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Kate Kate
6 reviews
Jun 14, 2007
If anyone is interested in teaching in Japan I have put together my opinions on the 5 major english companies in Japan:

Geos: Geos is the best if you are super independent and want lots of

Japanese friends. There is only one teacher at a school so if you

want to meet other English speakers this company is the one. You are

really encouraged to go out with the students, Geos sets up your

housing but you live alone. Many teacher's from this school get

pretty lonely but its great for immersing yourself in Japanese


Aeon: I heard their interviews are really intense so I didn't go I

haven't heard much about Aeon only that its pretty similar to Geos

because they really encourage the teacher's to go out with the


Nova: Obviously I have the most information about this school :)

Pros: Meeting foreigners, This work environment is super social and

there are many teachers at each branch so you get to meet English

speakers from New Zealand, Australia, England, South Africa etc. We

go out all the time so Nova teachers usually have a big social network

shortly after arrival. Also the flexibility aspect I love when my Mom

came I was able to swap shifts with other teachers so I had 10 days

off to spend with her and I also am coming home next month for 16 days

all paid for because I swapped shifts with other teachers for me, this

is the number one reason I went with Nova also Nova is the only

company that will set friends/ boyfriends & girlfriends up in the same

apartment all other companies won't even guarantee that you will be in

the same city with the other person

Cons: Its the biggest English school in Japan so they really don't

care about their teachers. Many people quit because they feel that

Nova just doesn't give a shit. For example when I moved here they

placed me in a small town and when I said I was becoming depressed

(cause I am a city girl all the way) and I wanted to move (which they

told me at the interview would be no problem) they said sure and then

ignored all my other phone calls to follow through. ( So I just moved

out of my nova apartment and found my own place in tokyo!!) I think the main

problem with NOVA is that they are desperate for teachers and

basically they will tell them whatever they want to hear in the

interview process when in reality its totally different. Which can be

prevented by just asking me questions instead of them. Also you are

not allowed to socialize with students (but I have heard many teacher do anyways)

GABA: I think you have to apply to this school once you already have a Japanese visa which many other

companies will provide for you. But if you already have a visa many people like GABA because

all lessons are one to one and you get to create your own schedule.

Footprints: This is the program I know least about I had a friend who went through this

program in Korea and worked in a school where she got to write lessons plans for her

students. I think this program is great for people who want to become teachers back home.

The other schools all provide the teachers with a lesson plan to follow. For footprints I think

it would be best if you already have some teaching experience.

I hope that helps!

Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions.
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
msjulicious says:
I have been thinking about doing this, but I need to become fluent first.
Posted on: Jun 08, 2009
RoLLoN says:
im really interested in doing just gonna learn a bit more japanese before i do this...
Posted on: Jan 28, 2008
AnointedEmpress says:

I have thought a lot about the Teaching Eng in Japan programs. How do you get by not knowing a word in Japanese. Let me know. Thanks!!!
Posted on: Aug 02, 2007
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