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.
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.