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  1. José Murguia August 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I plan on being an English teacher as well in Japan, after I complete college that is. I was wondering if you have any tips on how to get an apartment/ job there. Also what would be the recommended amount of money I should save up? Also how rude of me, good luck my friend.

    • Adam August 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      There are various programs that send people to Japan for ALT positions, JET and Interac being among the most well known. I actually got in through a program sponsored by the Phoenix Sister Cities, which is operated by the city of Phoenix.

      How you get an apartment can vary. I am fortunate in that the PSC program has a dedicated residency in Himeji, which is very cheap. Not all programs offer such an incentive, but they may give you assistance in finding a place to live, or setting you up with an agent. I have heard Japan has a number of “gaijin houses,” apartment complexes or condos which are intended for housing for foreigners and pretty inexpensive. Still, I am also aware that living in Japan can be pretty costly regardless.

      Best you can do is just look into everything possible and arm yourself with knowledge. Also good to get a lot of experience related to the job, such as working with kids and teens, teaching/tutoring or being in positions to give cultural exchange. You typically do not need to be a licensed teacher to be an ALT though.

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