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Teach English in Japan (Online TESOL)

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12 months
21 to 40

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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 island of the unexpected. 

To experience the whole of Japan – one needs a lifetime. Or, you can get your TESOL certification in Japan and become an English teacher in the Land Of The Rising Sun – and explore your new home to your heart’s content. 

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. 95% of Global Travellers are placed in teaching positions within a fortnight of passing their TESOL. 
  • TESOL Course. Your online, 120-hour (4 weeks), internationally recognised TESOL course is included in this trip. Learn from our experienced TESOL trainers including 1 on 1 feedback sessions.  
  • Local Activities & Experiences. Once you arrive in Japan, get the lay of the land and experience the highlights of your new home with a range of cultural activities and experiences. These may include a Japanese cooking class, a walking tour of Nagoya, and a visit to an ancient Japanese Castle and temple. 
  • Cultural Foundations Course. Know before you go with our cultural foundations course. Learn the language basics, cultural norms, and fascinating history of Japan.

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

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 local income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

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.


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Cultural foundation course
Local cultural experiences
Interview preparation
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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 21-40 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 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 on your side 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 pesky visas. No guesswork – only the right paperwork in your hands before you leave. 

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

Japan has a unique culture that’s different from what most foreigners are used to. We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for you. 

Which is why you’re required to take a 40-hour, online Japanese culture course before you arrive in Japan. This course is designed to help you adapt to Japanese life easily. There are a number of modules to make sure you know everything you need to know before you arrive. There are lectures, quizzes, and interactions with other travellers planning to teach English in Japan.

Next, you’ll do your 120-hour TESOL certification online. While you’re at it, our in-country partners will start preparing you for your job search and start getting all your documents sorted out. 

Our goal is to get you a job offer before you finish your course or shortly thereafter. So you know which school you’re going to, where in Japan it is, and exactly what to expect once you’re there. 

You’ll fly into the nearest airport to your placement. Your school will tell you the best way to get to your accommodation using public transport. 

If your teaching position doesn’t provide accommodation, our local team will work with you until you have a comfortable home you’re happy with – complete with the modern technology that’s standard with Japanese living. 

Rent is around 350 - 650 USD a month, excluding water and electricity. Accommodation is often single occupancy in a studio apartment. You might find a private room in a larger shared house with shared utilities. You’ll be asked to pay a 1 – 2 month deposit at the time of moving in. 

To help you get a feel for your new home, this trip includes the following activities (weather dependent): a Japanese cooking class to impress your friends back home, walking tour of Nagoya, a visit to an ancient Japanese castle, or a trip to Tokugawa Art Museum. 

These activities happen over weekends in Nagoya. So you can join in on the weekend closest to your arrival. 

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. 

And if there’s an emergency, you can use our 24/7 emergency support lines for anything urgent. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience.

We’re with you every step of the way.


To qualify for this trip you must have a Bachelor’s Degree in any field. You also must be a native English speaker and have a valid passport from a native-English speaking country. You must bring a laptop to help with your classroom duties.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, criminal background check, souvenirs, and spending money.


If accommodation isn’t included in your teaching placement, our team will help you find a comfortable home you’re happy with close to your teaching placement.

Trip itinerary

Before departure

Complete your 120-hour online TESOL certification from anywhere with an internet connection.  You’ll also need to complete the 40-hour online cultural foundations course before you leave.  Our in-country partners will then start sending out your resume and getting you ready for job interviews. Once you’ve secured a job, it’s all-systems-go getting your visa and other documentation sorted.


You’ll fly into the nearest airport to your teaching position. Your placement school will give you detailed instructions on how to get to your accommodation from the airport using public transport.  Most schools have an orientation period of 1 - 2 weeks. This differs from school to school but in most cases you receive your full pay during this orientation period.


 All jobs are different, so how your life as an English teacher in Japan looks is different for everyone.  We offer cultural orientation weekends a few times a year in Nagoya. You’re invited to join in on one of these weekends soon after you arrive in the country.  This may include the following seminars and workshops: Interviewing and working with schools and agents Adjusting to working in a local school workshop Visa and work permit presentation Japanese culture Eating local food and food budgeting  Japanese language (6 hours) Organisational culture and adjusting to working in a local school  Diversity in the local context  There are also a range of active learning excursions which may include the following:  Tokugawa Art Museum Japanese Cooking Class Shirotori Garden Visit and Traditional Japanese Tea Tasting Japanese Calligraphy Class Head to Local Market Osu Cannon, visit Shinto and Buddhist shrines and temples Guided Tour of Nagoya Castle Although the work ethic in Japan is extremely high, you’ll still get plenty of time off to explore your new home. Spend your weekends and holidays discovering ancient temples, snow-capped peaks, or the back alleys of modern cities.  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. And our 24/7 emergency support line will help with urgent matters.  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. 

Before you land in Japan you’ll be given detailed instructions on how to get to your accommodation using public transport. 

Nagoya is where you’ll enjoy a wide range of local activities and excursions included in your trip along with your new teacher friends. 

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 80,000+ 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 set foot in Japan. 

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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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

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!

What if I don't have any teaching experience?

No experience? No problem! Most Teach trips include a comprehensive in-country TESOL/TEFL course and certification. Led by experienced instructors, these courses equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in the field. All in-country courses include in-person teaching practice with real students so you can gain practical experience as well as cultural immersion, to ensure success when you're out in the field.

Am I guaranteed a job after completing the TESOL/TEFL course?

One of the huge advantages of choosing Global Work & Travel for your Teach adventure is our commitment to helping you secure your first paid teaching placement. Our in-country partners have a stellar reputation for training highly competent and confident English Teachers. With their extensive network of schools and language institutes, they work diligently to set you up with a paid placement. Once you complete your TESOL/TEFL course, or sometimes even before finishing it, our in-country team will set up interviews, prepare you for success, and guide you towards securing your desired teaching position. Then it's off to enrich the lives of students with your English wisdom!

Will I be provided with accommodation during my Teach trip?

Most Teach trips include initial accommodation, and our in-country partner will provide resources to help you find a clean, comfortable, and affordable place to stay during your teaching placement. It's common for our teachers to develop great friendships and opt to live and work together. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the modern, nice, and affordable accommodation options available to you. Rest assured, we'll ensure you have a comfortable home away from home during your Teach trip!

Will I earn enough to get by when teaching?

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary depending on the teaching destination, all our teachers on the field earn more than enough to cover their living expenses and save some funds for exciting side trips or future travels. Many teachers even take advantage of additional tutoring opportunities to further boost their income. You can rest assured that your teaching placement will provide you with sufficient financial resources to support yourself and enjoy the incredible experiences that await during your time abroad.

Can I teach in other countries afterwards?

Absolutely! Once you've successfully completed your TESOL/TEFL course and initial placement in the country you booked, you'll have developed the skills and experience necessary to excel in English teaching. Many of our teachers take advantage of this and choose to explore other fascinating destinations while leveraging their English teaching skills as a means to work and travel the world. It's an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in different cultures, and continue making a positive impact through teaching. The possibilities are endless when it comes to teaching in multiple destinations - the world is literally your oyster!

What if I already have a TESOL/TEFL?

While we acknowledge your existing TESOL/TEFL, we require all our teachers to complete our comprehensive TESOL/TEFL Course & Certification included in the trip package. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skillset, practical experience, and premium accreditation for success in the field. Even teachers with prior TESOL/TEFL certifications, including those with extensive professional teaching experience, have found immense value in our course. Our courses provide local language and cultural training, lesson planning, in-class observation and evaluation, and more. It serves as a refresher, helps you acclimate to the local environment, make lifelong friends, and ensures you are fully confident when applying your teaching skills.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! 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?

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 want 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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1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

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. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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