Teach English in Japan

See Mount Fuji when Teaching English in Japan with TravelBud

TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators

TEFL/TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $2000-$2500 USD per month



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Why Teach English in Japan?

  • Spend 1 year or more immersing yourself in and exploring the extraordinary Japanese culture, food, architecture, and scenery whilst earning $2000 to $2500 USD per month as an English teacher – making this TravelBud’s highest paying Teach Abroad program yet.
  • Play an active part in contributing to the Japanese government’s goal of improving the English proficiency throughout the country, which opens up a vast array of academic and employment opportunities for our ever-growing globalized world.
  • Teaching in Japan is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to live in a developed Asian country, rich in history, while gaining incredibly valuable international work experience and growing on a personal level.
  • Save $2500 to $5,000 over a year of teaching which you can use to fund your travels or return home with (while you can save more if you budget more carefully and live like a local).
  • Enjoy 5 to 10 paid days off per year to explore this fascinating country.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Japan

As a TravelBud English teacher in Japan you’ll have between 5 and 10 paid leave days each year to put your high salary to good use exploring all that Japan has to offer.

From Sumo wrestling, the most authentic Japanese cuisine you’ve ever tasted, ancient castles and Pagodas, skiing in the mountainous north and beach hopping in the tropical south, ancient and bustling cities like Tokyo and Osaka, Japan caters for every type of traveller.

Japan is unlike any country you’ve ever been to with the most bizarre but fascinating experiences available throughout the country, and a scenery like no other. Your teacher’s salary will afford you the opportunity to explore so much during your year or more in Japan.

These are just some of countless travel opportunities Japan has to offer you:

Kyoto Shinto Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, the head shrine of the Kami Inari, is one of Kyoto’s most popular Shinto shrines and a sight you’ll never forget.

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!

Sagano Bamboo Forest

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

Mount Fuji

If you’ve Googled Japan, Mount Fuji would have been one of the first images you saw. Soak in the best views of this active volcano on a train trip between Tokyo and Osaka or, for the more daring and active, climb Mount Fuji during July and August.

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.

Full-service Placement Process

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

That’s why we don’t just find you an oversees teaching placement, we support you throughout our entire teach abroad experience!

TravelBud Placement Services

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools in Japan.
  • Accredited TESOL and cultural orientation. We provide the essential courses to help you succeed abroad.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Thailand we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

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

Tokyo at night

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in Japan with TravelBud

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Japan?

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

You do need:

  • A passport from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field of study – Complete and certificate in hand (Letter of graduation not acceptable)
  • A 120-hour, internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate (available online or in Japan through TravelBud)
  • Between the ages of 21 – 35 years old
  • Between the ages of 21 – 35 years old
  • No visible tattoos
  • Willing and able to commit to a 12-month contract
  • 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

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Japan for more than a year.

What if I don’t have a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

We offer both in-class and online Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL courses to prepare you for your adventure abroad. Read about our TEFL/TESOL courses below to learn more.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

Teach English in Japan TEFL/TESOL Courses

Many TESOL courses are not accredited and do not provide adequate preparation for teaching English abroad.

That’s why we highly recommend completing our 120-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL in Japan. It will give you the best possible preparation and ensure that your students get the best education.

You’ll even get the opportunity to gain 20 hours of practical teaching experience at a local Japanese school during the course, after which you’ll receive invaluable feedback from your TEFL/TESOL instructor to ensure you head off to your placement as confident and prepared as possible for the life-changing experience ahead of you.

Located in the largest city in the Chubu region of Japan, Nagoya, this is the ideal place to call home for your first month in Japan while you get accustomed to Japanese culture and day-to-day life, and learn how to be the best English teacher your Japanese students need.

Teachers in Japan

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

The TEFL/TESOL Course is a 4 week course and consists of a 1-week cultural orientation program followed by 3 weeks of TEFL/TESOL theory and practical learning.

TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan is tailored specifically for those preparing to teach English in Japan. We find that too many TEFL/TESOL courses are generalised to every country and do not account for the significant differences that exist in terms of the cultural and professional environments that comes with teaching in different countries.

This is why we ensure that all TravelBud TEFL/TESOL courses are tailored specifically to the country our students and soon-to-be teachers will be teaching in.

We also offer an online TEFL/TESOL course for those that are not able to make our in-class TEFL/TESOL start dates listed in the section below. Instead of completing your TEFL/TESOL training and cultural orientation in Japan, you will complete it over a 4-week period online several months before you head to Japan.

TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course is tailored specifically to teaching English in Asia and includes the following:

  • 120-hour online training completed over 4 weeks
  • 1-week Japanese culture and language orientation
  • History and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language
  • Modules on how to teach English speaking, reading, listening, and grammar.
  • Modules on classroom management and teaching English to young learners in Japan.
  • Extensive lesson plan development and presentation and feedback both from peers and instructors
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group in Japan
  • One-on-one Skype presentations and lessons with qualified TEFL/TESOL instructors
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management
  • Internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate and personalized letter of recommendation from your instructor

Japanese Cultural Immersion Course

TravelBud’s in-depth week long cultural orientation is designed to acclimate you into Japanese culture through a combination of theoretical and practical learning in the form of educational lessons and cultural activities and excursions.

If you choose to do TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan, your first week will include the following:

  • Multiple lessons on Japanese culture, society, history, politics, and geography
  • 7 hours of Japanese language lessons
  • Cultural excursions:
    • To the famous Nagoya Castle
    • The Tokugawa Art Museum
    • An authentic Japanese cooking class
    • A walking tour of Nagoya
Nagoya Castle

Nagoya Castle located in Nagoya, central Japan. Image source

Cooking classes in Japan

Take part in an authentic Japanese cooking class

Take part in a walking tour of Nagoya.

Take part in a walking tour of Nagoya.

You’ll also get to meet fellow teachers and forge new life-long friendships from all over the globe while participating in exciting cultural activities and excursions.

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during these cultural excursions. As we place teachers across Japan, 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.

If you opt for TravelBud’s online TESOL course, your cultural lessons will also be completed online before you depart for Japan and you will have the opportunity to participate in some of the cultural excursions listed above within your first month of arriving in Japan.

Miso Soup

A ramen, miso, or sushi fan? Or perhaps a fan of one of the countless other mouth-watering Japanese dishes? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Osaka

Visit Osaka city at nighttime.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher in Japan, you’ll earn $2000 to $2500 per month. This will comfortably cover your living expenses and also give you the opportunity to save money and explore Japan in your free time.

How much does it cost?

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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We offer three program options:

OPTION 1

In-class TEFL/TESOL Certification, Guaranteed Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

The in-class TEFL/TESOL course is tailored specifically to teaching English in Japan and will give you valuable insight into Japanese culture and the specifics of teaching in a Japanese classroom.

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team.

$550

What's included?

In-class TEFL/TESOL, guaranteed job placement, orientation and 24/7 support

The 120-hour in-class TEFL/TESOL gives you the best possible preparation and ensures your students get the best education. We also guarantee you a job placement so you can start earning straight away.

$2050

What's included?

Total

$2600

OPTION 2

Online TEFL/TESOL Certification, Guaranteed Job Placement and Support

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$550

What's included?

Initial Program Fee and Internationally Accredited Online TEFL Course

Payable within a week before your TEFL course starts.

$700 $550

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

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable upon receiving your contact offer.

$950

What's included?

Total

$2050

OPTION 3

Already have a TEFL/TESOL Certificate?

Take our Guaranteed Job Placement and Support option

Initial Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$550

What's included?

Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable within 3 days of receiving your job contract.

$1200 $950

What's included?

Total

$1500

 

What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your deposit, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

  • 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.

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Japan experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off placement fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in Japan, we will organise job placement for you – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

 

What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

  • 3 Week in-class TEFL/TESOL course with an experienced instructor, tailored to teaching in a Japanese classroom, also available as an online course option (if you chose the online option or qualified for the orientation & placement only option on this program, your final fee will have been adjusted to exclude this)
  • 1 Week cultural immersion course packed with excursions and classes to help you adjust to and embrace Japanese culture and society, and ease into your new cultural setting
  • Airport pickup, sim card and more
  • Guaranteed Job Placement at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements
  • 24/7 in-country support for everything from basic advice to help resolve issues which might arise with your employer or landlord to crisis management in the case of emergencies
  • Access to our teacher network, our TEFL/TESOL education team and a wide array of online teaching resources to help you in succeed your job in the classroom
  • TravelBud’s popular Lifetime Placement Guarantee where we’ll place you at a trusted school in any of our other Teach English Abroad destinations free of charge once you complete your contract in Japan – includes our 24/7 support and cultural immersion course, and never expires

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

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. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

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

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending 1 to 2 months in Japan before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through this period.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits, but there will be some costs that come up which are unavoidable.

If you are completing TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan, we recommend taking a total of at least $4,300 with you to cover your for your first 2 months of being in Japan before you receive your first paycheck.

If you are completing TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course or enrolling in our Placement Only program, you’ll only need to budget for 1 month of being in Japan before you receive your first paycheck. While you can budget more conservatively, we recommend taking a total of at least $2,500 for your first month of settling into your new surroundings and school placement.

That being said, you might find that you need more money to suit your lifestyle or to buffer unexpected expenses.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits and speak to our team for more thorough guidance on what budget would suit you best:

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Change to your currency. Default prices in US Dollar (USD). Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Budget for 1 month during the in-class TESOL course in Nagoya, Japan

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 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 teaching:

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Japan TESOL course and first month of teaching english in Japan.

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 bring no less than $4500 USD with you when you arrive in Japan to buffer any unforeseen costs prior to your first pay check.

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending.

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

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered, 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) and you will be able to enjoy your time teaching and traveling in Japan and save a good portion of your salary to fund your bucket-list travel adventures, pay of student loans, and return home with some savings to your name.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

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

Budgets

What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

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. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

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

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

Bear in mind that you will be spending 1 to 2 months in Japan before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through this period.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits, but there will be some costs that come up which are unavoidable.

If you are completing TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan, we recommend taking a total of at least $4,300 with you to cover your for your first 2 months of being in Japan before you receive your first paycheck.

If you are completing TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course or enrolling in our Placement Only program, you’ll only need to budget for 1 month of being in Japan before you receive your first paycheck. While you can budget more conservatively, we recommend taking a total of at least $2,500 for your first month of settling into your new surroundings and school placement.

That being said, you might find that you need more money to suit your lifestyle or to buffer unexpected expenses.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits and speak to our team for more thorough guidance on what budget would suit you best:

Currency Converter

Change to your currency. Default prices in US Dollar (USD). Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Budget for 1 month during the in-class TESOL course in Nagoya, Japan

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 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 teaching:

You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your Japan TESOL course and first month of teaching english in Japan.

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 bring no less than $4500 USD with you when you arrive in Japan to buffer any unforeseen costs prior to your first pay check.

Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending.

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

Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered, 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) and you will be able to enjoy your time teaching and traveling in Japan and save a good portion of your salary to fund your bucket-list travel adventures, pay of student loans, and return home with some savings to your name.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

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

When can I start Teaching English in Japan?

In-Class TEFL/TESOL Course in Nagoya, Japan

TravelBud’s NEW in-class, in-country TEFL/TESOL course and cultural orientation which takes place over a month and provides the following benefits::

  • Receive your Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL training in the country you’ll be teaching in: Japan
  • Acclimatize yourself with and fully immerse yourself in Japanese culture and heritage through TravelBud’s in-depth cultural immersion course to with the guidance from expats who have years of experience living in Japan as an English teacher
  • Spend your first month alongside fellow travelers from all over the globe who have also just arrived to teach English in Japan. They will form part of your valuable network of fellow English teachers who will probably become lifelong friends from the memories you’ll share throughout this adventure together
  • Minimizing culture shock as you get to live your first few weeks with fellow participants and program coordinators
Intake DateCan I still apply?
30 November 2020Full (Closed)

2021

1 March 2021Full (Closed)
31 May 2021Spaces Available
30 August 2021Spaces Available
25 October 2021Spaces Available

2022

28 February 2022Spaces Available
30 May 2022Spaces Available
25 July 2022Spaces Available
24 October 2022Spaces Available

In-take Dates for online TEFL/TESOL course participants:

DayMonthYear
7September2020
5October2020
2November 2020
7December2020
2021
First Monday of every month
2022
First Monday of every month

How long is the teaching contract for?

  • Placements are for a minimum of 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay in Japan for more than a year.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • What to expect from the moment you touch down in Japan
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in Japan

When you arrive in Nagoya, you can count on:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Travel assistance to your accommodation
  • Your accommodation will be organised for you ahead of time
  • Welcome pack with tons of goodies for the month ahead

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job placement is guaranteed with TravelBud from the moment our we confirm your acceptance onto the program.

How does TravelBud’s job placement work in Japan?

If you’re completing TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan, your job placement will, in most cases, be arranged before you leave home with the final details being confirmed with our in-country placement team during the TEFL/TESOL course. You’ll head off to your new job shortly after your TEFL/TESOL course graduation ceremony.

If you are completing TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course, your job placement will be arranged and finalised before you depart to Japan. Once our placement team have confirmed a placement for you and your visa and work permit is sorted, you’ll be jet-setting straight to your new teaching job in Japan.

How does TravelBud vet the schools it works with?

TravelBud’s placement team have years of experience placing teachers all over Asia and have strong long-lasting relationships with all the schools we work with. All the schools we work with undergo a strict vetting process to ensure they meet what we believe to be the essential working conditions for our teachers.

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?

We place teachers in:

  • Big or small cities
  • Suburban areas

You can teach:

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

Keep in mind that placements do depend on what jobs are available.

We will always to our best to accommodate your preferences.

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

Do schools provide lunches?

Most schools do not. We recommend bringing a packed lunch to school or finding an affordable spot to eat nearby your school.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

What type of school will I be placed at?

TravelBud works mostly with private schools and language centers throughout Japan. While public school placements are available, they are in limited supply.

What age group will I be teaching?

Most of our placements are for young learners aged anywhere from kindergarten to high school but you may be required to teach some adult classes too, depending on the school you’re placed at. TravelBud’s TEFL/TESOL course will prepare you for teaching all age groups in Japan.

What are the working hours?

  • You will generally teach for 30 to 40 hours per week, 5 days a week. That’s about 6 to 8 hours a day.
  • Japan has a “work to live” work culture where locals in all professions often work longer hours than required. The same may be expected of you and you will be guided through adapting to this type of work culture during TravelBud TEFL/TESOL course and cultural immersion course.
  • School hours depend on the type of school you are placed at. With the majority of our placements being at private schools and language centers, you will likely work weekends and later shifts, with two days off per week.
  • It is common in Japan to travel long distances to work, which can range from 1 to 2 hours for some placements. Japan has a highly developed public transport network so this is a great time to catch up on work, prepare for lessons, chat to friends and family back home, or listen to your favourite podcasts.

Will my school provide any training or orientation before I start teaching?

Most schools will provide an additional 1-2 week orientation, in addition to the training you’ll receive during TravelBud’s TEFL/TESOL and cultural immersion course.

The orientation provided by your school will be focused on the teaching style and curriculum of the school, as all schools aren’t the same.

This orientation will take place before you start teaching and will in most cases be paid.

TravelBud’s TEFL/TESOL course will prepare you for how to combine your TESOL training and your school’s teaching style curriculum to deliver the best lessons and overall education to your students in Japan.

Are there sports or activities after school which I will need to attend?

No, you won’t typically be required to do anything at school after teaching hours.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the job is not working out for you, TravelBud will place you in a different job.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our applicants are generally very happy with their placements.

Our team is also available 24/7 throughout your placement in Japan. They will check in with you regularly to make sure you’re doing well, especially in the initial months at your placement and they are also available 24 hours a day to contact if you need assistance with anything – be it big or small.

How long is the teaching contract?

Your placement duration is for a minimum of 12 months and can be extended if you want to stay in Japan for another year or even longer!

What is the dress code for teaching?

Professional smart clothing is required unless your school says otherwise. This means collared shirts and chinos/slacks for men and conservative clothing for women covering the shoulders and knees.

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

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.

Where do I stay if I do the In-Class TEFL/TESOL course in Nagoya, Japan?

Your accommodation for your 4-week internationally accredited 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.

The accommodation TravelBud uses for the TESOL course has been carefully vetted and costs $650 USD for the month.

How much will rent cost?

Rental costs will vary depending on where you are living. You can expect to pay between $500 to $70-0 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.

During TravelBud’s in-class TEFL/TESOL course in Japan, you will share a room with someone from the same gender. You can opt for a private room but this will cost more.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you –
we’re here to help you through the whole process!

Why Teach English in Japan with TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

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

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Japan. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Accredited in-class TESOL in Japan

Job Placement Guaranteed

Lifetime job placement with your once-off program fee

If you’d like to move to another program after teaching in Japan, we will facilitate this at no cost.

Cultural immersion course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in Japan and introduces you to Japanese history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation, transport and spending money

We invest a lot of time into providing accurate expectations of what to budget for your first few months in Japan. Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

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.

Teach English in Japan FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in Japan?

If you are in search of a 1 year vibrant experience teaching, traveling and earning great money abroad ($2000 USD to $2500 USD per month), this is the perfect program for you. You will be paid in the local currency – the Japanese Yen – and will earn between 216,900 and 271,100 Japanese Yen per month.

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.

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. TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course is perfect if you’re looking for an internationally accredited and interactive course which is tailored specifically to Japan.

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 TESOL course takes 4 weeks to complete.

You have 2 options for Japan in terms TESOL/TEFL certified. You can do TravelBud’s online TEFL/TESOL course or you can do our in-class TESOL which takes place over your first month in Japan in the city of Nagoya, which we highly recommend for the best experience.

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. When you arrive in Nagoya for our in-class TESOL course, you can count on airport pick-up and travel assistance to your accommodation.

If you complete your TESOL course online before heading to Japan, you’ll also be collected from the airport and driven straight to your placement.

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.

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 30 to 40 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!

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