Community Spotlight

Every month in Connect magazine, we feature members of the community who are doing things that are neat and noteworthy. Whether it’s creating something interesting or making a difference in the community, we want to give you a space to say, “Hey, this person is pretty cool.” After all, Connect is your community magazine! If you know someone you’d like to Spotlight in the pages of Connect, get in touch with us here.

Community Spotlight Articles

Spotlight: Kayla Potter, Kochi

Meet Kayla Potter, Block 8’s favorite American taishogoto player! Originally from Ohio, and now a third-year ALT teaching in Aki city, Kochi, Kayla has been playing the taishogoto for two . . .


Spotlight: Don Cortez, Aichi

Meet Don Cortez! Originally from Detroit, Michigan, he moved to Japan four and a half years ago to improve his Japanese, and deepen his understanding of Japanese culture. He’s currently . . .






January 2012 – Interview with Paul Yoo

Paul Yoo is a third year JET living in Yurihonjo, Akita. He laughingly calls himself ‘the 田舎 BABY’. He is the co-founder and director of volunteerAKITA, a grassroots charity organization that Akita JETs started up in response to the March 11th disaster in Tohoku. Read about his experiences here.

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November 2011 – Interview with Estelle Hebert

Estelle Hebert is a second year JET in Hiroshima City who recently visited Miyagi Prefecture as a tsunami-relief volunteer. Here, she stumbled upon Fukanoshi, a small, fishing village where locals were struggling to make a living after the natural disaster. Read about her experiences making a documentary to raise awareness and support the local fisherman.

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