GAJET is your friendly Gunma JET community and support group. We are here to help make your time in Gunma as fulfilling as possible by bringing you information, connecting you to resources, and building a strong community that enjoys this beautiful prefecture to the fullest! We are the local chapter of AJET, the Association of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, and are 100% run by elected volunteer JETs just like you.
We also run the ultra-useful Gunma ALTs Facebook Page, which is perhaps the best way to stay up-to-date on local happenings and news. We’ve got a year of great events ahead and a community which we think is truly fantastic, so please pull up a chair and stay awhile! Don’t be a stranger, unless you are a wild Gunma bear or monkey, in which case, please do stay away.
2019 – 2020 GAJET Crew:
Ciara Lily Malone, President. Contact Ciara at [email protected]
Hello everyone! I’m Ciara and I’m a third year, Elementary School
JET in Yoshii, Takasaki. I had an incredible time being Seibu Rep last year, and am excited to continue on my GAJET journey as your shiny, new President! Our prefecture would be nothing without your participation and sense of community, so come out and join us at our various events throughout the year!From canyoning in Minakami to camping in the woods of Akagi Mountain, from skiing at the Kusatsu Resort to some healthy rivalry at this year`s Gunma Games,
there is always something to do in our amazing prefecture. Japan is an opportunity to get involved in a totally new environment, so take every moment that you can!
Try new things, travel new distances, learn a new language, and feel free to contact any of us at GAJET on the way. We`re here to help!
Camilla Webber, Vice-President. Contact Camilla at [email protected]
Howdily doodily neighbourinos! My name is Camilla and I`m from Glastonbury in the UK. I currently live in Fujioka City and I`m entering into my second year on JET. Gunma has its fair share of urban and rural, which provides the perfect
variety of places to visit and things to do.
In my spare time, I enjoy living an active lifestyle (whether that be running, swimming, hiking, or gym), travelling both inside and outside of Japan, and going to festivals (both music and Japanese matsuri). I also enjoy making the perfect cup of tea, ordering marmite off the internet, and practicing Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj`s Side to Side at hitori karaoke.I always need help cleaning my royal family memorabilia, so please don`t hesitate to get in touch! I`m looking forward to seeing faces old and new at our events this year. Come join us for a cold beer at RUF Fridays!
Alex Krause, Secretary. Contact Alex at [email protected]
Hello! My name is Alex. I’m from a small town in Pennsylvania, USA, but I’ve been living in Takasaki for 2 years now. This is also my second year as secretary for GAJET.
I’m the unofficial official Gunma hype girl. I spend a lot of free time exploring our prefecture and highlighting its various gems on social media. If you ever need some tips on where to go, or would want to go on an adventure together, hit me up! I still have some Jomo Karuta spots I haven’t been to yet!
When I’m not running around Gunma, you might find me studying Japanese, playing badminton, or going on mild hikes. Oh, and don’t forget eating yummy treats!
I’m looking forward to meeting you all soon. Best of luck as you settle into the cabbage patch, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help with anything!
Mathew Masters, Treasurer. Contact Mathew at [email protected]
Good Morning people. Im Mathew Masters, your Treasurer/ Money Man for GAJET. I expect you all to be paying up this year to save me time sending the debt collectors. I’m a Kiwi (from New Zealand) and just another Takasaki JET in my 3rd year.
My hobbies are mostly comprised of Magic and occasional bowling. If you’re keen to join for Magic let me know. I do enjoy hiking but I wont do that until the Autumn, Summer isn’t fair. Then comes winter when I’m really keen! I enjoy snowboarding and eating hot soups. However any season is a good season for beer, so lets enjoy Japan. I look forward to seeing familiar faces and new faces at events. This should be another good year for Gunma ALTs with some good people on the GAJET team.
Paige Adrian, Editor. Contact Paige at [email protected]
Hello! My name’s Paige and I come from a place that I love to make people pronounce: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This is my second year in Japan and my first year as your GAJET Editor. I’m excited to work with both old and new ALTs to share our best Gunma stories!
Feel free to send me your writing, photography, poetry, or art at any time. When I’m not bothering my junior high school students in Haruna, I’m usually playing badminton, eating too much ramen, or blasting music (within Japan’s noise regulations). I also love hiking, art, and movies, so if that’s your thing as well, hit me up! I can’t wait to see everyone at our GAJET events – let’s make this year count.
Alice Ridley, Webmaster. Contact Alice at [email protected]
Kia Ora! My name is Alice Ridley. I will be your webmaster for GAJET this year! I hail from a small country that is often left off maps – New Zealand! Yes, we are a real country proven by the incredible three kiwis represented in GAJET this year. We may be small, but we are mighty!
I am on my second year teaching JHS & ES in my second home of Fujioka. When Alice-sensei is off the clock I like getting involved in my local community or finding hidden gems of nature in my area. Like a lot of my committee members I love hiking in Gunma! It’s an excellent way to socialise with the other members of the cabbage patch and keep on top of your mental health! I love connecting people together with their passions so please don’t hesitate to ask for my help in the coming year! Good luck and always wear sunscreen.
Valerie Landers, Seibu Rep. Contact Valerie at [email protected]
Hi everyone! My name is Valerie. I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, in the Washington, DC area. Now I live in Tomioka and I’m starting my fourth year as a senior high school ALT.
I’m basically a tropical houseplant, thriving in the sun and warm temps both Fahrenheit and Celsius. I love languages and linguistics and enjoy jigsaw puzzles and amateur hiking. My favorite Gunma adventures are fireworks, gardens, cafes, and mountains . My mission is to show the world how awesome Gunma is, and make it more accessible to my fellow Gunma JETs. This year I get to showcase Seibu goodness as Seibu Rep! Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming events! Welcome to Gumma!
Chris Sept, Chubu Rep. Contact Chris at [email protected]
Hello! My name is Sept, like September but shorter. However, despite my best efforts I was born in August. That’s fine though, as it makes me a Leo. And this little ball of Limelight left Portland, Oregon and is starting his 3rs year as the ALT for Maebashi Girls High School. I had never taught before, but jumping in head first is sort of my style. If it is yours too, we should meet and compare notes. I might be able to ease some of your concerns.
When I am not juggling speech and debate contests, you can see me tagging along with other JETs to festivals and events. I love learning about the lore and trivia of a place. It helps for inspiration when you spend most of your free time writing. I am working on a killer Tomioka Silk Mill Steampunk AU.
I look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you. This is gonna be an adventure, trust me. Take it at your own pace, remember to drink water, and good luck.
Linka Wade, Tone/Agatsuma Rep. Contact Linka at [email protected]
Hello! I`m Linka Wade and I`m the Agatsuma-Tone Regional Rep
this year. I`m from Monterey, California (NorCal > SoCal) and I live
with my husband, and two guinea pigs in the middle of a rice paddy.I am a second year ALT at two very tiny and rural schools.
In my year of living here, I’ve fallen in love with the area and our community here. I can`t wait to share that love with incoming JETs and help to bring those in the Tone/Agatsuma region closer together (even though we’re usually pretty far apart). I enjoy cooking, hiking, dragging my husband out on adventures, and (luckily) not planning a wedding anymore! Yey! I`m excited to represent these two wonderful regions this year. Welcome to Gunma!
Aidan Koch, Tobu Rep. Contact Aidan at [email protected]
Kitty Houchen, General Committee. Contact Kitty at [email protected]
Hey everyone, my name is Kitty. I’m a second year JET from New Zealand, living in Kanra-Machi.
I love film and theatre, and anything art-related. I’m currently working on improving my Japanese, and enjoying all the wonderful opportunities that Gunma and Japan have to offer. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy exploring new parts of Japan, travelling overseas, and discovering new restaurants. Keep an eye out on the Gunmajet instagram for the おすすめ series for the best eateries in the region!
I’m looking forward to meeting and sharing the best of the cabbage patch with all of you. Enjoy the summer, it can be dreadful, but you’ll get through it and into Autumn – the best season in Gunma!
See the 2018-2019 crew here.
See the 2017-2018 crew here.