Interac

Iidabashi Grand Bloom 5F Fujimi 2-10-2 Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo, , 102-0071 Japan

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About Interac

Year Founded: 1972

Program Opportunities

Japan

Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

Discover the spirit of Japan working in the Japanese school system. Help us enrich the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year by sharing your knowledge and...

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Participant Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    7

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Pay and Benefits

    5

  • Teacher Support

    5

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    6

A gamble I took while in Japan

Your overall experience will depend A LOT on your expectations, make them realistic and the adjustment period won't sting as much. However, overall, social life, etc. is really dependent on where you get placed and that's a gamble we all take. And also what area you teach in, Elementary, JHS, or HS will drastically affect your workload. Each area has it's benefits. I teach high school which is subsequently a lot of work, and really not a lot of support. So I'm up to my own devices when creating lesson plans, so it can really exhausting. But HS also has a lot of holidays and is generally has a more relaxed classroom atmosphere. Living in Japan is not easy though, and can be quite isolating, you have to know what you want to do out here, and Interac company doesn't pay a whole lot, so saving money isn't really a reality one should expect.

Program: Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Pay and Benefits

    6

  • Teacher Support

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

South African in Japan

Came to Japan after completing a degree with a teaching certification - was only planning on staying two years, ended up sticking around for at least one more. The school culture is very different to what it was back home, but the core culture of Japanese education makes for an incredibly warm, harmonious environment. Being with Interac has allowed me to experience a number of different schools while in an incredible part of the country. Living in Japan is not cheap, and the country is full of experiences sure to drain the wallet, so saving is hard - but I'm doing a lot better here than I would be back home, and wouldn't trade this experience for anything in the world.

Program: Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Pay and Benefits

    7

  • Teacher Support

    10

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

An amazing experience

If you have ever wanted to be able to travel but never been able to do so because of money then I highly recommend teaching abroad. Also if you are interested in teaching but not sure if you want to go through with the schooling yet it is a great way to see if teaching is right for you. I can't speak for any other companies but Interac has been great for me. They are really helpful not just in getting you here but continuing to help you through out your entire stay here. The working hours are great, teaching is so much fun and you get to live in and experience another country in a way that you could never do if you were to just visit. If you ever need help with anything Interac is just a phone call or an email away and are always willing to help you with what ever problem you are facing.

Program: Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Pay and Benefits

    7

  • Teacher Support

    9

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    6

Definitely an experience!

So, I'm 3 months in. And my word, what a three months it has been. It's cost an arm and a leg to get to where I am, but I most certainly don't regret it.

If you're used to home comforts, or if you're shy, don't come. For your own sake, you will not enjoy it. The level of English in Japan is virtually non existent when doing anything really. But, if you're a genki person who's willing to get stuck in like myself, you'll enjoy it immensely. I don't want to go home.

The pay could be better, as whilst it fine for now, after a year the health insurance quadruples, which I'm not looking forward to.

Program: Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

  • Interac responded to this review July 21, 2016 at 4:11 AM

    Dear Justjack22,

    Thank you for your review.

    It's true that mostly being genki is the key to success as an ALT, so it does take a certain type of person who is motivated and is willing to "get stuck in" like yourself to really get the most out of the experience of teaching in Japan. We don't consider the cost of health insurance to be excessively greater than in European countries, and in comparison for the level of universal coverage and ease-of-access to healthcare, Japan is slightly on the bargain side, especially when compared with the United States.

    You wrote " I don't want to go home" and we hope that you'll choose to remain in Japan and with Interac for as long as you like. Thank you for choosing Interac.


    Warm Regards,

    Interac Head Office
    Tokyo

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • The School/Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Pay and Benefits

    5

  • Teacher Support

    6

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    8

A good option

So far my experience with Interac has been nothing but good. It's a really good option for those who are willing to do their research before hand and know what they are getting themselves into. Interac doesn't exactly hold your hand through a lot of day to day things but they are good at getting you set up initially.
As far as placements go, they are all different. What my experience is, is not what other people might get. But as far as general broad statements go, the students (in elementary at least) are generally super happy and excited to see you and learn English.
As far as social life goes there are no official organizations but there will be the occasional area event and as long as you keep in touch with your training group and the other ALT's in the area you'll probably have lots to do.
Overall, it's a great way to get to live and experience life in Japan. Know what you are getting into and have a lot of fun!

Program: Enrich Your Career. Teach in Japan.

  • Interac responded to this review July 21, 2016 at 4:01 AM

    Dear Wings2016,

    Thank you for your review.

    We are glad that you are having a positive experience. Thank you for choosing Interac.

    Warm Regards,

    Interac Head Office
    Tokyo