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1) Returnees Party
Having successfully seen off our 2010 JET leavers, we are now happy to welcome back the grizzled vets. As always, we are holding a function to officially welcome them to JETAAWA and introduce the opportunities that JETAAWA can offer.
This year’s welcome back party will be from 6:30pm on Friday 24 September (Friday of the long weekend) at Fuji Restaurant in Vic Park, just over the Causeway. There are plenty of buses and trains nearby.
Dinner and drinks are provided, and to ensure we have an adequate supply, we will probably need to ask for a $5-$10 contribution on attendance.
Of course, this event is open to all members, not just returnees. The more the merrier, so please RSVP soon and catch up with our new members as well as old faces.
2) Reel Anime
Luna Leederville is playing host to this year’s edition of Reel Anime, a mini-festival celebrating Japanese anime. JETAAWA is currently in negotiation to secure tickets to a screening. Details are TBA, but we are hoping it will be:
Tickets: members $5 non-members $10
Date: possibly Sunday 19 September from 1215 or 1915
Movie: Summer Wars
Stay tuned for more info!
3) English teaching opportunity
Blue Travel in Murray Street is currently looking for teachers to teach English to non-native speakers, and has approached JETAAWA to source experienced candidates.
Class times are flexible but would fall withing the range of 900-1730 weekdays. No formal teaching qualification is required. The pay is $20/hour – not massive, but could be good for people trying to get a foot back in the door or just earn a few extra bucks. Classes are 1-on-1.
Inquiries to Yumiko Maeda: email@example.com
4) JET activity survey
The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has, like last year, asked chapters to survey their membership to find out their current occupations.
The info will only be disclosed to MOFA and no personal information will be released other than in a general sense to give examples of some of the ways ex-JETs have used their experiences to continue to contribute to international relations or otherwise.
You are probably aware of the pressure JETAAWA and JET in general is under at the moment in terms of budgeting and viability.
The more data we can compile in response to MOFA’s request, the better. You don’t have to be a diplomat or an interpreter – any info is great!
Please reply to this email with the relevant info – it’s much appreciated! As an incentive, we’ll even offer a free pass to whichever movie is eventually settled on for the Reel Anime screening (see 2 above).
We apologise for the tight deadline, which is this Friday 27 August. It’s only 10 seconds of your time, though, so fire away!
5) Careers seminar
We are currently finalising details for this year’s careers seminar. It’s our aim to have all the presenters be ex-JETs this year, so let us know if you are keen to share your experiences with people looking to turn their interest in Japan into a career.
This Saturday 28 August from 8pm, Graytown is holding its launch party at 49 King Street. Tickets are $15 and get you canapes and plenty of sake.
Graytown is a group broadly intended to ensure that Japanese visitors to Perth stay safe and don’t find themselves on the pointy end of substandard wages or suspicious language exchange partners. More details are available on 0415 186 208.
kaiWA continues at 43 Below on the corner of Hay and Barrack streets each second Thursday from 530-late. Upcoming dates are 26 August and 9 & 23 September.
Remember to bring photo ID. We have also introduced some suggested language activities for those looking to improve their Japanese or help others improve their English!
8) August committee meeting
August’s committee meeting will be on Tuesday 31 August from 1915, venue TBA. Let us know if you would like to attend.
9) Regional Conference
Planning continues for the RC 2010 in Fremantle from November 19-21.
Specific details to follow.