at Tokyo Orientations.
  • Books, guides, plans, ideas and a whole host of other resources that help us to do the best job we can in our role as JETs. These supplies are made by a combination of JETs, and professionals and are offered at discounted rates.
  • Corporate special offers and links, as well as support networks, job opportunities and so forth both for those who leave JET and stay in Japan, and for those who go home at the end of their contract.
  • Teaching and Internationalization photo, essay, and poetry awards.

As if these projects were not enough, AJET also facilitates the running of these great additional perks for JETs: Tatami Timeshare; Nihon Now (AJET portion); new publications; advice, support and networking between JET groups; Special Interest Groups (SIGs); support networks for Non-Native English Speaking JETs; General Information Handbook resources; help with sick leave, paternity leave and bereavement leave; and professional development opportunities. The list just goes on and on.

Every vote counts! Please go online between March 1st and 10th by LISA, CASEY and HANS the latest from Hiroshima and National AJET AJET (www.ajet.net) to vote for your National AJET representatives. Your vote ensures that NAJET is able to continue to positively develop the JET programme in order to help its participants have the best experience possible in the future.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for your support and help throughout my year in National AJET. I will miss my time on the council greatly.

Hans Svennevig
Block 9 Representative
Education Liaison
National AJET 2006-2007