TEFL Jobs in Japan
Doing a TEFL job in Japan is an incredible experience. Finding a teaching job in Japan there can be tricky, and the TEFL job market is very competitive; however, we have you covered with our fully supported 12-month contracts in the Land of the Rising Sun!
Experience the many delights that Japan has to offer – from the many wonderful customs and traditions of its ancient past to the legend of the Geisha and the STUNNING cherry blossoms.
Bring your hiking boots to Japan; the fantastic mountain ranges around the Kanto region are just one reason why Japan is one of the most captivating countries in the world. Our 120 hour TEFL course will make sure you hit the classroom full of confidence.
What makes this job more surprising is that you have such a big choice of areas around Japan to teach!
TEFL experience requirements
- Native English speaker
- Passport holder from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
- Successful completion of a bachelors degree or higher
- TEFL qualified (included)
- Be adaptable to teaching all ages and all levels of students
- Have a hard work ethic, enthusiasm, flexibility and an open mind to a new culture!
How it works?
Before you go, you’ll have an application form to complete. Once you submit all your documents and get accepted, you’ll be on your way to Japan!
Other details to be aware of once you are accepted:
- The visa process will be a lot easier if the TEFL certificate states the 120 hours on
the actual document.
- Your passport should be valid for at least six months.
- Degrees need to be in English so if it is in Latin then you would need to get a translation.
- All documents should be in colour. Black and white papers are not accepted.
What do you need to organise once accepted?
- International flights: You’ll need return flights (can be two one-way)
- Police check: You’ll need a clean criminal record – our partners will supply you with the documentation
- Health check: You’ll need to provide a health statement – our partners will supply you with the documentation
- Vaccines: Consult your local doctor for advice
- Budget: Spending money for when you’re getting settled in & excursions
- Insurance: It’s essential to sort your travel before you go!
Your teaching experience
Schools are typically small, with two, three or four classrooms. Very few have more than five classrooms while some even have one.
A large portion of the teacher’s schedule will be teaching adult students who tend to fall into
the pre-intermediate category. However, about half the students are children so teachers will
need to be prepared to teach young learners, too.
Teachers may also teach at a few different locations in a week, which does add a little
variety to their schedule and travel costs will be paid by the school.
Japan has extremely high customer service standards and a conservative and suitably businesslike standard of dress code is required of all teachers, at all times while on company premises, including when entering and leaving. A professional manner is expected of all teachers.
Positions are limited to a certain amount each month, so those looking to teach in Japan
should apply well in advance to get the start date they want.
The positions are nationwide in Japan so there are various locations. If you have a preference for a certain location, please let us know; our partners will do their best to secure teaching posts in your desired area but we cannot guarantee it.
Teaching in Japan you can expect to earn approx. €2000 per month based on a minimum of 34 lessons per week. There are other opportunities to teach extra hours to bump this up to 40 lessons per week to increase your earnings.
Along with your monthly salary, there are the following additional benefits:
- A contract signing bonus – paid with your first month’s remuneration.
- Extra performance bonuses.
- Additional amounts for work on weekends and special lesson types and high student attendance.
- Reimbursement for public transportation costs to and from the workplace, plus an additional 100 yen per lesson for work-related overheads