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Have you ever considered living and working in the wonderful country of Japan? Commonly known as the 'Land of the Rising Sun', Japan effortlessly combines modern technology with a rich cultural history as well as being home to the world's third largest economy. The Japanese embrace a positive way of life, with some of the healthiest food on the planet. Japan can offer you an excellent opportunity to further your career whilst broadening your outlook on life.

Teaching in Japan

Japan is one of the most popular destinations for teachers looking to take their career overseas. Teachers can expect to earn higher salaries compared to other countries in Asia, with competitive benefit packages and enjoy the trappings of one of the most technologically advanced countries on the planet.

Working and living in Japan, offers excellent access to a unique culture and a country full of enriching traditions. You'll find an abundance of world class international, private and state schools for qualified teachers to choose from.

With the importance of education and strong academic performance ingrained in Japanese culture, schools are well funded and on the whole have excellent facilities. Students have a particularly strong work ethic and an enthusiasm to learn that helps to capture the hearts and minds of teachers who are fortunate enough to experience working and living in Japan.

There are more than 30 international schools in Japan, many of whom are members of the Japan Council of International Schools. They all teach in English and have plenty of vacancies throughout the year. Oh just to warn you, it’s not uncommon for teachers and students to come together to clean the classroom and canteen!

About Japan

Japan is located in East Asia, and is an island nation comprising of more than 6,800 islands, set within the Pacific Ocean. It's famous for sprawling high rise cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and an impressive collection of ancient temples.

Japanese culture is often described as being multifaceted and complex but also extremely fascinating. From the historical swashbuckling Samurai warrior to the nimble and picturesque tea sipping Geisha, the Japanese way of life is varied to say the least. An honest and polite exterior, ensures that Japanese society places a large amount of focus on everyone’s appearance and presentation.

Japan is full of contrasts, from the crowded capital of Tokyo with almost sky high buildings, youthful pop culture and loud neon signs to the more tranquil and refined city of Kyoto with thousands of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and red cherry blossom trees.

In terms of cuisine, Sushi is the national dish and noodles such as Soba are also popular. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try a high end dish, you’ll have to order Kobe beef a special grade of meat from Wagyu cattle. Where the cows apparently drink beer, are massaged with rice wine and listen to classical music!

Don’t be put off by the 1,500 earthquakes Japan suffers every year as it is one of the safest countries on the planet in terms of accidents and crime rates. The country is also renowned for its punctuality with the average train delay of just 18 seconds!

Teachers who have made the move

Ever since I qualified as a teacher, my family and I had harboured aspirations to experience life abroad. After some advice from friends we decided to take a look at Dubai. It seemed to be a city that was full of opportunity, cultural diversity, great weather and of course financial benefits.
Anthony Hall
Dubai English Speaking School
After teaching in South Wales for four years, I knew that I needed a change and a challenge in my life. I decided I started to look for jobs abroad and applied online to various schools. After an interview in London, I was offered an outstanding opportunity at The English College in Dubai.
Ben Davie
PE Coordinator at Gems Wellington Sillicon Oasis School
I moved to Dubai in 2008, having spent my previous teaching career in Scotland. Working in Dubai was attractive because I was looking for a better work/life balance. I had visited many times, so was comfortable with the culture.
Joan Clark
Deputy Headteacher

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