Interac Ltd Review 2011

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Application Process

The application process can start at any time year-round. Most Interac contracts either start in April or August, and in both cases go until the following March 24th (or there abouts).

The application process starts with you applying online for the job, between 2-4 months prior to the start date. Successful applicants are contacted by phone and invited to interview seminars if successful.

During the interview you may be asked to do a very quick demonstration lesson that will be videoed.

You will be contacted again about 4-8 weeks before the required departure date. This will be to tell you that you have a job and the visa acquisition process will begin.

Applicant Requirements

To get the visa needed teach English in Japan, the government requires that you have earned a Bachelor degree. (Not an English BA degree, just a degree from an English speaking country.) You must also have 12 years of formal education in English.

Qualities that Boost Your Attractiveness as an Applicant


Interac will sponsor your visa, and do the majority of the paperwork for you on the Japan side. You will be required to process the Certificate of Eligibility (COE) with your local Embassy or Consulate of Japan in your home country. The goal is to get on to an Instructors visa. In some cases where they haven't allowed enough time, they will ask you to get a work-travel visa (in countries that allow it, such as Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, etc).

Note: Coming to Japan to work full time on a work travel visa is technically illegal. Interac will not sponsor you in Japan, and will direct you to apply through your home country.

Salary or wages

Salary is paid monthly at the end of the following month. ie. Salary for January is paid at the end of February. Base salary for full-time ALT's is ¥230,000 per month. Thus if you come in April, you won't receive your first pay till May 31st/June 1st.

However, four months' salary is prorated.

Working Conditions


There is a five day training course in Japan, before you start work. Note that this training period in unpaid and that you will not be officially employed until you pass the training course.

At Work

You will be working in public schools.

You are expected to be at work from 8am to 5pm, but you will only be scheduled up to 29.5 hours teaching time per week, as per the Interac contract. You will be assigned up to 6 classes per day, subject to the 29.5 hours rule.

You will be working with kids aged from 6 to 12 years old in the Primary Schools, 12 to 15 years old in the Junior High Schools or 15 to 18 years old in the High Schools.


Positive Points

The good reasons to work for Interac Ltd:

Negative Points

The not so good things about working for Interac Ltd:


Interac places ALTs at schools throughout Japan so be aware that you can be placed anywhere. If it is your first time coming to Japan, then you can likely expect rural areas.

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