What We Do
Founded in 1992, JETAA Vic/Tas/SA is a ready-made circle of friends who have shared similar experiences and have a strong appreciation of Japan and the JET Programme.
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia chapter is made up of former JET Programme participants sponsored by the Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne and Japan’s Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR).
Our alumni association has grown from just a handful of members to today’s thriving membership of more than 300 across three states.
We help new JET Programme participants get ready to leave for Japan and when they return help them to make the transition back to life in Australia. We also seek to promote the knowledge and understanding of Japan, its people and its culture within Australia, and conversely, of Australia in Japan.
Our association structure, objectives, activities and executive committee roles are set out in our charter, which you can download here.
The 2017-18 committee was elected at our Annual General Meeting held on February 11, 2017.
President: Rebecca Centeno
Vice President: Emma Libbis
Treasurer: Thomas Drzewucki
Secretary: Gemma Fisher
Events Coordinator: Maia Martucci
Employment Officer: Jayka Bugay
PR / Webmaster: Raelene Morey
Committee Support Officer: Max Branchflower
Tasmania Rep: Rachel Stivicic
South Australia Reps: Sophie Thomas, Catherine Dunn, Amanda Gunawan
General Committee: Daniel Lim, Jennifer Swanton, Soon Lai Teoh, Trevor Talbot, Taylor Welsh, Vanessa Shen, Damian Fung, William Blakeley, Nick Papodopolous, Mandie Lee, Jaime Rice and Ben Holford.
- In 2011, we raised more than $5000 for the Red Cross to support victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
- In 2012, we launched Big Bento Lunch, a fundraising initiative designed to encourage participants to hold Japanese-style lunches and collect donation. We raised more than $15,000 for UNICEF.
- In 2013, we held Big Bento Lunch again and raised more than $7000 for the Save Minamisoma Project, which has delivered fresh food and clean drinking water to people living in temporary villages every two weeks since the 2011 disaster.
- In total since 2012, we have raised almost $31,000 for various local charities to help aid those affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.