Teach Japan

Teach Japan


Status : Program Open
Embassy : Open
Vaccination Required : No
PCR Required to Enter : No

Explore one of the richest cultures and most beautiful scenery in the world. Japan has an ancient culture of beautiful traditions, art, amazing food, and advanced technology, offering teachers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind country.
Teachers are placed throughout Japan and work in language centres as well as in private and public schools. You will be able to take advantage of many public holidays and some vacation leave to travel the region and country, using every free moment at your disposal to have fantastic adventures.

Teaching English abroad is an excellent alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. It also serves as a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while experiencing the rich culture of the East.

Teaching in Japan is the chance of a lifetime to explore an ancient culture and enjoy amazing scenery.

Highlights and Benefits:
- Earn US$ 1,650 to 2,250 per month.
- Flexible placement start dates throughout the year
- Live the real-Japan experience! Placements are available in schools or language centres that have branches across the country.
- 12-month renewable contracts.
- Paid vacation
- Working visa support
- Incredible orientation weekends in-country.  Meet your fellow teachers while immersing yourself in the rich culture of Japan!
- Lifetime placement guarantee
- Background check on school
- Extensive pre- and post-placement support

Top Placement Areas:
1. Nagoya
2. Osaka
3. Hiroshima
4. Fukuoka

Placement Types:
1. Private 20%
2. Public 80%
3. Single school placement
4. Multiple school placement

Cultural Immersion:
Many of the issues and challenges that one faces when teaching in a foreign country are rooted in cultural differences and language barriers. Gaining a thorough understanding of language, history and culture is imperative to making a success of teaching in Japan. Preparing to teach abroad with this mindset, results in a smoother cultural integration, making the experience more enjoyable and enlightening.

Our cultural immersion orientation weekends delve into the heart of Japanese culture and values through in-class instruction and active-learning cultural excursions to various sites of cultural and historical significance. Prior to arrival, we also provide an in-depth 40-hour online cultural orientation course, providing language lessons and culture modules to build a strong foundation.

Examples of Excursions:
- Japanese Cooking Class
- Trip to Nagoya Castle
- Walking Tour of Nagoya
- Trip to Tokugawa Art Museum


- Age between 21 and 40. Applicants younger and older will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- Any Bachelor’s degree from a South African institution
- 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate
- Minimum of 12-month commitment
- Native English speakers
- Good mental and physical health
- No criminal history
- Drivers licence for public schools
- South African, Namibian and case- by-case for other foreign passports
(US, Canada, NZ, Australian, Irish or British accepted too)

Start/Finish Dates

Placements start any time of year for private language centres.
Public schools have two major start times of the year: March and September.

Visa Info

Visa Support by our partners in Asia to obtain a work visa to live and work in Japan for a year

You will be provided with a comprehensive visa checklist. Items may include as your Bachelor’s degree, transcripts, Police check, health form, TEFL/TESOL certificate, references, employment contract to name a few


Admin fee R9950
Program fee $650
Other fees Please see More Info below
Visa fees See More Info
Travel Insurance 1 Month policy for arrival in Japan R1795 - Up to age 29 R1900 - Over 29 years included for FREE by school once in country
Airfare (approx) R8000 - R15 000
Recommended Spending Money US$2500 - US$4000


Application Time:
Average of 4 - 6 months from the initial application until arrival in Japan

Application Process:
Contact OVC today to begin the process. You will need to meet the requirements listed in the eligibility section. OVC will give a full checklist of documents needed to begin the placement process.

Working hand-in-hand with our partners in Asia, you will be placed, attend an online and in-country arrival orientation and move smoothly on to your placement to begin your Asian adventure!

More Info

Additional costs for Documentation Budget:
- Degree notarized, apostilled
- Visa - USD$50-80
- SAPS Clearance - R160
- Bank Acc Setup - No charge
- Medication Shots/Vaccination - USD$0-500
- Refundable House deposit - USD$150

*No shots are 100% compulsory. Consult your doctor for shots
**If requesting your own room during course/orientation, and a room is available, cost is an additional $500

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