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