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English teacher vacancies in Japan

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English teacher vacancies in Japan

Post by momopi » May 18th, 2011, 3:40 am

Word is that many English teachers have left Japan, specifically in Tokyo area. Japanese schools are scrambling to fill vacancies and they're now offering sign-on bonuses and small increases in salary. So if you're willing to brave the meltdown situation, here's your ticket abroad!

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Post by odbo » May 18th, 2011, 4:25 am

on the plus side, i think southern japan is getting less radiation than the west coast of north america :lol:

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Re: English teacher vacancies in Japan

Post by Think Different » May 18th, 2011, 4:39 am

momopi wrote:Word is that many English teachers have left Japan, specifically in Tokyo area. Japanese schools are scrambling to fill vacancies and they're now offering sign-on bonuses and small increases in salary. So if you're willing to brave the meltdown situation, here's your ticket abroad!


Do those positions offer a livable salary? Is it possible to save any money at the end of the month? Or is it too expensive there for that?

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Post by odbo » May 18th, 2011, 6:35 am

I remember someone mentioning working (as an foreign english teacher) a good 200 miles from where they lived and using the bullet train to commute everyday :lol: And he had 2 room-mates in a 1 bedroom apartment. This was back in 2004-ish, it's probably only gotten worse since then (pay vs rent).

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Post by ladislav » May 18th, 2011, 8:47 am

Is there a link? And samples of these jobs and salaries/conditions?

http://www.ohayosensei.com

posts the same crappy jobs as before.
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Post by Rock » May 18th, 2011, 10:12 am

Think Different wrote:
momopi wrote:Word is that many English teachers have left Japan, specifically in Tokyo area. Japanese schools are scrambling to fill vacancies and they're now offering sign-on bonuses and small increases in salary. So if you're willing to brave the meltdown situation, here's your ticket abroad!


Do those positions offer a livable salary? Is it possible to save any money at the end of the month? Or is it too expensive there for that?


ladislav wrote:Is there a link? And samples of these jobs and salaries/conditions?

http://www.ohayosensei.com

posts the same crappy jobs as before.


Just taking a quick glance at the most current issue, it looks like most of the full time positions pay around 230,000 - 280,000 Yen / 2,839 - 3,457 US$ per month. Those that offer nearby apartments charge around 60K to 70K Yen / 740 - 864 US$ per month for rent and utilities. If you spent about US$1,000 on food, taxes, and miscellaneous, that would leave you with US$975 - 1,717 per month to sock away or US$11,700 to 20,604 per year. I don't know whether or not I was too optimistic on the expense side. But even if not, the savings do seem pretty meager for working your ass off full-time like that.

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Post by mackijs2008 » October 5th, 2011, 9:17 pm

I was looking at a couple of job advertisements on gaijinpot in Japan.

Most state that you must be currently residing in Japan.

Some state that they don't sponsor your work vise :shock:

How else are you supposed to get one? Is this a common problem even with the shortage of teachers?

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Post by Repatriate » October 9th, 2011, 4:10 am

Rock wrote: If you spent about US$1,000 on food, taxes, and miscellaneous, that would leave you with US$975 - 1,717 per month to sock away or US$11,700 to 20,604 per year. I don't know whether or not I was too optimistic on the expense side. But even if not, the savings do seem pretty meager for working your ass off full-time like that.

It's possible to save just as much in Thailand while working probably half as hard. I have done some part time teaching here and it's ridiculously simple. Most Thais have a poor work ethic so you get by on just conversation lessons.

In Japan they probably expect you to actually have lessons and be active.

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