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When you arrive, our in-country team will greet you along with the other interns (unless you are required to complete a quarantine). After the one-week orientation, you’ll travel to your placement area by bus, train, or plane.

When you arrive, you’ll get a full week of cultural orientation.

You will learn about Japanese culture, language, and society at orientation, as well as build friendships with other teachers over the welcome meal. Visits to famous landmarks local museums that bring the country’s history to life have all been previous cultural excursions.

Master the local greetings, become acquainted with the local customs, put your TEFL abilities to the test, meet new people, and eat, a lot! It’s time to begin teaching English in Japan, whether at a private language school, a private primary or secondary school, or a government school.

Interns have been placed in cities all across the world in the past! As a fast developing country, interactive whiteboards and digital tools are becoming more frequent in private language school classes. Public schools have larger class sizes and less technology than private schools, but they make up for it with high levels of student engagement.

Congratulations, you did it! Be sure  to congratulate yourself on your accomplishment. It’s time to choose whether you want to see more of Japan, travel, or teach (or both).

By renewing your contract, you may be able to extend your stay in Japan and teach for a longer period of time. As a confident and experienced TEFL teacher, your options are limitless.


Hi everyone, My name is Saoirse! I’m from Ireland and I’m currently a kindergarten teacher in Hiroshima, Japan. I’m also an actor and a singer. On my days off, I like to travel, go for walks and buy bagels.

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Although there are positions available in both urban and suburban areas around the country, the majority of positions are in suburban communities. Applicants should express their preferred location, as teachers usually go through an interview process with a school or language centre that has locations throughout the country. Shortly before or during their training week, teachers are assigned a location. Smaller towns are typically used for placements.
Group size 20
availability 10

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If you are interested in teaching English in Japan and would like to learn more, request a call with one of our experienced travel advisors about this opportunity.

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    Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat, and then you’ll be on your way.

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    Cultural Excursions

    Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We know there are certain adventures that cannot be missed out on! So make sure to take a look above at these recommendations from past TEFL interns in Japan, and create your own Japan bucket list!

    Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    Japan has a well-developed and user-friendly public transportation system. High-speed trains connect many cities. This makes travelling within Japan a breeze. You can experience so much of Japan and what it has to offer throughout your trip!

    Teach & Travel

    Teach & Travel

    With the opportunities we have available, the average monthly income ranges from $1650 to $2300. The savings potential for new teachers is projected to be between $150 and $400 per month, depending on spending patterns and pay.

    Work Schedule

    Work Schedule

    There are two main types of teaching positions available in Japan – public schools and private language centres. The role is slightly different in each school type, as are the working times.

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    Thank you Sorcha with your kind efficient help this afternoon, I am very grateful for your help.Alice
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    11:39 24 Jun 24
    I had an issue today with my account and Sorcha from the Tefl Institute of Ireland was very helpful and sorted out the situation. I have gone for the Italy Internship and i have to say, I have gained insights from the directors of studies who interviewed me so far. The great thing with this company that is you will be assisted all the way with anything that you need. Thank you.
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    11:26 24 Jun 24
    Customer Care was fantastic, the horrors of attempting to navigate through all the different TEFL courses on Google was anxiety inducing and nauseating, however stumbling across the TEFL Institute of Ireland and having a chat with Sorcha definitely calmed my nerves a bit. Sorcha was extremely helpful and was quick to answer my endless amount of questions and in detail. I am hoping to take that leap of faith and partake in the course.
    Ryan B.
    10:10 24 Jun 24
    I have just enrolled in the program so I don't know enough yet to comment on the lectures. Five stars, at this point, are going to Elaine Lenane for her guidance even before my enrolment, and all the help provided by her. I am ever so grateful to her. Also, 10% coupon helped a lot. Thank you for that TEFL Institute!
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    12:06 22 Jun 24
    recently I had the pleasure of booking a tefl course.I had a lot of questions and needed a lot of advice.I recieved outstanding customer care from Walter Cullinan.Walter was so professional and patient and available to answer all my questions.He was prompt returning calls and guided me and answered all my queries.It was a pleasure to get 5 star customer care.Thank you Walter for being amazing.
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    I made an enquiry at the Tefl Institute for a refresher course, Tracy was super helpful in advising me the options and explaining to me which will work best. Thank you Tracy. Much appreciated.
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    The TEFL institute of Ireland is a great option to get a TEFL certification. They have multiple levels of TEFL to choose from. You can complete the course at your own pace, and get extensions if needed. The staff are always there to help, and the one time I did need assistance, the TEFL advisor I spoke to, Sórcha O' Connell, was not only very helpful, but also got back to me almost immediately.
    Sara J.
    11:14 21 Jun 24
    Sorcha was very helpful in assisting me by sending me my 180hr level 5 cert online even though the course had expired. And also extended the other courses on my account by an extra month with no fuss. Excellent service.
    shane S.
    15:04 19 Jun 24
    Really enjoyed the course, it was thorough and provided the specific learning objectives that I was looking for, reccommend!
    Justice A.
    14:27 19 Jun 24
    I'm South African and planning to teach English in Cambodia and Vietnam. I am going to sign up for the 30 hour IELTS EXAM course due to the need for people in those countries to meet the qualifying standards to study at English language universities etc.I must commend Walter Cullinan for the prompt responses given to my queries about the nature and scope of the course.I am not impressed, however, in his lack of faith in the Irish rugby team's chances of success against the Springboks.
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