About Us

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. The Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) administers the JET Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and local government organizations.

The JET Programme aims to promote grass roots internationalisation at the local level by inviting young overseas graduates to assist in international exchange and foreign language education in local governments, boards of education and elementary, junior and senior high schools throughout Japan. It seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens (mainly youth) and JET participants at the person-to-person level.

The JET Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) is a self-supporting alumni association which was created in 1989 to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship developed between JET Programme participants who have finished their tenure in Japan. The purpose of JETAA is to promote through its activities a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme.

The JETAA Southern Alberta (JETAASA) Chapter is one of seven local chapters in the JET Alumni Association of Canada network. In 1998, JETAA Southern Alberta split off from a larger Alberta-wide chapter based in Edmonton to become its own distinct chapter, creating both Northern Alberta (CN5) and Southern Alberta (CN7) chapters. JETAASA is based out of Calgary – along with the offices of the Consul-General of Japan in Calgary, which has an area of jurisdiction that covers all of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Today, JETAA Southern Alberta has over 100 JET alumni members and interacts regularly with the Japanese Consulate, the Calgary Japanese Community Association, and various Japanese culture groups based in Calgary. The chapter puts on events throughout the year to promote the JET Programme, provide orientations to newly-departing JETs, holds networking events and BBQs for alumni members, and supports the consulate with many of their events and initatives. It exists to provide a network for all JET alumni in Southern Alberta in order to foster and strengthen ties between Canada and Japan and allow its members to connect and share their experiences with each other.

JET Alumni Association of Canada Chapters