Senpai-Kohai Pub Night

Our annual Senpai-Kohai Pub Night is upon us. It's a prime time to get the real wisdom from the JET alumni who have gone before you. It's not just the alcohol, but also great advice that will pour out freely, as you prepare to embark on your Japan journey! Of course non-alcoholic delicious beverages and great pub food will also be enjoyed.

Current JET Alumni, put on your best senpai smile (or smirk) and see off the starry-eyed out-going JET's.

The pub night will be held immediately following the out-going JET Orientation on Sunday, July 15th at the Earl of Sussex (431 Sussex Dr.) at 4:30pm.

Stay tuned for the Facebook page shortly.

Who?: Outgoing 2018 JET Participants and JET Alumni
Date: Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Time: 4:30pm onwards
Where:  at the Earl of Sussex (431 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M6, Canada)

2017 JET Alumni sending their kohai off on their Japan adventure


JETAA Ottawa is looking for 2 delegates to travel to the JETAA Canada National Conference in Winnipeg from August 10-12th. Airfare and hotel to be reimbursed. Must be JET Alumnus to be eligible. Interested candidates should should attend the next monthly meeting on Tues. July 3rd at 5:45pm at Bridgehead coffee shop (109 Bank St.) and present a compelling argument in support of their selection.!

Hope to see you there.


To all new JET participants! The JET Survival Cooking Class at the Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) is coming up! It’s closed to outgoing JETs (apologies to any community members). We plan to have about 4-5 food stations which are led by alumni, and introduce how to make easy Japanese dishes such as onigiri, miso soup, curry rice, etc, to familiarize yourself with your new food reality when you arrive in Japan.
Who?: Outgoing 2018 JET Participants (and volunteer JET Alumni)
Date: Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC) (252 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R3, Canada)
Hope to see you there!

Knifewear, Ottawa, ON

Get excited, it's drawing nearer! We are pleased to announce Knifewear as a supporter of this year's annual Natsu Matsuri event, a celebration of Japanese culture and the summer season. Come and join us and enjoy a variety of tasty food, watch performers such as dancers, musicians and martial-artists, and discover Japanese culture with our many exhibitor booths.

This year`s performers and participating organizations will be updated in the months leading up to the event, so please check back on the website or social media to stay informed of all the exciting fun.

Date: Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Time: 11am - 4pm
Location: Marion Dewer Plaza City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1)

We`re looking forward to seeing you there!



After many months of JET’s long application process, this year’s departing JETs have finally received their results! Do you remember when you got yours before departing on JET? Now that you’ve been there and lived to tell the tale, you can be an invaluable resource for the next group of JETs!

The JETAA Ottawa Senpai-Kohai Program aims to match departing JETs with JET Alumni who have similar locations, backgrounds or interests. If you are a JET Alumni (a former JET Programme participant) and if you are interested, sign up by filling out the form below and we will send you and your assigned kohai an introduction email.

Sign Up Link for for Senpai's (JETAA Alumni) 

Please note that Kohai will have the opportunity to sign up soon, and will be given the Sign Up Link for Kohai directly.

For questions or more information, please contact the event coordinator at