Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Programs other than JET

Since there is a possibility that I won't get into JET, I took a little time to research other English teaching programs in Japan. The two most popular ones seem to be Aeon and Nova.

I was a little more than disappointed with my findings. It looks like both programs pay less, offer less vacation, and make you work longer hours. Neither company has interview locations in Florida, either. Aeon even requires that you pay them a deposit once you are accepted.

I'm going to look into it a little bit more, but it looks like it is going to have to be JET or no Japan.


Anonymous said...

Even if you don't get upgraded, I would still recommend going. If you are engaged, I THINK you may be able to get a dependant's vis ( not sure if you have to be married to get this).

Once you are in Japan, you can then try and set up your own private teaching, 1-to -1 or eikaiwa classes.

Another possibility is to go with Nova/Aeon/Geos. They will get you your visa sponership for at least a year. You come over and work for the first month ( maybe diff city to EMily) after a few weeks or once you've been paid, leave. You will still have your visa then till it expires, they can't take it off you even if you finish working for them.

Then do what you want, go and live in Emily's town, do private tuition or try and find a job in a private English school.

Not getting on JET shouldn't be the end of things, if you still really want to go to Japan, there are ways!

loafer said...

Don't get completely discouraged if JET doesn't work out (and it still might). JET's really just the tip of the iceburg for teaching jobs in Japan.

And about the dependant's'd need to be married.

I'd say wait for your little lady to get set up with a placement, and then get looking around for jobs in and around her region--you can do this from Florida, or just fly over and stay with her on your 6 month tourist visa, and get sponsored from there.

If you want to make it happen, it'll happen. is a goldmine for jobs with independent english schools all over the place--especially in rural areas which is more than likely where she'll end up being posted. remember that there are peak hiring seasons...and you just missed the biggest peak (for an april start). the next peak season hires for September.

you don't want to work with aeon/nova/geos. dont even bother...its much more pain than it's worth. it's easy enough to get a visa sponsorship as a BA holder, which you are.

Here's a decent thread on it on BD:

loafer said...

here's another reputable job site: