JETAA Portland

What is JETAA?

JETAA is The JET Program Alumni Association, which was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by participants of the JET Program.

The JET Program (Japan Exchange Teaching Program), is run by the Japanese government and hires native English speakers from around the world to serve as Assistant Language Teachers (and also cultural ambassadors) in classrooms all around Japan, exposing their students to real spoken English and introducing them to other cultures. Some JETs are also hired as Coordinators for International Relations and work in city halls, helping to promote and cultivate friendly relationships between Japan and various countries around the world.

JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the program as well as foster community among former and new participants in the JET Program. As such, we serve not only former and prospective JETs, but our community as a whole, and we welcome everyone to join, whether you're connected to JET, part of the Japanese community, or just have an appreciation for Japan.

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Our Mission

1.  To provide a professional and social network for JET alumni;

2.  To serve as a resource to the Japanese Consulate of Portland in its recruitment and training of new JETs; and

3.  To promote international understanding on a local level through cultural exchange and community activities.

One of Many Chapters

Here at JETAA Portland, we are one of 19 local chapters across the United States under the umbrella of JETAA USA. Our chapter serves the entire JET community in the state of Oregon as well as the southern half of Idaho.

To learn more or get in contact with another JETAA chapter, visit JETAA USA's website here.


JETAA USA Chapters and Jurisdictions


    The greater Washington D.C. metro area, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

  • JETAA New York

    New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

  • New England JET Alumni Association

    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

  • Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association of the Southeast

    Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

  • JET Alumni Association of New Orleans

    Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi

  • Florida JETAA


  • JETAA Chicago

    Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana

  • Heartland JETAA

    North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri

  • Texoma JETAA

    Texas and Oklahoma

  • JETAA Rocky Mountain

    Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado

  • Pacific Northwest Japan Exchange and Teaching Alumni Association

    Washington State, Northern Idaho, and Montana

  • JET Alumni Association of Northern California

    Northern California and Nevada

  • JET Alumni Association of Southern California

    Southern California and Arizona

  • JETAA Hawaii


  • JET Alumni Association of Alaska


  • Great Lakes JETAA

    Michigan and Ohio

  • JET Alumni Association of Minnesota


  • Music City JETAA

    Tennessee and Kentucky