Read student essays from the 2013 JET Memorial Invitation Program!

Thanks to Japan Foundation, student essays from the 2013 JET Memorial Invitation Program are now available for reading!:

If you know a high school student who would be interested in applying to the 2014 program, the deadline is April 16, 2014. For more information, visit:

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In July of 2013, 32 US high school students participated in the JET Memorial Invitational Program (JET-MIP). They travelled to Japan for a two week study tour of the Tohoku region, focusing on the cities of Rikuzentakata and Ishonomaki. These were the cities that Montgomery Dickson and Taylor Anderson were assigned during their tenure as JET Assistant Language Teachers. Sadly, they lost their lives during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March, 2011 and JET-MIP was created to commemorate their work. Participants took part in exchanges with local elementary, middle and high school students as well as local community groups with the purpose of fostering friendship and goodwill between both countries.

JETAANC helped to send off the 2011 participants, as reported here:

Article about 2012 program:

Photo slide shows of 2012 and 2013 programs:

2012 student essays:

2011 student essays: