Welcome New Kumamoto JETs!!!
 
We are very excited to have you join us in wonderful Kumamoto Prefecture.  Hopefully you have been contacted by your predecessor or contracting organizations and are beginning to learn more about your placements and Kumamoto in general.  This website offers a lot of information on living and working in Kumamoto.  Please peruse it at your leisure.  
 
You may also want to check out the "Kumamoto Orientation" tab on the left.  It has materials from past Kumamoto Orientations, and a lot of the material is still relevant.
 
The welcome video below was made by current Kumamoto JETs Joel Carter and Joost Van Steenderen. It features current Kumamoto JETs talking about different aspects of life and work in Kumamoto, as well as some advice for making your time on JET fruitful.  Enjoy!
 
 
 
We hope your pre-departure preparations are coming along nicely.  We are all looking forward to meeting you in person in the summer! 


 
 
Kumamoto Orientation
 
Kumamoto Orientation will be held on August 13-15 at the International Center in Kumamoto City.  All incoming ALTs, including Kumamoto City ALTs, are required to attend.  We are really excited for this year's orientation, and have a lot planned!  
 
Here is a basic schedule:
 

Day 1 (August 13)

Municipal & K-city ALTs

SHS ALTs

13:00-13:30

Check-in

13:30-13:45

Opening remarks

13:45-14:25

The Role of the ALT in English Education

14:25-15:10

Trading Places - Afrikaans

15:10-15:20

BREAK

15:20-16:35

PA Remarks

16:35-16:50

KumAJET/Closing/Explanation of Castle Tour

16:45-18:15

Tour of Kumamoto Castle

Day 2 (August 14)

Municipal & K-city ALTs

SHS ALTs

9:00-9:15

Check-in

9:15-9:30

schedule explanation

9:30-12:10

ES: Activities Fair

(9:30-10:30)

Teaching Skills and Preparation for the Classroom (10:30-11:20)

JHS: Panel and Group Discussion

(11:20-12:10)

TEFL Ideas for ALTs

(9:30-10:20)

TT Interactive Workshop

(10:20-11:20)

Lesson Planning

(11:20-12:10)

12:10-13:20

LUNCH

13:00-16:10

Workshops and Interactive Booths

Optional workshops:

Teaching Phonics; Exploring Kumamoto: Things to Do and See; Office & Enkai Etiquette

Interactive Booths

Eating Vegetarian/Vegan; Cooking in Japan; Trash Sorting; Bugs & Pests; Cleaning Products & Seasonal Housekeeping; Appliances, Electronics, and Internet; LGBTQ; Women’s Safety; Health & Wellness; Emergency Preparedness; Kumamoto Psychological Counseling Center; KumAJET; Eikaiwa; Hi, Friends! Teaching Materials; Classroom Activities; English Outside the Classroom; Driving in Kumamoto; Sending Money Home; Living in the Inaka; Japanese Language Study; The 職員室 (Teacher’s Room); Special Needs Education; Self Intro Lesson Plan Help...and more!!!

16:20-16:50

Area Meetings (meet in Conference Room 3)

16:50-17:00

Closing.  Leave by 17:00

Day 3 (August 15)

Municipal & K-City ALTs

SHS ALTs

9:00-9:30

Check-in

9:30-11:45

Japanese Lessons

11:45-13:00

LUNCH

13:00-15:15

Japanese Lessons

15:30-16:00

Closing, pictures, survey

18:00-20:00

Post-KO welcome Party (optional)


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you can see, there will be many booths on the afternoon of Thursday, August 14.  There will be a lot of information at each booth, but there will also be extra information that we will post here about the various topics.  If you're interested, take a look!
 
Bugs and Pests - Lots of information about many of the critters you might encounter in Japan.
 
 
 
 
 
Summer YOKA, 2014
It's finally here!  This YOKA includes:
  • Skateboarding in Kumamoto by Sam Van Ginhoven
  • 4,541 Miles of Perspective by Jarissa Lum
  • Chinese Characters Worth Getting Tattoed by Chris Ott
  • Short Stories from Kumamoto by Sam Zimny
  • Summertime Swimming in Kyushu by Chris Ott
  • Photos by Lacey Lee and Valeria Reyes
This YOKA was designed by Valeria Reyes.



 
 
Kumamoto Restaurant Guide
 
This is a new project we just started.  We'd like to gather information on restaurants throughout the prefecture so that anybody can find a good place to eat wherever they go.  
 
Right now we only have places in Kumamoto City, but we'd like it to eventually include places in every part of the prefecture.
 
If you have some restaurants you want us to include, please let us know!
 
Thank you Sara Brown for helping us with this project!
 
Map Key:
 

Orange marker:  noodle shops (ramen, udon, etc.)   
 
 
Red marker:  other restaurants


Orange square:  Japanese fast-food restaurants


Red square:  Western fast-food restaurants


 
 
 
 
 Leavers' Meeting Photos
 
On July 4th non-reappointing Kumamoto JETs gathered at the Suizenji Kyosai Kaikan in Kumamoto City.  Here are a few pictures of this year's "graduating" JETs.

 

 

 
 
Reminders....

・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

Important upcoming dates:

・August 13-15 (Wed-Fri) - Kumamoto Orientation for new JETs at the International Center in Kumamoto City.

・December 4-5 (Thur-Fri) - 2014 Skills Development Conference at the Terrsa Hotel in Kumamoto City.

 
KumAJET
Upcoming Events:
kumajet@ajet.net
 
 
Area Guide

 

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