It is essential that JET participants maintain good communication and work cooperatively with the members of their contracting organisations: supervisors, superiors and colleagues. However, in any international setting, from time to time difficulties and misunderstandings may arise.
Ibaraki Block Leaders
Block Leaders are appointed to help the Prefectural Advisors in ensuring the safety and well-being of the JETs in their respective regions, as well as to promote their areas through social gatherings. Ibaraki is divided into five “blocks” or regions, and each block has a designated “leader.”
Northern Block (県北): Sam C.
Central Block (県央): Ludo D.
Eastern Block (県東): Emily W.
Southern Block (県南): Casey G.
Western Block (県西): Karen M.
Kasama Block (笠間): Rowelanne S.
Certain ALTs, CIRs, and Japanese local government employees serve as prefectural advisors in each host prefecture/designated city and often work in the prefecture or designated city’s international affairs division or board of education. They can provide useful information for JET participants and contracting organisations, however JET participants should contact their contracting organisation before contacting a prefectural advisor.
Ibaraki Prefecture has four Prefectural Advisors:
- Jana Tomita (ALT/PA)
- Cassandra Walker (CIR/PA)
- Anthony Shima (CIR/PA)
- Eriko Iimura (JET Supervisor/Japanese PA)
Peer Support Group (PSG)
This group is not related to CLAIR, but it is a network of JET participant volunteers affiliated to National AJET. A member of the PSG is available at night from 20:00 to 07:00, 365 days a year. All calls are confidential and callers can remain anonymous. The phone number is 050-5534-5566. For free, confidential Skype calls to PSG, add the user “AJETPSG”. More information can be found on the PSG Wiki page.
Tokyo English Life Line (TELL)
TELL is a nonprofit organization that was created in 1973. It offers free and anonymous phone counselling and information at 03-5774-0992 daily from 9:00am to 11:00pm.
AJET Special Interest Groups (SIG)
In addition to the resources above, there are also a number of AJET Special Interest Groups for certain demographics. Visit the National AJET website for more information on how to contact the various SIGs.