Yaruki Switch Group is currently looking for energetic and dedicated Native English teachers for our Kids Duo schools in the Osaka area!
Known as Japan’s Second City, Osaka is often tragically overlooked as second fiddle to Japan’s larger, more infamous capital. But if Tokyo is the somewhat cold, impersonal, New York-esque metropolis of the North, then Osaka would be its laid-back, outgoing, and distinctly quirky counterpart to the South – and many feel that its more casual and friendly atmosphere is more conducive to making friends, chatting with locals, and enjoying the more authentic side of what Japanese culture has to offer. Situated in the heart of Kansai, Osaka is perhaps most famous for its eclectic culinary heritage. Historically referred to as ‘the nation’s kitchen,’ visitors are often overwhelmed by the enticing smells emanating from the food carts and street vendors lining the city’s neon-lit roads and alleyways, serving up regional specialties like takoyaki and okonomiyaki. It is home to Dotonbori, one of Japan’s most famous dining and lightlife districts, and Universal Studios Japan, the massive amusement park and popular tourist destination. Japanese history enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks, and Shitennoji, the first shrine ever to be built by the state. Its convenient central location also provides quick access to Kyoto, Japan’s historic and cultural epicenter, and Kobe, Kansai’s scenic city of lights – well within an hour by train.
Benefits & Compensation
Starting salary of ￥250,000/month. (Career advancement opportunities available.) Teachers receive fully-paid comprehensive initial training, during which accommodation and transportation reimbursement can be provided if necessary. Usable and transferrable experience & skills gained via regular teaching workshops held throughout the year. Ten paid vacation days a year (after 6 months of service), in addition to national holidays. Work-related commuting costs reimbursed. Social Security & Health Insurance provided. Visa sponsorship opportunities available, overseas applicants welcome!
Regular working hours fall within the hours of 9:00 – 20:30, 5 days a week (generally Monday through Friday.) Typical shifts include 9:30-18:30, 10:00-19:00, 11:00-20:00, etc. Working shifts are 9 hours per day; this means 8 working hours and a 1-hour lunch break.
The Kids Duo Method
Kids Duo represents a fresh new approach to the language learning process, focusing on creating a solid foundation of enthusiasm and self-confidence in speaking via interactive games and activities. Our motto is “Play in English, Learn in English,” and with this mentality in mind we strive to create a fun, safe, and comfortable environment in which our students learn usable, real life English – often without even realizing it! As a Native English Teacher, you are the centerpiece of a Kids Duo school. Kids Duo teachers work with their school’s Japanese Bilingual staff, administrative staff, and other Kids Duo teacher to coordinate and conduct fun and interactive lessons in which students can practice speaking and interacting in a 100% English environment. While Kids Duo has a set curriculum, teachers are actively encouraged to grow and expand on these foundations to create truly unique and personalized lessons; allowing ample creative freedom to inject passion and enthusiasm into your class. No one day is the same at Kids Duo, and you can expect to cover a broad variety of subjects including Music & Dance, Science, Social Studies, and Arts & Crafts – all of which are conducted in English, allowing students to be exposed to a plethora of unique and valuable English vocabulary.
You will be working at one of our educational brands (Kids Duo/ WinBe/ Kids Duo International/ i Kids Star) as a Native English staff. Your role may include:
・Engaging children using English in a variety of settings ・Creating exciting and fun, purposeful lesson plans, leading activities/classes and providing support to other staff when they lead activities/classes ・Working as a team and communicating to ensure the best possible experience for children, each and every day ・Supporting school management for smooth operation of the school and facilities ・Meeting and greeting fellow staff, sharing goals for the day, providing support and advice for each other as needed
Working hours vary among brands.
Working Hours Core time is listed below, but there may be slight changes between different schools and seasons.
【Kids Duo】 OPEN 9:00 to 20:30 Two shifts, morning and afternoon, 8 hours/day (+ 1 hour break) between the schools open hours. Staff rotate between shifts.
【WinBe】 OPEN 10:00 to 21:00 Weekdays: 13:00 to 21:00, Saturday: 10:00 to 18:00 8 hours/day (including 45min break)
【Kids Duo International / i Kids Star】 OPEN 8:30 to 17:30 8 hours/day (+1 hour break)
Holidays vary among brands.
・Staff generally work a 5-day work week (Sundays off plus 1 additional day a week) ・Public holidays, summer & winter holidays, paid holidays and miscellaneous holidays are also included ・Some school events are held on weekends
Abroad ESL Teacher Job Requirements
Must have a university degree （or be competent in verbal and written English and self-supported for their working visa）
Must be a native speaker of the English language
Must be ready to work as part of a team
Must be willing to commit for at least one year and the initial training period
Experience working at Pre-schools, After-schools, or English conversation schools is preferable.
Native English level（※No Japanese skills necessary）
Abroad ESL Teacher Salary and Compensation
Base salary of ￥250,000 monthly. Structured pay-rise system and career advancement opportunities based on experience, ability and performance. All new instructors will have a 3－month probationary period (no change in wage).
※Contract Employee （1-year contract is renewable）
Training: Thorough initial training is given to all new instructors. Transportation Reimbursement: Work related commuting costs are covered Health Insurance: Health insurance included Career Advancement: Opportunities for promotion
Looking for housing in Japan can be a stressful and expensive experience, especially if you are not familiar with the language or customs. We can provide affordable, furnished accommodation to make your transition into Japan as smooth and as comfortable as possible.
YSG will fully sponsor your VISA before you leave for Japan. We provide guidance for all documents and procedures involved for your ease and comfort.
Your first working day with YSG will be a full-day On-Boarding Orientation, where we will provide a more detailed outlook on the company, as well as giving you guidance on navigating your way around your new life in Japan.
What is a Certificate of Eligibility?
Foreign nationals living outside Japan must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility for a specific status of residence before they come to Japan.
What documents are required to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility?
We will need the application form, along with a scan of your passport page, most up-to-date C.V, copy of your diploma (bachelor’s or above) and a recent photograph of yourself.
How long will the VISA acquisition process take?
The process can take up to 3 months, although there are cases in which there may be unexpected delays.
Company Information for Yaruki Switch Group
Yaruki Switch Group is an educational organization boasting a track record stretching 40 years in teaching, nurturing, and developing the futures of children. We have established and continue to grow successful, well-recognized brands in such educational fields as Supplemental Learning, Early Childhood Education, English Childcare, and Bilingual Kindergartens – not just nationwide, but worldwide as well. With our philosophy of ‘Individual Approaches for Individuals,’ we have developed a network of over 1400 schools and counting.
What we treasure is not just academic development. We respect the unique characteristics of each and every child, and nurture their confidence and motivation by assisting them in the achievement their goals. “Think for yourself, decide for yourself, and act for yourself;” we help our students to polish their “自分力” (power of independence) to take on new challenges and decide their own path in life without being swayed by the values or judgement of others.
We offer a competitive employment package with career advancement opportunities, a fun and supportive teaching environment, and thorough training to ensure success in the role. Hiring year round, an exciting position teaching awaits you. Be the difference. Come teach with us!
Abroad ESL Teacher Reviews
How long is the contract?
The contract period is for 1 year.
Is the contract renewable?
The contract is renewable upon mutual agreement by the employer and employee.
When will I hear about my placement?
Placements are decided upon according to our hiring needs and will be given during initial training, although in certain cases the placement may be chosen earlier.
Does YSG provide housing/accommodation?
In most cases, housing support is available.
How much money should I bring to Japan?
We recommend that you bring at least \500,000 ($5000) to take care of initial costs and getting set up in Japan. Instructors may not receive a full paycheck until their second month in Japan.
Can I use my credit card in Japan?
Please check with your provider as to whether you can use your card in Japan. Please be aware that many places, especially small shops and restaurants do not accept cards of any kind. Japan is still very much a cash-based society, so it is always a good idea to carry money with you wherever you go.