Alumni Spotlight: Xander Peterson (Miyakonojo City, Miyazaki)

Hey everyone! I’m Xander Peterson, your friendly neighborhood JET alumnus. I’m originally from sunny Santa Cruz, California, and currently live and work in San Francisco. I’ve been pretty active in the JET alumni community and have held a number of positions related to JET since I returned from JET in 2012.

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Alumni Spotlight: Eden Law (Iwaki, Fukushima)

I’m Eden, and I’m from Sydney Australia (though originally born in Malaysia). I’m currently serving as the webmaster of both my local JETAANSW chapter and JETAAI (International). Before that, I served as a Chapter President, and Country Representative for Australia. So to call me a JET otaku (JET-taku?) wouldn’t be too inaccurate.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ashlie O`Neill (Hyogo)

Hi there, I am Ashlie O’Neill, but almost everyone calls me Ash (unless I am in trouble). I am the child of a father in the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) and as a result, I have grown up in multiple locations mainly Adelaide and Sydney. As a kid, sometimes it was hard to move schools but lucky for me, I am a twin so I never had to do it alone and also as a result of moving so much (I have lived in more than 14 houses/apartments), home is not a physical place but the people in a place which made my life in Japan much easier.

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Alumni Spotlight: Ryan Hata (Tottori, 2014-2017)

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan Hata. I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. I’ve also lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tottori. I currently live and work in New York City. Additionally, I loved my time on JET, so I volunteer as an alumni when I can. I currently help Steven Horowitz manage JETwit, am the JET Alumni Association New York Membership and Career Development Chair, and am also on the Board of Advisors for JETAA International.

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