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JETAA USA National Conference

September 8-10, 2023 | Monterey, CA

The JETAA USA National Conference ("NatCon") is an annual gathering of representatives from all 19 US chapters of the Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Program Alumni Association USA, as well as affiliate institutions and partners, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR) / Japan Local Government Center (JLGC), USJETAA, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and others.

 

First organized in 2002, NatCon has been hosted by a different JETAA USA chapter each year until transitioning to a virtual format in 2020. This is the first year of resuming in-person conference activities since the pandemic. Entirely volunteer-led, JET Alumni Associations assist in the recruitment and training of new JET participants, work to strengthen US-Japan relations and cultural exchange in their local communities, and support JET alumni after they return home. NatCon serves as a critical networking and professional development event for chapter leaders and members to discuss challenges, celebrate successes, find inspiration, and explore opportunities for collaboration.

JETAANC is very excited to partner with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey to host the in-person portions of NatCon in Monterey, September 8-10 (Fri-Sun).

Registration & Participation

  • JETAA USA Chapter Central - Information for official JETAA chapter delegates & affiliate institution representatives.

  • Virtual NatCon Registration - Most sessions will be available in a hybrid format. Online participation is open to all JET alumni and Friends of JET. 

  • In-Person NatCon Registration - Certain sessions, as well as social activities, will be open to JET alumni who are interested in joining in-person. Capacity varies depending on the venue and activity. Jump down to preview the schedule or click the button below to view available sessions and register.

Logistics & Resources

Getting to Monterey

The easiest way to get to Monterey from the San Francisco Bay Area is the Monterey Airbus, which departs regularly from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and San Jose International Airport (SJC). You do not need to fly into either airport to book a shuttle. Round-trip transportation is less than $120 if booked online. Select the Monterey Shuttle Station (438 Calle Principal) as your destination to be dropped off within walking distance to MIIS. 

Getting Around

  • Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) - Local busses with extensive routes across the peninsula; $2 for a 2-hour pass, or $6 for a day pass

  • Uber / Lyft - Both ride share services are active in Monterey. We recommend booking rides in advance given the number of people who will be in town for the weekend.

  • Yellow Cab - Can be booked by phone (831-333-1234) or via RapidRide (online | Android App | Apple App)

Bike Rentals

The Coastal Recreation Trail is a popular and incredibly scenic way to get around the Monterey Peninsula. The Asilomar-Monterey route can be anywhere from 3 to 5.6 miles (depending on how scenic you want it to be) and takes about 25-30 minutes. The route is mostly flat with some gentle inclines; most of the distance is along the paved recreation trail, with the initial couple miles on Ocean View Blvd (there is a bike lane).

  • Workhorse Bicycles ($42/2-days for regular bike) - Good option if you want to rent for the whole conference. They are within walking distance to MIIS in downtown Monterey.

  • Asilomar Gift Shop ($40 per bike, must be returned by sundown)

  • Adventures by the Sea ($85/day for e-bike, $50 for regular bike) - Several locations along the coastal recreation trail and many modes of transportation to choose from.

About the Monterey Bay Area

About the Monterey Peninsula
The Monterey Peninsula anchors the northern portion on the Central Coast of California and consists of Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach. California State Route 1 is the major north-south highway that runs through the Monterey Peninsula. 

Learn more about Monterey and its history:

About Asilomar
Widely known as Monterey Peninsula’s “refuge by the sea”,  Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds is made up of 107 acres of ecologically diverse beachfront land. You can walk out to the Asilomar State Beach, where you can explore the Asilomar Coast Trail, Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Many of the original buildings at Asilomar were designed by architect Julia Morgan, and you can join a self-guided walking tour to explore the architecture and history of Asilomar. 

 

Find out more on their website: www.visitasilomar.com

Schedule Overview

Schedule subject to change up-to and during the conference

[Early Arrivals] Thursday, September 7
Time
Session Title
Location
Format
In-Person Participation
6:00 PM
Early Arrival Dinner
Monterey
In-Person
Unlimited (registration required)
9:00 AM
Optional / Self-Guided Activities
Monterey
In-Person
Unlimited
[Day 1] Friday, September 8 -  Introduction to MIIS & Monterey
Time
Session Title
Location
Format
In-Person Participation
Morning
Delegate Arrival
Monterey
In-Person
1:00 PM
Attendee Check-In
MIIS Campus
In-Person
1:30 PM
MIIS Introduction & Campus Tour
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
3:30 PM
Japan-Monterey History
JACL Heritage Center
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
6:00 PM
USJETAA Reception
Asilomar
In-Person
Official delegates only
7:30 PM
Optional Nijikai & Social Activities in Asilomar
Asilomar
In-Person
Unlimited (RSVP recommended)
[Day 2] Saturday, September 9 - Professional Development & Networking
Time
Session Title
Location
Format
In-Person Participation
9:00 AM
Welcome Remarks
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
9:30 AM
Keynote - Alumni as Ambassadors: The Influence of JETAA in US-Japan Relations
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
10:40 AM
Careers Panel Discussion
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
11:50 AM
Remarks from Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
12:00 PM
Lunch Reception for Recent JET Returnees
MIIS Campus
In-Person
Consulate guests & official delegates only
1:00 PM
Senpai-Kohai Exchange
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
2:00 PM
[Engage] Language Professions & Pedagogy Roundtable
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
2:00 PM
[Sustain] Dormancy & (Re)Starting Chapters
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
2:00 PM
[Train] JETAAMC Bouncing Back from the Pandemic
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
3:00 PM
[Engage] Creating Community Connections and Chapter Legacy Programs
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
3:00 PM
[Sustain] Addressing Chapter Leadership Burnout
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
3:00 PM
[Engage] Understanding & Engaging with Your Japan America Society
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
3:00 PM
[Train] Connecting & Engaging Members with Discord
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
4:00 PM
[Engage] Sister City Collaborations
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
4:00 PM
[Train] AJET - Connecting with Current JETs in Japan
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
4:00 PM
[Sustain] Moving Towards a Committee Based Board Structure
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Limited (registration required)
5:00 PM
Day 2 Wrap -Up & Day 3 Preview
MIIS Campus
Hybrid
Official delegates only
6:00 PM
CLAIR Reception
Asilomar
In-Person
Official delegates only
7:30 PM
Optional Nijikai & Social Activities in Monterey
Monterey
In-Person
Unlimited (RSVP recommended)
[Day 3] Sunday, September 10 - JETAA Leadership*

*Sessions will be limited to official on-site delegates and online participants.

Time
Session Title
Location
Format
In-Person Participation
9:00 AM
International Representative Presentations
Asilomar
Hybrid
Official delegates & online attendees only
9:30 AM
JETAA USA Chapter Council Session
Asilomar
Hybrid
Official delegates & online attendees only
11:30 AM
Conference Reflection & Closing
Asilomar
Hybrid
Official delegates & online attendees only
12:00 PM
CLAIR Departure Lunch
Asilomar
In-Person
Official delegates only
1:00 PM
Post-Conference Optional / Self-Guided Activities
Monterey
In-Person
Unlimited
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