Cheryl Hou

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Pacific Northwest JETAA (US-11)

Activities and Qualifications

  • Attended Regional Membership Conference in Atlanta: 2016
  • Assisted Great Lakes Chapter with the planning of the 2015 JETAA USA National Conference in Detroit, Michigan.
  • Executive Advisory Board: 2010 – Present
  • 2014 JETAA USA National Conference Coordinator: 2014
  • Coordinator for the 2014 JETAA USA National Conference in Seattle
  • Attended the JETAA USA National Conferences: 2012 – Present
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA President: 2012 – 2014
  • Attended National Conferences in Minneapolis (2013) and San Francisco (2012)
  • Transitions Career Forum + Networking Expo Coordinator: 2013
  • JET Program Candidate Interviewer: 2012, 2016
  • JET Program Pre-Departure Orientation Presenter: 2009 – Present
  • Pacific Northwest JETAA Vice President: 2011-2012
  • Social & Volunteer Coordinator: 2009 – 2011
  • Attended Regional Technology Conference in Portland: 2010
  • Toyama Regional Coordinator: 2007-2008
  • AJET Library Coordinator for Toyama Prefecture: 2006 – 2008
  • Assistant Language Teacher in Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture: 2005 – 2008
  • Works closely with Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle in promoting the JET Program and various other initiatives at the local level
  • Work with Japanese-American and Japanese community groups in strengthening the relationship between Japan and the USA

After the first year of being a Country Representative, I can say that I came into this knowing the bare minimum and sometimes felt like I was flying by the seat of my pants. In the course of a year, I feel like I’ve learned so much and have shared as much of my passion as humanly (and inhumanly) possible, for JETAA USA, the JET Program, and Japan.

With all that said, there are a number of key projects that I would want to continue to work on for the 2016 and 2017 year.

2015 was a historical year for JETAA USA, as the official non-profit organization of USJETAA was established. The first tentative steps of utilizing the official group came into fruition with the 2016 Regional Conference in Atlanta, who was able to obtain key funding via the vehicle of USJETAA. This is incredibly exciting, as it opens up Chapters and our conferences to new possibilities that would have previously been difficult to access.

With JETAA International planting its roots for an official return and the potential of JETAA USA and USJETAA partnerships, this is an incredible time to be a Country Representative and something I’d like to continue on for a second year. I would want to continue the focus of building further national capacity and working with my fellow Country Representatives in future cross-Chapter collaborations, as well as working with other international Country Representatives and creating

For my second year as JETAA USA Country Representative, I have three main goals:

  1. Lessening the burden of hosting National Conference for JETAA USA Chapters. 2015 was the first year that the planning of National Conferences included the JETAA USA Country Representatives in a concrete and visible way; we would like continue this trend and work in establishing a sustainable plan where Country Representatives work with hosting Chapters in the planning and the execution of each year’s JETAA USA National Conference. This would lessen the pressure and burden that each year’s host Chapter would incur, and allow for smaller Chapters in non-urban areas a way to host.
  2. Utilizing USJETAA to the benefit of JETAA USA Chapters. With the goal of the JETAA Initiative accomplished and USJETAA incorporated, our future focus is in creating paths where JETAA Chapters and USJETAA can work together and create fruitful collaborations, such as the 2015 and 2016 JETAA USA Regional Conferences..
  3. Promoting and creating more country-wide initiatives for Chapters to support and unify behind. Throughout the last couple of years, there have been tremendous initiatives created from the ground such as JETs Rally for Tohoku, Tohoku Tomo and the 113 Project. An incredible amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm has been poured into these efforts. There is room for developing additional support from the JETAA USA community and ensuring that those efforts are fully supported.


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