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Guaranteed Job Placement with Peace of Mind Pre Departure and In-country Support

We outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the dream of teaching in Japan, from all pre-departure support, to guaranteeing you a job in one of our trusted and vetted schools and supporting you during your entire experience.

Our knowledgable, experienced and passionate enrolment and support teams guide and support you every step of the way both before you leave your home country and once you arrive in Japan.

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With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide, prepare and support you before, during and after your experience.

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the paperwork, visas, contracts, taxes, work hours, budgets, requirements, responsibilities and answer all of your questions to help ease any anxieties.
  • We guide you through everything you need before you depart to Japan and from the moment you touch down, you'll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.

Quick Facts

Salary

Earn $1600 – $2100 USD * (215,000 – 295,000 Japanese Yen) per month.
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Placement Types

Placements are mainly in public and public schools and private language centres (“Eikaiwas”) teaching kindergarten, primary (elementary and middle), high school students or adults.

Contract Length

Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach and travel.

In-class or Online Accreditation & Placement Only options

Get TEFL/TESOL certified in-class in Japan or online. If you already have an accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, our Placement Only option is best for you.

Eligibility Requirements

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Japan. You do need:

Required

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
  • A bachelor’s degree in hand in any field (Letter of graduation not acceptable) – no teaching experience required. If you do not have a bachelors degree, please see our Japan Non-Degree Program.
  • A Native English Speaker
  • No major medical or mental health diagnosis or medication in the past 5 years
  • No communicable diseases
  • No criminal conviction whatsoever (even misdemeanors)
  • No visible tattoos, such as on the face, neck and hands
  • To be in excellent health with a doctors letter being required to confirm you are fit to travel and live abroad for at least 1 year.
  • You will also be required to have a tuberculosis (TB) scan done to confirm you do not have TB.

Preferred on case-by-case basis

  • Between 21 and 40 years of age
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Can I teach English in Japan without a degree?

While you don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Japan, you do require a bachelors degree to qualify for the program.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia program.

Can I teach English in Japan with a diploma or associate degree?

While these often require you to do just as much work as a bachelor’s degree unfortunately they’re just not held in as high regard internationally.

There are a number of reasons for this, particularly that colleges offering these aren’t required to be kept to the same internationally recognized standards as those offering bachelor’s degrees.

Courses can vary wildly in terms of standard and requirements for both enrollment and passing and it makes judging the quality of the certificate really difficult. This means that schools in general, the world over, have a blanket rule of not accepting diplomas and associate degrees as a qualifying certificate.

Check out our Teach English in Cambodia program if you’re a diploma or associate degree holder.

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If it weren’t for Travel Bud, I wouldn’t have been able to make it to Japan

They provided a great path for me to achieve my goal of teaching in Japan and I appreciate the program for being able to both certify me in teaching and facilitate my travel here. I can confidently say if it weren’t for TravelBud I wouldn’t be living in Japan now.

Ifeoma

United States, Dec 13, 2022

Very professional and helpful from start to finish!

The experience was definitely so helpful, especially during the pandemic. I received a lot of support and reassurance and they were very professional and helpful from start to finish! Anytime I had worries or questions, the team were quick to respond and would make sure to find all possible solutions or remedies.

Caryl

United States, Dec 7, 2022

Program Options

Option 1: In-Class TEFL & Placement

If you do not have an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, we highly recommend our in-class course held in Japan to prepare you for your teaching adventure abroad.

Option 2: Online TEFL & Placement

We also offer a range of internationally accredited online TEFL/TESOL courses which you can take prior to heading to your guaranteed placement in Japan.

Option 3: Placement Only

If you already hold an accredited 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL certification, then our Placement Only option guarantees you a teaching job with all our in-country support benefits.

What’s included for each Program Option

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Secures your spot
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
Personalised one-on-one Support
Visa Guidance
Your questions answered
Guaranteed Job Placement
24/7 In-country support
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accreditated Certification
Practical Teacher Training in-class
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
SIM Card Included
SIM Card guidance
Local bank account guidance
Shared Accommodation
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(weekend)

(weekend)
Visa Run
(for 1st month in-country)
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
Support Network
Self-development and advantageous future employability

Fees

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Full Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance

    • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
    • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
    • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.
  • Logistics and safety when arriving

    • Airport pickup (provided participants land on the Sunday before the program start date).
    • Transfer from the airport to your arranged accommodation (included for in-class applicants only – if no actual pick-up at the airport is provided, then full guidance and support are given in order for you to make your way from the airport to your front door.
    • SIM card guidance/assistance.
    • Local bank account guidance/assistance.
    • Welcome dinner to meet your fellow teacher travellers
  • A toolkit for navigating Japanese culture

    • Cultural Orientation and excursions
    • Social events and meet and greets.
  • Practical Teacher Training

    • To hone your craft and ensure confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
    • Lesson Plan templates and resource directories.
  • Guaranteed Job Placement

    • At carefully vetted schools.
  • An Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certification

    • The knowledge required to teach english successfully.
    • You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited 120 hour in-class TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
  • A support network of fellow teachers

    • Lifelong friendships and travel opportunities
  • 24/7 In-country support

    • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
    • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
    • Teacher meet-ups.
    • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
  • Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee

    • Once you’ve completed your contract, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school throughout Asia for which you are eligible, at no additional charge to you.
  • Self-development and advantageous future employability

    • When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes – you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.
    • Add teaching abroad to your CV to stand out from the crowd.

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Submit a quick application and we’ll send you more info, explain the program and answer all your questions.

Guaranteed Job Placement

We find you a teaching job or jobs to ensure you have the maximum work hours allowed under your visa.

You could spend your own time trying to find your own teaching position.

But this can be time-consuming and stressful because you’ll have to wade through a myriad of risk factors and paperwork when evaluating teaching positions.

These can include but are not limited to: 

  • Work visas, relevant permits and documentation
  • The interview process
  • The credibility of the school
  • Your safety at the school
  • Understanding contracts, contract length and hidden clauses
  • Payment terms and what happens in the event of non-payment
  • Taxes
  • Teaching philosophy and environment
  • Teaching materials
  • School code of conduct
  • Local staff support and English proficiency
  • After school activities and requirements
  • Disciplinary processes
  • And many more considerations!

So you might find a job but you’ll be unprepared from a teaching, cultural, financial and emotional perspective.

We take the pressure and stress away from you by guaranteeing your job placement and providing peace of mind support

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your income of $1600 – $2100 USD is secured.
  • We’ll explain all the paperwork, contracts, taxes, work hours, requirements and responsibilities.
  • We guide you through everything you need to know before you depart to Japan and from the moment you touch down, you’ll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.
  • We’ve all taught abroad before and, having placed over 2200+ participants around the world, know the key to success is well-trained, culturally-adjusted, and emotionally-supported teachers. Read more about our teaching placements.
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Awards & Nominations

We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of the best Teach Abroad organizations and these awards reflect our commitment to delivering an exceptional standard of professional support, training and experiences to our community of teacher travelers worldwide. Read more about our values and team.

TravelBud Top Rated Teach Abroad Organization 2022!
TravelBud Won the 2021 Innovation Awards in the Teach Abroad Category
TravelBud recently won a GoOverseas Community Choice award for the Best TEFL Course with Job Assistance in 2020!
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Lifetime Placement Guarantee

Once you’ve taught in one of the TravelBud schools, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school in any of our destinations for which you are eligible on your program line, at no additional charge to you.

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  • Pay one fee and you’re able to teach in any partner school on your program line as long as you like.
  • It’s a once-off fee for a lifetime of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your students and travel the world in a sustainable way.
  • For example, once you’re finished in Japan you can travel over to South Korea or Thailand and experience a whole new cultural adventure.

Boost your employability

You might think you’re taking a step back by taking a year off but nothing could be further from the truth!

Although you may think it’s a halt in your education journey, you’re actually fast tracking yourself through:

  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

These would normally take much longer in a normal, sheltered environment and wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes – you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.

People who are able to reflect on their experiences will give them an edge in their interview, no matter what industry or profession.

Read why working abroad boosts your employability →

Teaching Placements

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Teaching Placement Overview

Salary range in USD per month$1600 - $2100 USD *

* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Salary local currency per month225,000 - 295,000 Yen
Saving potential in USD per month$150 - $200+
Employment TypeFull-time
Contract Length1 year
Placement TypesPublic Schools, Private Schools, Private Language Centers ("Eikawas")
Classroom AudienceKindergarten, Primary (elementary and middle), High school students
Classroom AgeBetween 4 - 18
Classroom SizePublic Schools: 20 - 35
Private Language Centers: 6-10
Working Hours per week20-30
Days off2 days per week but may not be consecutive
Holidays / Paid Leave5-10 paid vacation days and 10 public holidays per year (paid)
Tax rate range for teachers5%
VisaInstructor Visa or a Specialist in Humanities Visa
Initial Enrollment to Arrival5 Month Minimum
Top Placement Locations1. Chubu Region
2. Kanto Region
3. Tohoko Region
4. Hokkaido Region
5. Kyushu Region

Teaching Placements

There are two main types of teaching positions available in Japan – public schools and private language centres (known as eikaiwas in Japan).

The role is slightly different in each school type.

In eikaiwas teachers will work very independently and will lead each class.

In public schools, teachers work alongside a Japanese classroom teacher in the day-to-day school system as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT).

Public School (Alt) Positions

Assistant Language teachers work in public school alongside a Japanese classroom teacher. Teachers at public schools work a regular Monday to Friday schedule. This will be a great cultural experience as it is a chance for teachers to experience the day-to-day school system in Japan. Teachers will typically teach between three to six classes each day. ALTs may be required to teach at several different public schools in the area during the week.

The day-to-day role of an ALT will differ depending on the teacher they’re working alongside. Sometimes they will take the lead in delivering lessons with guidance from the Japanese classroom teacher on what to teach. Other times they will act in an assisting capacity and will help with conversational English.

Eikaiwa Positions

Eikaiwa positions are where students pay to learn English outside of the traditional school system. The majority of the Eikaiwa schools we are working with focus on teaching young learners. Due to this, the teaching times are typically outside of traditional school hours on evenings and weekends. Days off commonly fall on weekdays.

The class sizes of these schools are around 6 – 10 students per class. They tend to have quite intensive working hours where you will teach up to 6 or 7 classes, with a 10-minute break in-between. In Eikaiwa school’s teachers will be guided on what to teach and typically will have access to materials such as a curriculum, text books and some basic games and toys to use for lessons.

There tends to be flexibility for teachers in crafting their lesson around the topics to teach. Teachers in Eikaiwa positions tend to have some autonomy in teaching and need to be highly independent.

Each eikaiwa is different so exact teaching hours and what the school looks like will differ. Some eikaiwas are based in shopping centers for the convenience or parents dropping their children to attend lessons. Others are stand-alone classrooms in towns throughout Japan.

Most of our Eikaiwa positions require commuting to different locations for work, up to an hour is common. Some will have several branches in the same city that teachers will attend on different days. Others may require teachers to teach on a rotational basis spending around a week at each location, across four centers.

With these positions the teaching contact hours are shorter to allow time to commute and travel is reimbursed (not all positions provide this). In these positions the teacher is the one who opens up the classroom, sets up, teaches the class and then closes for the day, so a great deal of independence is required. You wouldn’t be teaching alongside many colleagues if in this school placement.

Do I have a say in what placement I receive?

Our placement team does their utmost best to place all our teachers at schools which best match their preferences (in terms of location, age group, and the type of school). While preference cannot be guaranteed, we can guarantee that our team will do everything possible to find the ideal placement for you.

We also encourage and guide our teachers to being open-minded to all types of placements – a first and vital step to a journey of personal growth and development that comes with teaching abroad in Japan.

Where will I be teaching?

Placements are throughout the country in both urban and suburban areas however the majority of positions are in the suburban areas.

  • Big or small cities
  • Suburban areas

You can teach:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary (elementary and middle)
  • High school
  • Adults

For the placement only option is an online or in-class TEFL/TESOL required?

Yes, for this program we require at least an online TEFL/TESOL to participate. It is important to us that teachers set themselves up well for success with a good foundation of ESL teaching prior to starting the program. This will make the transition smoother and ensure that they are having a positive impact on the students they teach.

Commutes

Commutes are the norm in Japan. It is uncommon for teachers to live right by their placement schools. Teachers will typically commute from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours to work. At eikaiwas it is most common to commute using public transport, this could be buses or trains. At public schools it could be public transport, driving or cycling.

Work Hours

The position is full time, ranging from 20 – 30 hours per week and have two days per week off but the days may not be consecutive and those working at language schools should be prepared to teach on Saturday and Sunday as those are the busiest days of the week for language schools.

It is important to note the work culture of Japan is “Live to Work”, and Japanese people tend to work longer hours so foreign teachers should be prepared for the same expectations when living in Japan.

Placement areas are typically confirmed approximately one month before arriving in Japan or once they arrive in the country. Placements are rare in Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka which are the more touristy areas teachers often ask about!

School Training

All participants, whether placement only or taking the TESOL/TEFL course in Japan will likely (but not in all cases) participate in an onboarding with their new schools, which can range from 1-2 weeks prior to starting their teaching assignments. During these onboardings, most of which covers the teaching style and curriculum of your school, you typically receive most or all of your wages, so this is essentially paid onboarding.

Locations

Placements are throughout the country in both urban and suburban areas however the majority of positions are in the suburban areas.
There are a wide range of teaching environments, from more advanced, modern classrooms with small class sizes and extensive technology in the classroom, to classrooms that are standard, and lacking in technology. Some placements will have assistant teachers in the classroom but many will not.

Holidays

Public holidays: Approximately 10 public holidays per year (this may vary and is up to the discretion of the school). Some public holidays are off but some may be work days as well.

Paid Vacation: Approximately 5-10 paid vacation days (this may vary and depends on the school).

Dress code for teaching?

Professional dress unless otherwise advised by the school.

What is the level of English and behavior of students?

The level of English proficiency is generally beginner but some Japan people can speak English well enough to give you directions. Compared to the West, local children are much more respectful and disciplined. This is likely due to the conservative nature of Japan society and the strong respect for elders and family.

Teachers on lunch break in Japan.

A TravelBud teacher in the classroom at his language school.

A TravelBud teacher in the classroom at his language school.

Japanese students on an outing

Japanese students on an outing

Teachers having a picnic

A picnic lunch in the park with your co-workers is common in Japan

Visa Trip

Teachers who take the In-class TEFL/TESOL course may be required do a visa trip once they have completed the course and before (or soon after) they start teaching. Visa trips are mandatory trips to countries bordering Japan to acquire or renew visa statuses.

Popular destinations for the visa trip are South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand or Vietnam. The visa trip usually lasts for 6-8 business days depending on the destination.

The cost of the visa trip is fully funded by the participant (see our Budget section for estimates of a visa run trip).

Note that this may not be required for those who do the Placement Only program, as they will likely have their placement before they arrive and thus will arrive on the correct visa provided by their school.

Don’t worry, we’ll talk you through the whole process, explain all your options and guide you every step of the way!

Cultural Preparation

Part of the success of your experience comes from understanding the culture that you’re going to be living and working in.

Cultural awareness training helps you to settle into your new environment, make local friends, avoid misunderstandings, and enjoy success in social and professional life.

Our Program Includes:

Pre departure Support

to guide and prepare you

Logistics and safety

when arriving

A toolkit for navigating

your new country

A support network

of fellow teachers

24 / 7 In-country support

for peace of mind

Having Fun!

& embracing your new adventure

Pre-departure Support

We assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets, booking flights and any questions or information you need. 

Pre departure Support

  • We’ll outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the teaching abroad dream.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, no matter how silly you may think they are!
  • We’ll explain and help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgeting and booking flights.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

We’ll pick you up from the airport and introduce you to your support team in-country.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

  •  Airport pickup (provided participants land on the Sunday before the program start date).
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • Transfer from the airport to your arranged accommodation (included for in-class applicants only – if no actual pick-up at the airport is provided, then full guidance and support are given in order for you to make your way from the airport to your front door.
  • We provide guidance you with your SIM card setup so that you can contact your loved ones back home and your new friends you’re about to make on your epic orientation!
  • We provide guidace setting up a  local bank account so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.
  • You’ll get to meet and greet fellow teacher travellers.

A toolkit for navigating your new country

The perfect foundation for adjusting to life in your new country and meeting your fellow teachers and in-country stafff members.

A toolkit for navigating your new country

Our 1 week cultural orientation on Japanese culture and language gives you the perfect foundation for adjusting to life in Japan as well as an opportunity to bond with your fellow teachers-in-training and in-country staff members.

Learn foundational Japanese language

We help you with foundational language to help you navigate:

  • The bustling markets.
  • Grabbing a taxi.
  • Ordering a delicious meal.
  • Garnering respect from locals.

(plus it’s pretty cool to impress your mates at home or add it to your resume!)

Cultural and History lessons

  • Learn from local Japanese staff and ex-foreign teachers who have made their home in Japan.
  • You’ll understand the cultural dynamics so that you don’t feel like a fish out of water.
  • You won’t be making any faux pas or disrespecting the locals.
  • How to address locals and your fellow teachers.
  • You will know what you can and can’t do in Japanese classrooms.

Relevant Cultural Excursions

Excursions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Visit the Tokugawa Art Museum.
  • Head to the Local Market at the Osu Cannon Temple.
  • Visit Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples.
  • Go on a guided tour of Nagoya Castle.
  • Visit the Inuyama Castle.
  • Visit the Atsuta Shrine.
  • Take part in authentic Japanese cooking lessons.

40 Hour Online Cultural Foundation Course 

Included in your program fee is access to an online, interactive, in-depth cultural and language orientation.

Internationally accredited and developed by experts in history, culture, and language. Our courses effectively prepare people to live, work, or study in their chosen country. The CultureRoute course also emphasizes diversity, inclusivity, and cultural exchange, and provides institutions with the ability to independently verify that students have taken and passed the course and are ready to transition to life overseas.

This course not only helps individuals prepare to live in Japan, it also helps teachers to succeed as employees of Japanese organizations. It is also a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet other teachers who are also planning to move to Japan.

Participants on the Nagoya walking Tour.


Learn how to make some amazing Japanese dishes, cooked by some local experts. Participants will partake in amazing Japanese “comfort-food” with our unique cooking class.


Visit the Local Market Osu Kannon


Learn about the ancient Samurai history and also the art of tea consumption during the empires of yesteryear on our trip to the Tokugawa Art Museum, which is also is based around a beautiful park that participants can explore.


We take participants on a guided tour of downtown Nagoya, including parks, viewpoints and even an anime shopping center!


Visit Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples.


Nagoya castle was originally built in 1612. This famous ancient castle is one of one of the largest in Japan from the ancient period and at the time was one of the most important castles in Japan. Participants will go on guided tour of the castle and palace grounds.

A support network of fellow teacher travelers

In addition the personal assistance and 24/7 support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers.

Meet fellow Teacher Travellers

Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.

Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.

Participants during the walking tour of Nagoya which forms part of the cultural orientation included in the program.

Make Lifelong Memories

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.

This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Japan and fully experience all that the country has to offer.

Teachers in Japan

Meet fellow teachers and forge new life-long friendships from all over the globe.

Diverse range of background

We have teachers participating in the cultural orientation and TEFL course from all over the world.

Learn how to make some amazing Japanese dishes, cooked by some local experts. Participants will partake in amazing Japanese “comfort-food” with our unique cooking class.

 

Have some fun and embrace your new adventure!

Explore Japanese eateries and quaint restaurants.

Taste Japanese Sake.

Kimonos

Home of the Kimono, it’s completely accepted and even encouraged to wear Kimonos in Japan. You’ll find such a wide variety of ones to choose from compared to what’s available back home.

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Sagano Bamboo Forest, located in Arashiyama, is an absolute surreal experience in nature.

Japan beach

Did you know that Japan is made up of five main islands, and many smaller islands too? During the Spring and Summer months island hopping is a must!

Indulge in the delicious local cuisine while culturally immersing yourself in Japan

Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification

There are so many options when it comes to TEFL/TESOL courses that it can be quite overwhelming to understand what’s legitimate and what high quality schools require from teaching staff.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), are often used interchangeably but are essentially the same thing: a certification in teaching English.

A quality TEFL/TESOL course helps teachers avoid the frustration and pitfalls of being unprepared in the classroom and provides all the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively teach English.

With TravelBud’s 120-Hour In-Class TEFL/TESOL certification you get years of teacher insight, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching abroad experience.

Educational Philosophy

Students are trained based on a global ‘best practices’ approach to teaching English as a second language that incorporates the direct method, communicative approach, and task-based teaching approach within a lesson planning structure of Present, Practice, and Produce.

We focus on teacher creativity. In many environments, teachers cannot depend on technology, so they must be both creative and resourceful in their lesson planning and execution. Technology is a tool, not a crutch.

Our teachers must harness their own creative spirit during the course and perform in a low-tech environment. Then once they have demonstrated that, we begin to instruct on how to use technology and allow students to incorporate technology into their lessons.

We require extensive teaching practice. We believe that proper education in TESOL must involve praxis, or the application of theory in a classroom setting. The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.

The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback. This process is critical to the course and preparing teachers for the field.

Course Location

The TEFL/TESOL course in Japan is at our local school partner in Nagoya called Connect.

They are located at: Japan, 〒464-0075 Aichi, Nagoya, Chikusa Ward, Uchiyama, 3 Chome−10−18 PPビル 4F

The course location is right in the heart of the city next to the Imaike metro station, and only two stops from Sakai station, which is the heart of Nagoya.

Nagoya
Nagoya is the largest city in the Chubu Region and the fourth largest in Japan.

It’s position on the water means that Nagoya has long been a busy port and an important hub for the vehicle production industry in Japan.

There are lots of things to see and do in the city, such as visiting Nagoya Castle, Toganji Temple, or ascending to the observation deck of the TV Tower to see stunning views of the city.

The city also has many bargain shopping options and is even home to the World Cosplay Summit!

In terms of food, Nagoya and the surrounding region is famous for miso production and you can find a lot of tasty dishes such as misokatsu that are unique to the area.

It is also known for uiro, a regional dessert similar to mochi, made of sweet, glutinous rice flour.

Nagoya is a large city and therefore home to everything you need to start your journey teaching in Japan.

Close by Nagoya, there are also many places to explore. Inuyama City is home to Meiji Mura, a theme park that aims to take you back to the Meiji era- you can even rent costumes to really get a feel for the period.

For nature lovers, there are many natural beauty spots in the area, including Aichikogen Kokutai Park, only a short drive from Nagoya.

Nagoya skyline.

Course Components

  • Information and discussion about Japanese culture, history, politics, and society to provide exposure and help students navigate their new environment.
  • Significant instruction in Japanese language (6 Hours).
  • Strong grounding in the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language. This is taught in a way that emphasizes application of theory to enhance success in the classroom.
  • Significant practical training in teaching listening, reading, speaking and writing in the classroom, including extensive lesson planning, presentation, and feedback from peers and instructors.
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group.
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management.
  • Teaching practicum in a local language school.

Detailed Course Overview

Week One – Orientation

The first week of the course is an amazing, interactive orientation on Japanese culture and language, as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training and staff members.

The orientation course encompasses Japanese language, culture, and society. The course is taught by area experts and includes several exciting and informative cultural excursions.

Week Two

The second week of the course is a deeper exploration of theory in the discipline of English as a second language and how to teach grammar.

Students learn about the structure and key elements of a lesson plan. Every lesson requires a detailed lesson plan that lays out the procedures of the class, and encourages teachers to consider the challenges, technology resources, and other factors that can impact a successful lesson in the classroom. During week two, students will also learn how to teach speaking and grammar.

Grammar can be challenging to teach. One of the reasons for this is that it has been a long time since native English speakers have reviewed grammar rules, so XploreAsia provides students with a bit of a refresher. The major assignments for week two are to create a lesson plan for teaching grammar and to present a full lesson just as a teacher would in a classroom.

Week Three

The third week of the course focuses on how to teach reading and listening. The major assignments for this week are to create lesson plans for teaching reading and listening and present full lessons just as a teacher would in the classroom.

During this week participants will learn more about teaching young learners and practice planning lessons for kindergarten students. Additionally, our participants will learn about curriculum development for long term learning goals for their students.

Week Four

The final week the class is dedicated to classroom management and preparing for and conducting the English practicum.

While classroom management may be the final topic covered, it is in fact extremely important, especially in cross-cultural contexts. Classroom management is about setting ground rules, applying them consistently, getting to know your students, and earning and maintaining their respect and commitment. Students spend several days preparing their lessons for the English practicum. The practicum typically lasts 2 days.

During the final week there will also be an in-class final exam.

International Accreditation

Our internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL course is accepted by employers around the world and is accredited by Accreditat. Accreditat is registered under the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers), Number 10065351. Registration on the UKRLP means they have been verified against a recognised legal source.

Graduates of our internationally accredited 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond.

Accommodation

Accommodation during the TEFL/TESOL Course

Your accommodation for your TEFL/TESOL course is all pre-booked and sorted for you before you arrive in Japan.

Accommodation is double occupancy, where you’ll be sharing a room with one of your fellow TEFL/TESOL students from the same gender.

We will provide an airport pickup/transfer at Nagoya International Airport as long as the participant arrives on Sunday before the program start date.

We will have a staff member meet the participants there and travel with them by train into the accommodation in central Nagoya.

Japan Accommodation. Individual rooms are available at a higher price but may be in a separate building.

Accommodation after the TEFL/TESOL Course

Our in-country team will assist you in finding suitable accommodation when you head to your school placement. Some schools also have apartments for their teachers to live in.

You can typically expect to stay in a single occupancy studio apartment which can vary from $500 to $700 USD per month depending on where you’re placed in japan. Teachers are also usually asked to pay a 1-2 month rental deposit, similar to most countries in the West.

It is also sometimes possible to save on your rental expense by sharing an apartment with another teacher.

Water and electricity is typically not included in the rent. Internet is sometimes included but this can’t be guaranteed.

Accommodation for English teachers in Japan generally consists of a loft-styled double bed, TV, bathroom with shower, kitchen, desk, and some living space.

Bachelors apartment in Japan

A typical bachelors apartment in Japan with bed accessible via the ladder, a small kitchen and living area.

Japanese kitchen area

Kitchen areas and fridges are generally much smaller than Western kitchens.

accommodation in japan

Another example of typical accommodation in Japan.

bath

Most apartments have a bath with a shower which is separate from the toilet area.

How much will rent cost?

Rental costs will vary depending on where you are living. You can expect to pay between 300 to $650 depending on where you’re placed in Japan. Our in-country team will support and guide you through finding suitable accommodation at your placement.

Accommodation costs $650 for our 1-month TEFL/TESOL and Cultural Immersion course in Nagoya.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will be able to live together. Otherwise you will typically be staying on your own, usually in a studio apartment. In the rare case that you’ll be sharing accommodation with a fellow teacher at your school, you’ll have your own private room in a shared apartment.

We’re here to help you through the whole process and will provide help, guidance, information and assistance finding your ideal accommodation during your teach abroad experience.

Dates

  • One of the huge advantages of taking the TEFL/TESOL course in Japan is that the course itself prepares people thoroughly for teaching in Japanese schools and gives you first-hand experience in the classroom during the practical portion of the course.
  • Placement-only candidates will be invited to join one of the cultural weekends designed specifically for placement only teachers.
  • Online TEFL/TESOL courses start on the first Monday of each month.

2023

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Budgets

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it.
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Budget before you arrive

Our support coordinators will assist you with:

  • Booking flights.
  • Explaining and finding the best insurance required.
  • Advising you on all the document costs involved.

Flights

Flight prices vary depending on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance or more for the best rates. Some schools offer flight reimbursements at the end of one’s contract but this cannot be guaranteed.

$350 - $1500

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary depending on things like provider, your age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all TravelBud programs.

$200 - $710

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and that you hold a valid passport.

$150 - $300

TOTAL

$700 - $2510

Budget for 1 month TEFL/TESOL course in Japan
  • You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Thailand TEFL/TESOL course and first month of teaching english in South Korea.
  • Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 1-2 months in Korea before you receive your first paycheck.
  • You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TEFL/TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Accommodation

Your accommodation pricing for the month will be $675 USD unless otherwise notified. This is based on shared occupancy accommodation for the month. You will be sharing with 2 - 3 people.
You will need to pay a 100 USD room deposit. This will be returned to you at the end of the month with any damages deducted.

$775

Startup items

This is for purchasing toiletries, your SIM card and any items you couldn’t fit in your luggage that you will need.

In Japan, you can find all toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc. at many convenience stores but they can be expensive. Shampoos can cost as much as 880 Yen ($8 USD).

Most accommodations in Japan do provide towels but they are very small and often the size of hand towels; therefore, we recommend people bring a towel with them from home.

$70

Daily Expenses (Food, transportation around Nagoya and to the TESOL course)

One of the best ways to budget your cash while living in Japan is eating at local Japanese restaurants. In Western restaurants, you’d spend about 1500 Yen ($13USD).
You can also purchase proper sized meals at convenience stores that can be heated up for around 500 Yen ($5USD).

$850

English School Camp Supplies

As you will learn on the course, having colorful, creative engaging materials for teaching enhances the experience for your students. During the teacher camp you will need to make flashcards, props and possibly some worksheets.

Most teachers spend about 2000 yen ($20USD) on their camp supplies for flashcards, worksheets, activities, and games. You will be able to use these materials once you start teaching at your placement as well.

You will have access to a printer and some materials at the school where we will be doing the course.

$20

Optional expenses (Nightlife, weekend trips, shopping)

This is a conservative estimate.

Some tips: buying alcohol in restaurants will be a lot more expensive than buying drinks at a bar or the convenience store.

Please bring more money if you are interested in going on weekend day trips with fellow participants to travel around Nagoya for sightseeing.

You can spend however much you like on these extra optional things, but please be mindful of your budget.

$110

TOTAL

$1825

Budget for first month of teaching

Transportation to Your Placement

Your coordinator or school will inform you of the best way to get to your placement and which mode of transportation to take.

$100

Accommodation

Teachers typically pay their own rent.

Rent is generally between USD 500 and 800 per month, exclusive of electricity and water.

Accommodation is single occupancy, fairly basic, and typically efficiency/studio apartments. In some instances, Internet is often provided in accommodation costs, however in some instances it must be purchased separately.

Utilities in Japan including gas, water and electricity average at around $60 - $100 a month depending on your placement location.

The amount stated here includes accommodation, utilities and a deposit.

$1350

Daily Expenses (Food, laundry, transportation around town)

$1050

TOTAL

$2500

Budget Totals

Month on TEFL/TESOL Course Total

$1825

First Month Teaching Total

$2500

Approximate Total

$4325

  • We strongly suggest that you have access to $4500 USD when you arrive in Japan to buffer any unforeseen costs prior to your first pay check.

We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Japan is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your monthly income of $1600 – $2100 USD is secured.
  • Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you’ll start to learn how to cut down on your monthly expenses (for example, eating out less and finding the most affordable grocery store in your placement town).
  • You will be able to enjoy your time teaching travelling in Japan and save a good portion of your salary ($150 – $200+ USD per month) to fund your bucket-list travel adventures, pay of student loans, and return home with some savings to your name.

Fees

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Japan.

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Enrollment Deposit


$599


$599


$599

  • This fee is payable upfront and secures your spot in a program that has limited availability per course and gets the comprehensive support process started.
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
  • You’ll be introduced to the support team and your dedicated Support Coordinator will reach out with your next steps.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like!
  • Our support team help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
Personalised one-on-one Support
  • Your dedicated support coordinator will guide you through everything you need to make your teach abroad experience successful and provide personalised, one-on-one support and guidance.
Visa Guidance
  • We make sure that the visa you initially apply for is the best and easiest option available for you as an individual.
  • All documents required before applying for your visa is explained and we even help you prepare the documents needed to apply for a work permit once you are in-country and have been placed.
  • Our support team will hold your hand through the initial visa application, explain visa runs, applying for a new visa once in-country and obtaining a work permit once you’ve been placed.
Your questions answered
  • You'll get to ask questions no matter how silly and arrange calls directly with our support team.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Online TEFL Fee

Choose between:

120 Hour Online TEFL

$499

170 Hour Online TEFL

$1299

This fee is due 1 week prior to your selected course start date.

Final Program Fee, Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

$2600
$2400


$1300


$1300


For In-Class TEFL & Placement:
Due 12 weeks prior to selected intake date.

For Online TEFL & Placement and Placement Only:
The fee is due in two instalments.

The first instalment is due 10 weeks after your initial enrollment fee payment date.

The second instalment is due no later than 3 days after you have received confirmation of job placement.

If, however, you are accepted into the public school placement program, then the 2nd instalment is due upon acceptance onto the public school intake date.
Guaranteed Job Placement
  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the job details, working hours, taxes, responsibilities and more.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle and planning your adventures knowing your monthly income is secured.
24/7 In-country support
  • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, culture shock, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
  • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • Teacher meet-ups.
  • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
  • Once you’ve completed your contract, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school throughout Asia for which you are eligible, at no additional charge to you.
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accreditated Certification
  • You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
  • Graduates of our internationally accredited courses have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South & Central America, and beyond.
Practical Teacher Training in-class
  • The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.
  • The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback.
  • This process is critical to honing your craft and ensuring confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
  • We'll provide airport pickup to ensure a stress-free arrival.
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • We’ll take you to your pre-arranged accommodation.
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
  • We'll provide full information and guidance on which train, taxi or bus you need to take to ensure a stress-free arrival.
SIM Card Included
  • A SIM card is provided for you.
SIM Card guidance
  • We'll aid in setting up a SIM card for connecting with loved ones and new friends during your experience abroad.
Local bank account guidance
  • We provide guidance setting up a local bank account so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.
Shared Accommodation
(1st month in-country)
  • Your accommodation is all pre-booked and sorted for you before you arrive.
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(weekend)

(weekend)

In-class TEFL participants experience:

  • A 1-week cultural orientation that lays the groundwork for your South Korea experience, fostering bonds with your fellow teachers and staff.
  • Learn foundational Korean language
  • Cultural and History lessons
  • Cultural Excursions, including Gyeongbok Palace Tour, Korean War Memorial tour, Korean Cooking Classes, Taekwondo Martial Arts class and a K-POP Dance Class.

Online TEFL & Placement Only participants experience:

  • Cultural Weekends: Join fellow teachers for a Korean cultural program through selected weekends, including group activities and excursions in Seoul.
  • Possible activities encompass a welcome dinner, Gyeongbok Palace Tour, guided cultural walks, traditional hanbok wearing, tea tasting, and more.
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
  • Access to Lesson Plan Templates and resource directories to help you create fun and engaging lessons.
Support Network
  • In addition to the 24/7 In-Country Support we provide, you'll also have a suport network of fellow teachers.
  • Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.
  • Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.
  • Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.
  • This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Korea and fully experience all that the country has to offer.
Self-development and advantageous future employability
  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

Total Fee


120 Hour In-Class TEFL

$2999


120 Hour Online TEFL

$2398

170 Hour Online TEFL

$3198

Placement Only

$1899


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Japan?

Earn $1600 – $2100 USD* (225,000 – 295,000 Japanese Yen) per month. * May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety in Japan?

Our teachers in Japan (both men and women) report feeling extremely safe in the country.

Levels of crime are very low, especially compared to big cities in the US and UK, and public services such as transport are very efficient, modern and safe.

In fact, Japan is one of the safest countries in the world with crime rates lower than any other industrialized country.

What are the authorities like in Japan?

The police in Japan are very kind and helpful. Provided you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law, they will treat you with respect and keep you safe.

Petty crimes involving brazen debaucherous behaviour are not tolerated and can be dealt with severely. DUI (driving under the influence) are also not tolerated by the Japanese authorities and can result in you being sent home.

Is English spoken in Japan?

Yes, English is spoken in Japan. There are different levels of English proficiency though – English is more widely spoken in larger cities like Tokyo and Osaka, compared to smaller towns.

The proficiency of your students will most likely be beginner to a moderate level of English, hence why you’re there to help them advance their handle on the English language and in turn, obtain valuable employment opportunities and contribute actively to our global economy.

English proficiency has however been dropping rather drastically since 2011 which is why the country desperately needs more English language teachers from abroad.

Are teachers in high demand in Japan? If so, why?

Native English-speaking teachers are in very high demand in Japan as English proficiency has been dropping throughout the country since 2011 where it’s fallen from 11th place to 53rd place in 2019 on the English proficiency scale for second language countries.

The reason for this is that Japanese students did not receive a sufficient amount of English language education at public schools in the past (only 1-2 hours per week). The Japanese government is now working on improving this while the English language education provided by private language schools is becoming increasingly important.

This is where TravelBud’s program and you come in to actively work to improve the English proficiency of the Japanese population and contribute to growing the local economy and employment rate.

To work for large global companies in Japan (which is the goal of the majority of the local population), a strong English proficiency is essential.

Through an improved English proficiency of future generations throughout the country, locals will be empowered to replace foreign English teachers one day to continue the groundwork laid by you and fellow TravelBud teachers.

Do students have to learn English in Japan?

Yes, it is compulsory at their public schools. On top of their public schooling, many children attend private English language centers after school to improve their English. This is where most TravelBud teachers will be placed and where your impact will be made.

Do you need a degree to teach English in Japan?

Yes, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in any field to teach English in Japan.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia and Teach English in Myanmar programs.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

The basic structure of the school system differs between two main types of schools: private language centers and public schools.

Private language centers typically entail teaching at several different school branches in the same city or town on different days of the week, teaching young learners between 7 and 13 years old, and working hours being on weekends and afternoons and early evenings as they cater for students outside of public school hours. Class sizes are generally smaller than in public schools and with modern technologies available.

Public schools will generally have a less flexible curriculum to language centers, with larger class sizes and working hours being Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Students will Class sizes are generally bigger, and students will have varying English proficiencies.

Private language centers all provide 2 days off per week (usually during the week) whereas public schools have weekends off for students and teachers.

How much money can I save teaching English in Japan?

It is generally up to your lifestyle. Things like how much you eat out, where you do your shopping, how frequently you travel, and how often you go out with friends in your free time will have a big impact in how much you can save.

What you save all depends on what you’re looking to get out of this experience – be it, traveling as much as possible, living like a rockstar, or putting money away every month to pay off loans or debt back home or to return home with a nice amount of savings to your name.

On average, you can save about $2,500 to $5,000 USD over a year of teaching

And while it’s no guarantee, some schools also provide a contract completion bonus and/or a flight reimbursement at the end of your contract.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck?

Tax deductions differ from school to school but a tax of 5% will typically apply to your salary.

Do schools pay TravelBud a fee or portion of my salary? If so, why?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of our teacher’s monthly salary.

Where most recruiters take a cut from your salary, in return for not charging a program fee, we do the opposite which allows our teachers to earn and save more at the end of the day.

Recruiters also have little interest in the quality of the placement you receive or matching you with the right school, as they serve the interests of the schools only.

TravelBud works to serve both you and the school to ensure the best experience for both you and your students.

Do schools in Japan accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates?

While some have a preference for TEFL/TESOL certificates completed in-class, most schools do accept TEFL/TESOL certificates completed online. Read more about our online TEFL/TESOL course options.

Having an in-class TESOL certificate will certainly strengthen your job application though, particularly with schools in our network as they tend to have high standards and more sought of working conditions for English teachers.

How long does it take to get a TEFL/TESOL certification in Japan?

TravelBud’s In-class TEFL/TESOL course takes 4 weeks to complete.

If you have already completed an in-class or online TESOL/TEFL course through another provider, we may be able to accept you onto our Placement Only program in Japan so long as it is internationally accredited, at least 120 hours in length and meets other important requirements from our schools.

What is the main religion in Japan?

Shinto and Buddhism are the most widely practiced religions in Japan.

Shinto is an ancient Japanese religion tracing back all the way to 1000BC, one of the oldest religions still practiced today. The Shinto religion cente4s around the belief in gods or spirits – or kami – that inhabit all things. Throughout the year, there are many seasonal and age-related Shinto festivals and rituals carried out in the country.

Buddhism is also widely practiced and has been a key religion in Japan since the 6th century.

Although only a small percentage of Japanese citizens identify as religious, Shinto and Buddhist practices are still practiced by many and often are both practiced by some, reflecting the common view in Japanese society that the practices of different
religions needn’t be exclusive.

Due to a rising level of immigration over the years, Japan is also home to a smaller percentage of Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and other religious groups.

Will I get picked up from the airport?

Yes. If you’re completing the In-Class TEFL course, you can count on airport pick-up and travel assistance to your accommodation.

For Online TEFL and Placement Only participants, we provide full airport assistance (info & guidance on which bus or train to take etc.)

Where will I be placed as an English teacher in Japan?

We place teachers in both big cities and small towns, with the majority of placements being in suburban towns outside of major cities.

TravelBud’s placements are available in all regions throughout Japan.

Refer to the Teaching Placements section for more information.

How many days off will I get as an English teacher in Japan?

You will get two days off per week at all school placements in Japan. Public school placements will have weekends off whereas placements at private language centers will have two days off during the week, as their busiest times are on weekends.

What are the working hours for English teachers in Japan?

Working hours differ from school to school but you can generally expect to work between 20 to 30 hours per week while teaching English in Japan.

What documents do I need before I depart to Japan to teach English?

Japanese schools fortunately do not require as much rigorous document collection as some of their neighboring countries. All you will need is your work permit and criminal background check, which our support team will guide you through.

What if I have visible tattoos?

Tattoos were used for many years to mark someone who’s committed a crime, and tattoos in modern-day Japan are highly associated with Japanese mafias (or Yakuzas). Read more information on why tattoos are stigmatized in Japan.

If tattoos aren’t visible to parents, students, and coworkers then you’ll be perfectly fine.

If it weren’t for Travel Bud, I wouldn’t have been able to make it to Japan

They provided a great path for me to achieve my goal of teaching in Japan and I appreciate the program for being able to both certify me in teaching and facilitate my travel here. I can confidently say if it weren’t for TravelBud I wouldn’t be living in Japan now.

Ifeoma

United States, Dec 13, 2022

Very professional and helpful from start to finish!

The experience was definitely so helpful, especially during the pandemic. I received a lot of support and reassurance and they were very professional and helpful from start to finish! Anytime I had worries or questions, the team were quick to respond and would make sure to find all possible solutions or remedies.

Caryl

United States, Dec 7, 2022

TravelBud brings me comfort and security while in a foreign country

Before arriving to Japan I was nervous about many things, from what to do at the airport to what I should prepare. I decided to use Travelbud to help me get a job and to have my back for living alone in Japan. This company was always supportive and would answer and questions I had.

Alister

United Kingdoom, Dec 6, 2022

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