Aloha! My name is Beau Mueller (Miyazaki-ken, 2009-11) and I am the founder of JETProgram.ME – a new unofficial community site catering to those in all stages of the JET process. With the site, we are hoping to be able to help promote the positive qualities of the JET Programme and of JETs, while fostering a sense of community and facilitating exchange. Being quite fed up with some of the other JET community sites that can be snarky and downright unpleasant, we put together the site aiming for it to be a diverse, friendly, productive and useful resource.
To kickstart the site, we have put together an essay contest for current, former and prospective JETs. Basically, writers have to put together a 400-800 word essay on one of the given topics. After submitting the essay, the goal is to get as many Facebook likes as possible. The writers who get the most likes will win cash prizes (first place is $150).
I hope many of JETwit’s readers will consider participating. The current deadline to pick a topic is 11:59 PM on June 30th, JST. That said, if you are interested in the contest, it is highly recommended you pick your topic soon! Currently, only about 10 people are signed up, so there are lots of great topics left to choose from.
If you are at all interested in or have questions about the site or contest, check out the links below or feel free to contact me at contact (at) jetprogram.me. Note that I am in Hawaii and timing might be a little funny ;)