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Abroad ESL Teacher for AEON

Summary(Review): Founded in 1973, AEON is one of the largest and well established private educational institutes with more than 3,000 employees and over 500 teachers. Current student enrollment exceeds 80,000 in more than 250 branch schools located throughout Japan. AEON offers a great opportunity for you to work and live in Japan with a competitive salary, flight allowance, furnished apartment, fully paid vacations, and more! No previous teaching experience or knowledge of Japanese is required to apply. You’ll be interviewed in Los Angeles or NYC if accepted.

Job Overview for Abroad ESL Teacher:

Salary Per Month:

Minimal: $2430
Maximum: $2580

Class Schedule:

Morning (9am-12pm)
Afternoon (12pm-3pm)
Late Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
Evening (6pm-9pm)

Student Ages:

Elementary & Junior (age 5-15)
High School & College Prep (age 15-18)
Adult (age 18+)



Job Details for Abroad ESL Teacher

Degree Required:

Bachelor or above

Certificate Required:



Native North American
Native UK
Native Australian/New Zealand
Native Ireland
Native South Africa

Min Hours Per Week:


Abroad ESL Teacher Job Description

AEON offers the best opportunity for you to work and live in Japan!

MONTHLY SALARY: 275,000 yen; under the 11% tax rate in Japan. The monthly salary is made up of a base salary of 255,000 yen plus a 20,000 yen fixed overtime allowance. Other allowances and extras may apply.
Gain teaching & international business skills
Professional & personal growth
Competitive salary
Flight allowance
Furnished apartment
Fully paid vacations
No previous teaching experience or knowledge of Japanese is required
Accepting applications year-round for interviews at our offices in Los Angeles and New York City!

Visit our recruiting website at http://www.aeonet.com.

Now accepting applications for our recruiting trips to the following cities:

United States

New Orleans, LA – March 26, 2020 (Application Deadline: March 15)
Denver, CO – March 28, 2020 (Application Deadline: March 16)
Seattle, WA – April 2, 2020
Atlanta, GA – April 4, 2020
Tampa, FL – April 15, 2020
Chicago, IL – April 18, 2020
Raleigh, NC – April 25, 2020
Sacramento, CA – May 7, 2020
Columbus, OH – May 14, 2020


Toronto, ON – March 21, 2020 (Application Deadline: March 9)

United Kingdom

London, UK – May 16 & 17, 2020
Edinburgh, UK – May 19, 2020


Melbourne, VIC – April 19, 2020

New Zealand

Auckland, NZ – April 17, 2020


Applicants who are currently residing in Japan and have a valid visa to work in Japan may apply for an interview through our Tokyo Recruiting Office: http://www.aeonet.com/recruiting-locations/

Job Description and Responsibilities

Teaching English at one of AEON’s 250+ branch schools in Japan requires:

One-year commitment: Teachers will work at one branch school throughout their entire contract period.
Enthusiasm to interact with students of all ages: At AEON students range from babies to retirees.
Organization and professionalism: All teachers have a 40-hour workweek consisting of 25 teaching hours, with the remaining hours spent on office responsibilities such as counseling students, interviewing prospective students, recommending texts, involvement in local advertising, and more!
Interest in Japanese culture: Teachers and students engage in cultural exchange inside and outside of the classroom and develop lifelong friendships.


School hours vary from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. depending on the day of the week. Teachers work a total of 40 hours per week which includes 25 teaching hours. Typical workweek is Tuesday through Saturday.


Teachers agree to work exclusively for AEON during the contract period.


Based on performance evaluations, successful teachers can be offered the option to extend their contract. Salary increases in subsequent years.

Teacher Training

All teachers undergo a week or more of training when they arrive in Japan
Continued trainings and workshops are offered throughout the contract period


Teachers plan, prepare and teach their own classes giving them valuable experience for their futures
AEON provides lesson plans and materials for our adults and kids lessons
State of the art technology is implemented in AEON’s classrooms through our digital lessons

Experiencing Japan

AEON has schools in every prefecture of Japan
Our schools are located in six interesting and different regions: Tobu Region, Shutoken Region, Chubu RegionKansai RegionSeibu Region and Kyushu Region
AEON teachers become friends with their students and can experience Japan from a local’s perspective

Position Offer

The candidate is given the name of the AEON branch school, information about the location, and the exact contract dates, as well as time to consider the position.

Offer Acceptance

  • Upon accepting the position offer, the recruiters will ask for information to complete the employment documents and visa application.
  • The contract and other important documents will be sent and the candidate will have time to read all of the information carefully.
  • A phone call will be scheduled to cover any questions the candidate has about the contract and terms of employment. During this call, the contract is signed.

Employment Documents and Visa Application

Employment documents are received from the new teacher, prepared and sent to Japan.
AEON submits the visa paperwork to Japanese Immigration officials for issuance of a Certificate of Eligibility (pre-approval document for the work visa) for the new teacher.


  • Recruiters send newsletters filled with information and tips on life in Japan and working at AEON, basic Japanese practice, and online quizzes to help our new teachers brush up on their English grammar skills.
  • Each new teacher is asked to write a letter of introduction to their school to introduce themselves to their new co-workers.
  • Recruiters are always available to answer any questions our new teachers have during their preparation.

Issuance of the Certificate of Eligibility

About three to four weeks before departure, the Certificate of Eligibility will be sent from Japan to the new teacher.
The teacher completes the visa application form provided by AEON and submits their application to their nearest Japanese Embassy or Consulate. For details on Japanese Embassies and Consulates, please visit: http://www.mofa.go.jp/about/emb_cons/mofaserv.html
The visa is generally issued about one week after the application is submitted.

Preparation for departure to Japan

New teachers will access AEON’s Pre-Departure website containing pre-training and other useful information.
Flight details are confirmed.
Two to three weeks before departure, recruiters will have a phone call with the new teacher to discuss details about their arrival in Japan and training.

Arrival in Japan

New teachers will be met at the airport by an AEON representative, who will assist them with forwarding their main luggage to their branch school.
Once everyone arrives at the airport meeting area, the group will head to the training center. Transportation cost from the airport to the training center is covered by AEON.

Get Connected

Facebook: https://facebook.com/AEONCorporation
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AEONCorp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aeon_corporation
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aeon-corporation
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/AEONCorp/

Abroad ESL Teacher Job Requirements

All applicants must have a strong and masterful command of the English language and a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Applicants must also be able to work in Japan. For those who need visa sponsorship, it will be provided by AEON. Therefore applicants must be eligible for a Specialist in Humanities/International Services Visa.

In order to be issued a Specialist in Humanities/International Services Visa, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs requires applicants to have relevant experience. This can be any one of the following:

A Bachelor’s degree in any major from an accredited institution in an English-speaking country and at least 10 years of education from schools where English is the primary mode of education.
A Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to English or English Education.
A Bachelor’s degree in any major and at least 3 years of verifiable experience teaching ESL.

Other Considerations

Teaching experience (and/or a teaching certificate) is helpful, but not necessary. AEON offers paid training in Japan.
Japanese language experience is helpful for daily life, but not necessary. Teachers speak English at the schools.
Applicants should possess a genuine interest in the culture and people of Japan as well as in teaching and business.


AEON recruits year round with positions starting every month of the year.
Applications should be made three to six months before one’s desired start date in Japan.
Candidates who do not yet have a Bachelor’s degree may apply before they finish their degree. Applications should be submitted no more than six months before the expected date the degree will be awarded.

Abroad ESL Teacher Salary and Compensation

Starting Salary: 275,000 Japanese yen per month
275,000 yen; under the 11% tax rate in Japan. The monthly salary is made up of a base salary of 255,000 yen plus a 20,000 yen fixed overtime allowance. Other allowances and extras may apply
Paid on-time directly to the teacher’s Japanese bank account
Teachers can travel, take Japanese lessons, go out with friends, and save for their future
Overtime: Teachers will receive additional overtime pay whenever teaching time exceeds 25 hours per week and when working outside the regular-scheduled workweek.
Bonus: One-time bonus is provided to teachers upon completion of their final contract. The bonus amounts are as follows:
Flight Allowance: 70,000 Japanese yen
Airfare to and from Japan are arranged and paid for by the teacher. A one-time, 70,000 yen Flight Allowance is provided for teachers who meet the criteria set by AEON. Teachers hired in Japan are not eligible for this allowance.
Paid after completing Initial Training in the teacher’s first month’s salary
Housing: Each teacher lives in their own single-occupancy apartment
Actual Japanese apartments; no company dormitories
Apartments are furnished
Rent is subsidized – Teachers only pay up to 55,000 yen per month no matter where they live in Japan
Teachers are provided a fully-furnished, private apartment with bathroom and kitchenette. Teachers are responsible for their monthly rent up to 55,000 yen and rent is automatically deducted from their salary. Teachers are responsible for their own personal expenses such as utilities, food, internet access and smartphone/cell phone costs.

Vacations and Holidays

All vacations and holidays are fully paid
National holidays
Three different one-week vacation periods throughout the year
5 personal days per year
Teachers will receive 3 one-week (approximately 7 days or more) paid vacation periods at designated times throughout the year and an additional 5 paid personal days per year to use. All Japanese national holidays are observed.

Commuting Expenses

If the teacher needs to commute by public transportation from the apartment to the school, the expenses are paid by AEON
All other commuting expenses related to AEON are also covered, e.g. trainings and workshops

Opportunities for Advancement

Being one of the largest companies in the industry, AEON offers a variety of career paths for our teachers

Contract Completion Bonus

One-time bonus paid upon completion of the final contract
Teachers completing 12-23 months receive 80,000 Japanese yen
Teachers completing 24 or more months receive 160,000 Japanese yen

Work Visa for Japan

AEON sponsors our teachers’ work visa for Japan

Health Insurance

All teachers are provided comprehensive health insurance through the Japan Health Insurance Association
Teachers are provided health insurance coverage through the Japan Health Insurance Association and must contribute into the Japan Pension Service. Approximately 40,000 yen per month is deducted from the teacher’s monthly salary for both the Insurance and Pension. Approximately 25,000 yen (Pension contribution) of this deduction is refundable from the Japanese Government for up to 3 years.

How to Apply to Abroad ESL Teacher?

Abroad ESL Teacher Interview Process & Tips

Apply Online

Through the recruiting locations page, candidates choose the most convenient recruiting location and submit their resume and essay. Applications are screened and successful candidates are offered an interview over Skype.

Skype Interview

Candidates complete a brief (10-20 minute), professional interview over Skype. During the Skype Interview, candidates will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss the responsibilities of an AEON teacher. Successful candidates will be invited to a General Meeting and Group Interview.

General Meeting and Group Interview

The General Meeting and Group Interview is an in-person interview where candidates will be able to learn more about AEON (and also observe and teach short lesson demonstrations).

Candidates are responsible for any expenses incurred in traveling to the interview sessions. Candidates must attend all stages of the interview process in order to be considered for a position with AEON. For those who live in countries outside of the areas where AEON has recruiting locations, it may be possible to complete the interview process through Skype.

Personal Interview

Candidates who pass the Group Interview will be offered a Personal Interview later in the same day.

Position Search

After a candidate has successfully completed the Personal Interview, AEON will begin the position search. When placing successful candidates, we take into consideration what unique set of strengths they can bring to the school, as well as the needs of the school and students. We also want our candidates to feel comfortable with their placement in Japan. During the interview process, candidates will be asked their preferences regarding school location, number of children’s classes they would like to teach, and the timing of their departure. AEON will try to accommodate these requests to the best of our ability. However, we are not always able to fulfill the requests since we can only offer positions that are open.

Position Offer

When a position offer is made, we will inform the candidate of the exact contract dates, location of the school, and types of lessons currently being taught at the school. Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity to read AEON’s Contract and Policy Manual thoroughly before signing.

Please visit http://www.aeonet.com for complete application instructions.

To apply, visit http://www.aeonet.com/recruiting-locations/ and select your desired interview location and upload your current resume and an essay entitled “Why I Want to Live and Work in Japan”. Applications without an essay will not be considered.

Company Information for AEON

AEON teachers gain teaching and international business skills while growing professionally and personally in Japan. From the flight allowance and furnished apartment to our competitive salary and fully paid vacations, AEON offers the best opportunity for you to work and live in Japan.

For four decades, the AEON Corporation of Japan has been an innovator in the field of English education, offering exceptional classroom and internet opportunities to study and master the language. Founded in 1973, AEON has grown to become one of the largest and most respected private educational institutes of its kind, with more than 3,000 employees. Current student enrollment exceeds 80,000 in more than 250 branch schools located within every prefecture of Japan. AEON employs a teaching staff of over 500 teachers and education specialists from English-speaking nations.

The AEON Corporation of Japan offers language instruction in a variety of group and private classes to Japanese students of all ages.

The main focus of AEON is to help Japanese adults and children improve their conversational English ability. For adults, AEON offers opportunities for our students to improve their everyday conversational ability as well as more specialized courses designed for business English and standardized test preparation. For children, AEON Kids lessons are designed to make learning English fun, while at the same time providing our students with a strong conversational foundation for their future. The majority of teachers at AEON instruct both adults and children.