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Teach in Japan (No Degree Required)

Experience
Teach
Destination
Japan
Duration
12 months
Ages
20 to 30
Degree
No Degree required

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Trip overview

Japan is a cultural powerhouse. From the dynasties of the 3rd century CE to modern life resembling a sci-fi movie – this is an archipelago of the unexpected. 

Historically, to become a TESOL teacher in Japan, you needed a degree…until now!

On this trip, you can become an English teacher in the Land Of The Rising Sun – even if you don’t have a degree! 

Which will give you enough time to explore all the nooks and crannies of this incredible country. 

When you book with Global, you get: 

  • Guaranteed Job Match. Once you’ve passed your TESOL course, our team will arrange interviews to help you land your dream job. All Global Travellers are placed in teaching positions before they arrive in Japan. 
  • Online TESOL Course. Your 120-hour (4 weeks), internationally recognised TESOL course is online and included in this course. 
  • Local Activities & Experiences. Get the lay of the land and experience the highlights of your new home with a range of cultural activities and experiences during your first few weeks in Japan. These may include a Japanese cooking class, a walking tour of the area, or a visit to an ancient Japanese castle and temple. 
  • Online Japanese Language & Culture Course. Charm the locals with a smattering of Japanese by learning the basics before you go. 

Can you imagine your life in Japan? You’re surrounded by the eclectic mix of old and new that’s so prevalent in this beautiful country.

The ancient shrines and temples tell the tantalising tale of Japan’s history – with the oldest ruins being 12,000-15,000 years old.

In the modern world, Japan birthed manga/anime, high-speed bullet trains, and a fashion scene found nowhere else on Earth. 

Let’s not forget the interesting culture, delicious cuisine, incredible natural landscapes (with ski slopes galore), friendly and polite people….

But this isn’t just a trip to Japan. It’s an opportunity for you to get a professional certification that gives you a meaningful occupation. With a good income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

All this, without even having a degree. This is your chance to live and work in Japan without spending years in university lecture halls first. 

When you book with Global, you book with the best. You get the full experience for a fraction of the hassle.

Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! Including helping you find accommodation, visa assistance, a range of exciting cultural activities, and so much more. 

IMPORTANT: This trip has ONE intake a year during the last week in March. Applications close at the beginning of December.

Inclusions

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Certified TESOL course
Guaranteed job match
Cultural foundation course
Local activities & experiences
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Arrival support
Interview preparation
Permanent accommodation support
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
Social
Global Academy
Marketplace deals
$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 20-30 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Teach English in Japan trip is designed to facilitate your transition to a rewarding life abroad. We are committed to saving you time, reducing stress, and ensuring a seamless journey. Here's how we make it happen:

From the very start, we become your partners on this journey. You will be assigned a Dedicated Trip Coordinator who will serve as your reliable guide, assisting you throughout the pre-departure stages of your trip.

Additionally, you'll have a Personal Travel Concierge at your disposal, staffed by real people, to help with flights, bookings, insurance, visa guidance, and any other specific requirements you may have. No robots here!

Before you leave, you’ll do a cultural foundations course to get you up to speed on life in Japan. 

Upon your arrival in the area where your school is, our local team will provide an airport pick up or detailed directions on getting to your accommodation.

And then, within a month of you arriving, you’ll join in with an orientation weekend. You’ll get to engage in activities such as discovering the art of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, visiting local historical sites, exploring vibrant markets, and participating in a sushi-making class. To foster connections, we organise social events and outings where you can connect with fellow teachers and build lasting friendships.

Our commitment to your success is unwavering. Your interviews and visa assistance for a  teaching position will start even before completing your TESOL course and will be finalised before you head over to Japan. Our local team will continue to assist you until a teaching position is secured, assuming you have successfully graduated from the TESOL program.

Our support goes beyond this phase. Throughout your journey, we maintain proactive communication to ensure that your experience proceeds seamlessly. If you have questions or concerns, our support is just a message, DM, email, or phone call away. Additionally, for any urgent situations, we offer round-the-clock emergency support.

Rest assured, we are dedicated to being with you every step of the way, ensuring your goals are met, and you savour an unforgettable adventure that will transform your life in Japan!

Requirements

Qualify for a Working Holiday Japan visa

    • Hold a passport from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, or Ireland 
    • Strict age limit of 30 years old 
    • High school diploma (schooling must have been in English)

Accommodation & meals

Where you stay will depend on where in Japan your teaching placement is. Although you can expect to stay in a standard private studio or private room in an apartment close to your school.

Although, normal accommodation in Japan is anything but standard. The Japanese penchant for innovation includes their homes – you’ll definitely discover a few ‘standard’ Japanese features that make your life much more comfortable. 

For example, without getting into too much detail, you’re in for a delightful surprise when you meet your first Japanese toilet. Those things are so advanced you’ll want to take one home with you. 

Each apartment will be unique, but you can be sure it’ll be cosy, clean, and affordable. You can expect to stay in a compact, one-bedroom unit. You might have basic amenities like a fridge, washing machine, and air conditioning. They typically have a separate bedroom and bathroom with a combined living and dining area. Some apartments even have a small balcony and may come with included WiFi. 

Like most countries, the cost of accommodation is different depending on where you go. In cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto a one-bedroom apartment in a central location could range from 50,000 to 100,000 Japanese yen. In smaller towns and rural areas the prices are significantly lower. 

Japanese people are proud of their culture and way of life. So learning some customs and etiquette is crucial to having the best experience. Things like taking your shoes off at the door or correctly sorting your trash go a long way. Although your orientation will cover a lot of this during your first few weeks in Japan. 

When it comes to meals, you’re in for a real treat! Food’s not included in your trip price, but there are plenty of wallet friendly options. Besides, buying food this delicious is an investment you’ll be happy to make. 

You can look forward to discovering the street food scene which fills the vibrant streets with drool-worthy smells of skewered yakitori, crispy takoyaki, and delicious oden. 

Ready to venture off the tourist track and put your new Japanese language skills to the test? Then wander into the bustling food markets to discover a variety of seafood, fresh produce, authentic sushi rolls, and locally sourced delicacies. 

Don’t forget the traditional dishes like Hakata ramen – known for its rich broth and tender noodles. Or the seafood that’s so fresh and delicious it’s eaten raw as sashimi – although grilled fish is equally abundant if you’re less adventurous. 

You could use a lot of words to describe your life in Japan. But ‘delicious’ will definitely be one of them.

Trip itinerary

Pre-Arrival

You will participate in an online Japan culture and language course. It will cover: Japanese culture Japanese language basics Organisational culture and adjusting to working in a local school  Diversity in the local context  Japanese history Eating local food and food budgeting    You will also complete your online (4 week) TESOL course before departure. 

Arrival

Before you arrive in Japan, the school who hired you will be in touch with regards to airport transfer and transport arrangements, accommodations and visas. You’ll be given detailed instructions on how to get to your accommodation.

Week 1

To help you adjust to life in your new home country, your first week in Japan will be spent doing some orientation and teaching training.

Orientation Weekend

Once you’re at your placement, a few weeks to a month into your teaching tenure, our partner will organise an orientation weekend to have some fun cultural activities and meet other teachers. The orientation weekend may include: Tokugawa Art Museum Head to Local Market Osu Cannon, visit Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples Guided Tour of Nagoya Castle

Ongoing

Your working days will follow standard working hours of around 8AM to 5PM. You’ll teach 4-6 classes of 40-50 minutes each day with an hour-long lunch break. The rest of your working time will be spent on administration, such as lesson planning. We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support, our team is available to answer your questions. Don’t go alone. Go with Global.

Why choose us

Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re with you from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

Once you’ve passed your online TESOL, our team will get to work to find you your first paid teaching position.

More often than not, people are offered a paid teaching position before they even finish their course. In the rare cases this doesn’t happen – as long as you graduated from your TESOL –  our local partners won’t stop until you have a paid teaching position confirmed. 

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 82,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about teaching in Japan, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in Japan. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate teaching experience in Japan, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Why Teach

The main purpose of this trip is to get your TESOL qualification so you can teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world

You’ll do your 4-week TESOL course online before you even leave home. 

As tourism grows and globalisation makes the world smaller, English continues to be the ‘global language’ for mutual communication. 

Which means that people who live in non-English speaking countries could open up a world of opportunities for themselves and their communities by learning to speak English – even in modern and advanced countries like Japan. 

Japan takes education seriously. The strive for excellence is part of the culture in Japan, and this translates into their education system as well. 

Which means this is the perfect trip for someone who wants to follow a career in education, but wants to travel the world while they’re doing it. A stint as an English teacher in Japan will look great on your resume and set you up for success for a future in education.

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Why are you the best company to choose?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we pride ourselves on providing a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide, and let us assist you with visas, pre-departure preparations, flights, insurance, and tours. Throughout your journey, our cool tech features will support you every step of the way. As a Global Traveller, gain access to gWorld, our personalised app designed to enhance your travel experience. Keep important documents and trip details handy, and take advantage of exclusive Marketplace deals, a vibrant social network, language learning resources, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like having all your favorite travel apps merged into one, but even better! But our support doesn't end there. With four international offices, over 100 dedicated staff members, a 24/5 emergency team, and the backing of over 90,000 Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us, rest assured you're in good hands. We also proudly boast the most and best reviews in the biz, and maintain a massive following on our social channels including Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. Embark on your next adventure with confidence and ease. Join us and discover the world in a meaningful way!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

Why should I book now?

After the last unexpected disruption to travel caused by the..c word..people are now more eager than ever to venture out and explore the world, determined not to miss out on any experiences. Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12+ months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend or partner?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/5 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24 hours, Mon-Fri.

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