The newest group of JET participants are preparing for life in Japan! We are looking for energetic and committed JET alumni to facilitate the passing of the torch. Consider sharing your expertise and enthusiasm with the next generation.
Below you will find details on Pre-Departure Orientation and a full description for each volunteer position. Most volunteers are not required to attend the full day but you may sign up for multiple positions. We want to provide new JETs with the best possible head start so there will be some preparation required for workshop presenters.
Register for your desired position(s) by Sunday, June 3rd.
Pre-Departure Orientation – Day 1 (Saturday, June 23rd)
BCIT Downtown Campus, 555 Seymour St, Vancouver
Reception Dinner & Social Event, Free for JETAABC Members (details TBA)
Pre-Departure Orientation – Day 2 (Sunday, June 24th)
Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver
OVERVIEW OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
–– SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd @ BCIT Downtown ––
AUDIO-VISUAL COORDINATOR (9:30am to 5:00pm) (1 Volunteer Required(or can be split into 2 half day volunteers if necessary))
The AV Coordinator is an important position which ensures that the technical aspects of the day run smoothly, including setting up the computer/projector and cuing the Powerpoint presentations.
REGISTRATION (9:45am to 10:00am) (1 Volunteer Required)
Registration volunteers assist in setting up and taking down the registration table, distributing any paperwork, and answering general questions about the day.
MORNING MC (10:00am to 1:00pm) (1 Volunteer Required)
The Morning MC is the voice of the morning’s events, and her/his duties include welcoming the training participants, making opening remarks/introducing the morning’s events, introducing each workshop, and communicating any messages/”housekeeping” issues for the organizers.
ICE BREAKER (10:05am to 10:30am) (1-2 Volunteers Required)
These volunteer positions require creativity and genki-ness, and involve coming up with a game (or games) to get training participants to know, and speaking with each other. The game(s) will be organized in advance with the conference organizers, and the game idea(s) are required to be submitted by June 15th.
“FROM NOW UNTIL TOKYO” (10:30am to 11:20am) (1 Volunteer Required)
This volunteer will explain what to expect in the comings months before JET Programme participants leave for Japan. Half of the time will be taken up by Consular staff, and the second half will be the volunteer’s presentation. Preparation is involved in putting together this presentation, however information and support will be provided for the volunteer by the consulate and/or the event coordinator. The draft presentation is required to be submitted by June 15th.
“YOUR FIRST MONTH IN JAPAN” (11:25am to 12:05pm) (1 Volunteer Required)
This volunteer will explain what to expect in the first months after JET Programme participants arrive Japan, and provide tips about how to use this time effectively. Preparation is involved in putting together this presentation, however, information and support will be provided for the volunteer by the consulate and/or the event coordinator. The draft presentation is required to be submitted by June 15th.
“MONEY & TAXES” (12:05pm to 12:50pm) (1 Volunteer Required)
Taxes and finances are a source of difficulty and confusion for JET participants. This presentation will offer tips on how to manage your JET salary and taxes both in Japan and upon your return to Canada. Preparation is involved in putting together this presentation, however, materials and support will be provided by the consulate and/or the event coordinator. The draft presentation is required to be submitted by June 15th.
“LIFE IN A JAPANESE SCHOOL & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT” (2:00pm to 2:45pm) (1 Volunteer with Elementary School Experience, 1 Volunteer with Junior High School Experience, and 1 Volunteer with Senior High School Experience)
Each volunteer will make a 10-minute presentation about their experiences as a teacher in their respective schools. The presentation could include a typical school day, the relationship between students and teachers, the relationship between JETs and their supervisors, English teachers and teachers of other subjects (non-English speaking teachers), after school clubs, school events (Undokai, graduation, etc), other school happenings (assemblies, staff meetings, cleaning the school, lunches, etc), etc. Presenters should also include how they got involved in school and/or the community outside of class time. Following the presentations, the floor will be opened up for a question and answer session. The draft presentation is required to be submitted by June 15th.
AFTERNOON MC (2:45pm to 5:00pm) (1 Volunteer Required)
The Afternoon MC is the voice of the afternoon’s events, and her/his duties include welcoming the training participants back from lunch, making remarks/introducing the afternoon’s events, introducing each afternoon workshop, and communicating any messages/”housekeeping” issues for the organizers.
“LIVING IN JAPAN” AND “WORKING IN JAPAN” WORKSHOPS (2:55pm to 4:00pm) (4 Volunteers Required)
Volunteers will lead a group discussion of one or more scenarios (which they will prepare in advance) that highlight the challenges and benefits of living and working in Japan, and which touch on the impact of Japanese culture in daily life and how it affects situations in which JETs may find themselves.
NB: Volunteers for this workshop must participate in a training session on June 5th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm to be held at the Japanese Consulate in Vancouver. Dinner will be provided. Each volunteer’s scenario(s) drafts are required to be submitted by June 15th.
CIR WORKSHOP (3:30pm to 4:00pm) (2 Volunteers Required)
Past CIRs will meet with future CIRs and discuss what to expect and how to manage situations in which a CIR may find herself/himself.
“RE-ENTRY INTO CANADA” (4:05pm to 4:25pm) (1 Volunteer Required)
This seminar will discuss what to expect when returning from Japan/JET, how JET Programme participants can prepare for re-entry into Canada, as well as about JETAABC.
GENERAL Q&A PANEL (4:25pm to 4:50pm) (4 Volunteers Required)
The floor will be opened up to questions by future JET Programme participants and the panel will provide answers and their insight in responding.
–– SUNDAY, JUNE 24th @ Wosk Centre for Dialogue ––
TEACHING IN JAPAN Q&A PANEL (2:30pm to 3:30pm) (2 Elementary/Junior High School and 2 Senior High School Volunteers Required)
This is an open-floor question and answer session for new JETs to ask those with teaching experience at their respective educational levels.