Join us to learn more about how your years on JET can help prepare you for a career in national and international service. These program engaging volunteers through nonprofit organizations and public agencies, to fulfill assignments in education, public safety, health care, and environmental protection. JET alumni will talk about their experiences applying to and participating in these programs and answer any questions.
Ariel is currently serving as the Community Coordinator and Project Manager for Gold Beach Main Street as a part of the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program, administered through the University of Oregon as an Americorps service program. Ariel has a B.A. in Linguistics and B.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching from the University of Oregon. They also have a Graduate Certificate in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University, gained while on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Originally from the small town of Winston, Oregon, Ariel spent 2014-2018 volunteering and teaching in Himi, Toyama on the JET Program and is looking forward to applying lessons learned from growing up, traveling, and working in rural communities during this service year in rural Oregon!
Mark holds a BA from Edinboro University, an MS from George Mason University, and an MA, International Christian University, Tokyo. He is currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Imago Dei middle school in Tucson, AZ. Mark is working in their Graduate and Family Support Services to develop new programs and partnerships to build capacity in the families of the Imago Dei school community. Mark has taught in Mexico, Japan (as an ALT in Nagasaki from 2000-04), and Bangladesh (as a WorldTeach volunteer at the Asian University for Women), and has partnered with various international education organizations in the US, China, Australia, and Thailand. In this webinar he will talk about AmeriCorps VISTA and WorldTeach.
To learn more about the school where Mark currently teaches, visit www.imagodeischool.org or download their general report: Imago Dei Middle School – General report fall 2018.
Elizabeth Sharpe (ALT in Aomori 2000-02) will talk about what led her to join the Peace Corps, what it was like volunteering as a teacher and teacher trainer in a rural community in Nepal, and how the experience was nothing short of transformational.