What is JETAA International?

The JET Programme Alumni Association (JETAA) an Alumni Association created in 1989 to strengthen and maintain the bonds of friendship developed between JET Programme participants and Japan. The purpose of JETAA is to promote through its activities a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the countries participating on the JET Programme. The JET Alumni Association has approximately 53,000 alumni from the 20 years for the JET Programme. Nearly 23,000 alumni are now registered to the some 52 regional Chapters located across 17 countries and we believe this is the largest growing alumni association in the world. We are now seeing second generation JETs (participants whose parents went on the JET Programme) joining the Alumni on their return from Japan.

JETAA Chapters play an important role in the promotion of Japan in their region in the form of social events related to Japan, orientations for new participants of the JET Programme, support for newly returning JETs and promotion of Japan and the JET Programme in their local communities.

JETAA International provides a central point of communication, facilitates exchange of resources, knowledge and talent, and helps promote the JET Programme and alumni Chapters around the world. To see our list of chapters worldwide please CLICK HERE


As the largest global exchange alumni association, the JETAA International draws on its diverse membership to maintain and strengthen the relationship that JETs have with Japan as they leave the position of ALT, CIR, SEA.  In addition, the JETAA International aims to enhance and strengthen the ties amongst the people of Japan with and the participant countries of the JET Programme.


  • JETAA-I facilitates the sharing of resources across Chapters, ensuring that JET Programme participants benefit from the wealth of experience that JETAA members can offer.
  • JETAA-I helps to promote and develop the JET Programme as many of the alumni Chapters help in the recruitment, selection and orientation of newly selected JETS before they arrive in Japan.
  • JETAA-I harnesses the talents and experience of its diverse membership to benefit Japan through grassroots internationalization .