OkiAJET Election Nominations 2019

Here are our nominees and their bios for this years OkiAJET elections

Position: OkiAJET Chair

Nominee 1: Petra Harrypersad

Haitai OkiAJET members! I am Petra and I hope to serve as OkiAJET Chair for 2019-2020 year. I’ve served as OkiAJET’s treasurer for the past year and as a general member before that for 2 years, so essentially, I’ve been involved with OkiAJET since I moved to Okinawa. I’ve been involved with the organization for the past 3 years; this allowed me to fully understand the roles and responsibilities of the organization. There’s always something new to be learnt at every event hosted by OkiAJET. The responsibilities as Treasurer allowed me to become more open- minded and expect the unexpected at times, because things can become quite unpredictable for big events but I was able to face the challenges head on together with the hard-working OkiAJET team! 

As Chair, I would like to continue to assist the OkiAJET team to organize fun, innovative and awesome events for the OkiJET community, providing any support necessary to help us all have the most memorable experiences. My goals for the next year are to encourage nee members to join OkiAJET, to encourage the community to participate and contribute to events whether it is just for fun or professional development. We can all contribute to together as a community to learning more and more about Okinawa and I would like to continue to help build our knowledge and experiences. I am looking forward to working with OkiAJET for the next year.

Nominee 2: Samantha Kwok

Hi, I’m Samantha and I’m running for OkiAJET Chair. I’m currently a second year JET going into my third year. I’ve held an active role in AJET and I hope to continue that next year as Chair.

I really enjoy planning events and activities, and have enjoyed doing so this year. I’m timely with correspondences and communication, and currently run the OkiJET Instagram. I hope that with my experience and my involvement in the JET community, I can continue making the JET experience in Okinawa an enjoyable one for incoming and current JETs.

Position: Treasurer

Nominee: Jase Stewart

The reason why I want to nominate myself for this position is because I have 2 years accounting experience at university. I’m good with numbers and have written many financial statements within my uni/personal life. I also pride myself on showing integrity and being an honest person. Additionally, I have good interpersonal communication skills as I am a member of Toastmasters. That is all.

Positions: Event Coordinators (2)

Nominee: Monica Aguilar-Scion

Aloha Everyone! 😀 \mn/

I hope you’re all enjoying your summer!
On that note, as we are quickly approaching the start of the new JET year and the beginning of my second year here on the JET program, I’ve definitely had that itch of wanting to get more involved with our unique JET community. As of now, the only type of community service that I participate in outside of the school setting is that I am part of the U. S. Embassy’s Warden program and I also play the Viola in the Okinawa Symphony Orchestra; however, I definitely feel that I can be more of use to our OkiJET community by building upon my previous experiences as an event coordinator for the American Mortar Board Senior Honor Society chapter at my university and also for the Department of Perioperative Surgery at the Pediatric Hospital that I worked at in Hawaii. Thus, the position I feel I am most qualified in running for is the role of Event Coordinator. I have acquired a vast amount of experience in coordinating events for mid to larger groups of people that I feel will help to guide me in this role. The most important events that I have ever coordinated and stands out the most is my March 14, 2015 “3.1415 Pi Day” wedding and my son Tristan’s 250-guest 1st Birthday Luau Party in July 2016. Entirely alone, I planned my 120-guest wedding in only two months and coordinated everything from decorations to layout, wedding invitations, photography and videography vendors, setting up military base passes, entertainment, hotel accommodation, butterfly release, and food selection while checking for any dietary restrictions, etc all while I was 5-7 months pregnant. This was also completed while sticking to a strict budget of $20,000. Furthermore, my expertise is definitely in developing meaningful, close human connections and also in relationship building through establishing good rapport with anyone I meet. I highly enjoy going out and exploring new places and learning about new things. To date, I have about 200+ favorited places that I have pinned in Okinawa on my Google maps and I hope to be able to share them with the OkiJet community!! 🙂 As our community consists of many walks of life, I definitely want to make sure that events planned are those that are friendly to all OkiJets :). Thanks so much and Nife-Debiru!

Nominee: Cheyenne Vaughn

Hello! My name is Cheyenne. I’m a 1st year (soon to be 2nd year) from the corn-filled countryside of the United States. I’m a Municipal JET who works at an elementary school in Nakagusuku.
When arriving in Okinawa, I was worried about meeting people and finding a community. Luckily, there were events and opportunities that helped to ease my worries and OkiAJET had a large hand in making this possible. Due to this, I soon realized that I wanted to be a part of something that would not only make new JETs, but current ones as well feel like a part of the community!
As an Event Coordinator, my hope is to make opportunities for everyone to feel welcomed and wanted in this community. I think that with my open-mindedness, resting happy face, and determination to make others feel included, I would be a great new addition to the council. In addition, I hope that by being on OkiAJET, I can encourage more Muni JETs to participate on the council and in events in the future.

Positions: Representatives (2)

Nominee: Harshvir Bali

Hey guys, my name is a little Harsh (geddit?) to pronounce, but I’m sure you’ll get it. I’m running for the position of o̶v̶e̶r̶l̶o̶r̶d̶ Representative of the OkiAJET in the main island. Originally from India, and then Canada, I now live in Okinawa City, but work in Ginowan. My hobbies include art, listening to music, camping, hiking, and cooking. I look forward to being able to work with some amazing ALTs in Okinawa, and am eager to become involved with some great future island events.

Nominee (Outer Island): Ashley DeLuca

Heyo, my name is Ashley and I’m a first year from the States. I’m pretty into photography and discovering new music, and I spend a ton of time outdoors so sunscreen is my most valued possession.

After living in Miyakojima for the past year, I understand well both the struggles and privileges that come along with life as an outer islander. In the Outer Island Rep position, it would be my goal to provide a voice to those whose needs are different than the main islanders. I hope to do so by raising awareness about Outer Island events as well as showcasing the lives and daily experiences of the Outer Island JETs on the website and through social media.

Thanks, I’m bad at writing these things.

OkiAJET Elections 2019 – 2020 [Nominations CLOSED]


In early June, OkiAJET will be holding elections for the 2019-2020 year. Start thinking about running if you are interested! You can learn more about the different roles and responsibilities you can check it out on this website. Also, if you know someone would be a good candidate for a position, think about nominating them! Nominations will begin in mid-May. Nominations and voting for the Representative positions are open to all!

Election Structures and Timelines

OkiAJET elections are held in May/June for the forthcoming OkiAJET year. The Representatives are responsible for overseeing both the internal and external election.

The elected positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Event Coordinators are held internally within the OkiAJET council. Interested candidates must write a short statement stating how they would best fill the role of the position they are running for.

The election for the Representative positions is open to all OkiJETs. Prior experience volunteering with OkiAJET is not required. Candidates are required to write a short bio about themselves and what they hope to bring to OkiAJET if they are elected. All current JETS are encouraged to vote for two Representatives from the pool of candidates they feel would best serve the community. This year we are hoping to include more outer island representation so we encourage outer islanders to apply.

OkiAJET Pension Party 2019 (Farewell Party) [Registration OPEN]

istockphoto-835562422-612x612When: When: Friday, July 5th 2019, 6pm – 2am
Where: Miyagi Island in Uruma
Cost: Leavers/ Outer Islanders 2000; Re-contractors: 2500; at the door: 3000
Food: snacks and breakfast provided (for overnighters)
Alcohol: BYOB
Sleeping Arrangements: You can stay over for the evening (BYOfuton)

As the JET year comes to a close, we bring you our (second) most anticipated event of the year, the Farewell Pension Party! Now many of you new JETs have not experienced a pension party yet as we usually have it right after SDC in November, however due to scheduling conflicts, we decided to forego the fall pension party. 

As previously done, this Pension Party will be located on Miyagi Island in Uruma. Please see the pin for directions. This is the same pension we have used in the past. At the pension (read: beach house) you can relax and unwind. Feel free to chat about how great air conditioning is, have a few beverages, chill with like-minded people, or just party the night away.

Online Registration Available:


We will provide snacks for the night and breakfast the next morning for those who stay the night. We recommend eating dinner before you arrive. If you have any dietary needs please shoot your reps, Shuaib or Chris Bell, a message.

BYOB. OKIAJET will provide some non-alcoholic beverages

Sleeping Arrangements: 
There are some futons at the pension but please bring one if you have one. We want to leave the futons at the pension for outer islanders and anyone who doesn’t have one.


PAYMENT AND FURIKOMI (bank transfer) について:
Leavers / Outer Islanders: 2000円
Re-contractors: 2500円
At the door: 3000円

If for some reason you can’t furikomi, please contact Petra by June 30th and we can work something out.

Please use the links below if you need help furikomi-ing:

Okinawa Ginko

Ryukyu Ginko

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Lastly, if you drink, absolutely DON’T drive.

Hope to see you all there!

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Party & Adventure OkiJET Style! [JUNE Event]

Tataki+FallsWhen: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
Where: Orion Happy Park (Start)
Cost: Free

Haisai OKiJETs!

An adventure awaits you in the North of the South. Bring your smiling faces to our June event!  Our adventure begins with a tour of the Orion Beer Factory in Nago. Afterwards, we’ll drive even further north to go explore Taataki, a beautiful waterfall nestled in Ogimi that’s is absolutely worth the watery hike. To bring our adventure full circle, we’ll all meet up again in Nago at Seikinomori beach, to enjoy a festive bonfire and drink cold ones underneath the clear starry skies.

Come out and make some great memories with us this June before our final otsukare!! RSVP on the facebook page.

1:00PM: Orion Beer Factory tour
2:00PM: Carpool to Taataki:
2:30PM~4:30PM: explore Taataki falls
~4:30PM: Grab Dinner
~6:00PM: Bonfire at beach (BYOB)


**In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled or another event will be in place instead**

Ice Skating in Summer?! [Finished]


What: Ice Skating and other fun
When: Saturday, May 18th
: Southern Hill Sports World
[Admission Fees+rental skates]
Adult: 1700 yen
Observing (watching but not skating): 300 yen
Group of 10~: 1500 yen
Group of 20 w/reservation: 1400 yen
Gloves: 500 yen (mandatory to wear, so bring your own or buy cheaper ones beforehand)

May’s OkiAJET event has been decided: Ice skating at Southern Hill Sports World!

[Tentative Schedule]
12:00 Meet up at Southern Hill Sports World for ice skating, and if time allows, bowling, batting cage, table tennis, billiards, bedrock bath, etc.
2:00 Go eat lunch together somewhere nearby

Whether it’s your first time skating, or you’re aspiring to be the next Yuzuru Hanyu, come out and have fun with us in the cold!

Here is the event’s tentative schedule:

All prices and info on ice skating and other facilities can be found on their English and Japanese website, but generally for ICE SKATING:

[Admission Fees+rental skates] 
Adult: 1700 yen
Observing (watching but not skating): 300 yen
Group of 10~: 1500 yen
Group of 20 w/reservation: 1400 yen
Gloves: 500 yen (mandatory to wear, so bring your own or buy cheaper ones beforehand)

Safety wise, they ask that you wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Wearing gloves is mandatory.
Helmets are free to rent and is recommended for first time skaters.

For those who are itching to go BOWLING before or after lunch:

400 yen per game
300 yen for rental shoes

For info on the other facilities (batting cage, table tennis, billiards, bedrock bath), check out their website.


Gumball Rally 2019!!! [Finished]

With the Gumball finished, we are pleased to announce the winners this year!

Gumball Winners 2019

1st place: The Juicy Fruit Detectives
Charity of choice: Hearts for Okinawa

In first place this year, with two defending champions on the team, The Juicy Fruit Detectives have secured their place in OkiAJET history!

GUmball 2nd place 2019

2nd place: Gumbi Gumbos

With amazing efforts and spirit, the Gumbi Gumbos came in close!

Gumball 3rd place 2019

3rd place: Ryukyu Park

And finally, in third place are the amazing Ryukyu Park!

Thank you for coming out and making this event successful!!


When: 09:45 – 17:00, Saturday (土), April 13th, 2019
Where (start): Starbucks in American Village
Who: groups of 2-4 people (min. 2/ max. 4) [registration information coming soon]
Cost: ¥1000/ person
*All proceeds from this rally will be donated to charity of winner’s choice*

Looking for teams? Check out the official OkiJETs Facebook Page


Sakura Viewing & Cabin Retreat [Finished]


Haisai OkiJETs!

Cherry blossom season is upon us and in Okinawa, they bloom the earliest in January. Every year, Nago kicks off the season with the Nago Cherry Blossom Festival. Normally, we gather a group of y’all for a day trip to the festival but this year, we are doing a cabin retreat.

When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – Sunday January 27th, 2019
Where: Nakijin, Okinawa
Cost (SPECIAL OkiAJET DISCOUNT): ¥700 for Cabin/ per person

Itoman Peace Illumination [Finished]


Hello OkiFam! Winter is here, and what better way to celebrate the season than by going to see illuminations!

Important Information about venue

Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 – Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019
Time: Opens at 17:30; illumination 18:00-22:00 (until 24:30 on Dec. 31)
Place: Uchina Farm (1018 Mabuni, Itoman City)
Admission: 500 yen for high school students and over; free for junior high school students and under

Website Source 

Instagram OkiAJET Pin Giveaway [Finished]

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Congratulations to our winner ReBekha at lulu.lullabies!

OkiAJET PinThe rules are simple:
1. Make sure you are following the OkiAJET Instagram page
2. Like the pin photo
3. Tag 2 friends in the comments to increase your chances to win

Winners will be announced Friday, December 21st, 5pm JST

Thank you to all those who have followed and liked our photos!!