TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TEACHING ADVENTURE IN JAPAN
Turn your dreams of experiencing Japan into a well-paid reality on this 12-month immersive teaching adventure.
With its quirky culture, orderly cities, age-old tradition and stunning scenery, Japan is the kind of place that’ll keep you on your toes. Somehow seamlessly blending calm with chaos and old with new, it’s a land of contradictions — and one that requires much more than a quick visit to understand.
On this 12-month teaching adventure, you’ll immerse yourself in all things Japan. BBQ your nights away at cosy Izakaya, get right in the thick of things on the daily commute and try learning one of the most unique languages around. Wherever your adventure takes you, it won’t be disappointing. Now, let’s make this happen!
This is the opportunity for you if…
-> You’re in (or have just graduated from) your final year of uni and are ready for a challenge that satisfies your urge to travel and kickstarts your career.
-> You’re fascinated by Japanese culture and language, and you want to experience it for yourself on a much deeper level than any short visit could provide.
-> You’ve explored other ways to teach in Japan, but the bureaucracy is way too confusing — you want to take an easier route that doesn’t dampen your excitement.
-> You’re curious to try teaching, and you’re ready to go all in to find out if it’s the right career path for you.
Is that you? Great. We’ve got you.
Since 2014, we’ve been connecting globally-minded grads with exciting alternatives to the traditional ‘grad job’ we’re all bored of hearing about. After starting our own careers abroad, we discovered the world has so much more to offer than life at home — and we’re all about helping you see and experience it.
We’ve designed our services to create a safe, supported way to catapult yourself into the unknown. It’s not as scary as it sounds with us in your pocket: we’re here to guide, support and advise you every step of the way, so you can be sure you’re making a great decision.
The 12-month hassle-free teaching adventure that you can start at any time. Get your journey to Japan off the ground quickly and easily with 1:1 guidance and support from an experienced team that’s got your back.
Find a job quickly and easily
Finding a teaching job in Japan doesn’t have to be hard. We’ve cut out the hassle to connect you with legit schools that’ll accept your application at any time of year. Forget competing with thousands of candidates and secure a position without the stress.
Take control of your adventure
Get ready — you’re in the driving seat of your own experience. Tell us where you want to work and when you want to go. We’ll do everything we can to meet your preferences, so you can live the adventure you’re dreaming of, whether that’s teaching a class of your own in rural Japan or assisting a local teacher in Osaka.
Skip the confusion, fast-forward to the fun
The Travel Grad team is here to guide you through all the confusing stuff — from gathering legal docs to applying for your visa. We’ll tell you which documents you need to submit and when, giving you peace of mind you’ll get it right the first time.
First-time teacher? Awesome!
A 120-hour online TEFL course will get you up to speed with the need-to-know best practices and classroom management hacks before you leave. You’ll arrive in Japan with the confidence and energy to take charge of the classroom and impact your students’ learning.
Make friends for life from day on
Around 80% of Travel Grads are solo travellers. If that’s you too, know that you’re not alone. You’ll meet the rest of the group over WhatsApp before heading off, so you can chat, meet up and arrive in Japan with a ready-made group of friends to share your journey with.
Immerse yourself in Japanese culture
Enjoy Japan in all its glory. We’re talking about the energetic, head-spinning madness of it all. Gain unrivalled cultural knowledge, make friends with the locals, get a taste of the renowned nightlife and lose yourself in the freedom of living abroad with people just like you.
YOUR PLACEMENT OPTIONS
Are you a supporting act or centre stage kind of grad? We ask because you’ve got two choices: you can either become an Assistant Language Teacher or run the show. It’s up to you…
Assistant Language Teacher Option
School: Japanese public school
Position: Teaching assistant
Schedule: Work at multiple schools on different days of the week
Requirements: Driving licence required to drive between schools (this is a must)
Salary: 220k Yen per month (gross)
Foreign Teacher Option
School: Private language centre
Position: Main classroom teacher
Schedule: Work at multiple branches of the same company on different days of the week
Requirements: No transport needed
Salary: 240-250k Yen per month (gross)
You’ll need to decide before you go, but no sweat. You can chat with our team about the options or have your questions answered on a call. That’s what we’re here for.
Oh, and the best part? Once you’ve chosen your placement, we’ll guarantee your choice and make sure it’s met.
WHEN DO YOU WANT TO GO?
Option 1: Public school
Start Date: March & September
Application Deadline: 15 October & 15 April
Option 2: Private school
Start Date: Any Time You Like
Application Deadline: Roughly 5 months before you wish to arrive
Get Your Journey off the Ground
Step 1: Apply
Complete our online application form to tell us about yourself.
Step 2: Chat with us on an Interview Call
We’ll be in touch within a couple of days to discuss things further & to help you decide whether or not this whole work-travel thing is for you! You'll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Step 3: Sign up
Secure your spot by paying your first instalment, and let the good times commence!
Once in, you’ll receive the deets to start your online TEFL, and we’ll hit go on the school application process. Don’t stress — we’ll walk you through every step and answer all your questions.
THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR YOU IF…
-> You’re a native English speaker who’s keen to make a difference in students’ lives by teaching them to speak your language.
-> You’ve got (or will soon have) an undergraduate degree in any subject, and you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture.
-> You're excited to take a rewarding full-time opportunity and can commit to a 12-month contract.
-> You have a clean criminal record and are ready to invest in making your journey happen.
YOUR INVESTMENT: £1,349
120-hour online TEFL course
Full application process assistance (incl. School application, visa process and related documents)
In-country support during your placement
Whatsapp group chat access to meet friends from the day you sign up
“TravelGrad was fantastic in helping me to overcome both administrative/bureaucratic barriers and the general anxieties of moving to the other side of the world. The service and support they offered was friendlier and more personal than other providers and made the whole process as smooth as could be.” - Cameron
You’ll also get access to two exclusive Travel Grad bonuses so you can hit the ground running:
Explore our Japan Members Area, where you’ll find tips and travel guides that prepare you for your journey
Browse our Lesson Plan Library for ready-made lesson plans you can use, adapt or take teaching inspo from
Flexible & Reassuring Payment Structure
Ease the burden on the bank and your mind by splitting the fee across two equal instalments: the first when you sign up, the second when you sign your employment contract. This is to reassure you that we’ll find you a contract you’re happy with.
After paying your first instalment, you’ll receive the login details to start your online TEFL. This qualification is then yours for life!
The Unavoidable Costs
Legally and safely moving to Japan involves a few extra costs, spread over the 6 months before you go. We’ll give you a heads up before they’re due, so you won’t be caught off guard.
Accommodation 50-65k yen/month
Travel Insurance ~ £400
Flight ~ £500
Initial spending money £1000+
Vaccinations~ Average is £100 (however, applicants have reported paying anywhere from 0-500. It really does depend on what you get, where you get it, and your own personal attitude to risk.
READY TO START YOUR NEW LIFE IN JAPAN?
-> An easy, supported route into teaching in Japan with other like-minded graduates
-> Expert support from a team that’s been in your shoes and knows their stuff
-> A placement at a kindergarten, primary or high school you can trust
-> Thorough personalised support to answer your questions and put your mind at ease
-> A life-changing experience that opens your eyes to the world
Is this the right option for me?
The fact you’ve made it this far suggests it is. If you’re a soon-to-be or recent grad looking to have control over your Japan teaching adventure with the step-by-step support and guidance to get you there, this is 100% the right option for you.
Can I apply with a friend or a group?
Yes, although in most cases we can place a maximum of 2 people together.
Will I be close to other Travel Grads?
Some people are, some people aren't. If you’d like to be placed close to other Travel Grads, let us know, and we’ll do everything we can to make it happen.
Will I have help finding accommodation?
Absolutely. TravelGrad is all about creating a ‘soft landing’, and accommodation is a huge part of this. Our on-the-ground partners will be there to offer their full support in finding a suitable place to live. Have no fear.
How do I know I’ll get my money’s worth?
We’ve put every effort into creating a service that puts your safety and happiness first. That means going the extra mile to make sure you feel relaxed, supported and excited the entire time. Past and present Travel Grads tell us this is exactly how they feel, so we’re sure your future self will think so, too.
Is it possible I won’t like it?
There’s no denying that living abroad has its ups and downs — it’s part of the experience. That said, our goal is to ensure you make the best decision for you. So to make sure you do, we share everything you need to know about life as a teacher in Japan during the application process. If at any point before you leave, you feel another opportunity is more suitable, just let us know, and we’ll see what we can do! Then, once you’re there, our team is only ever a text or call away.