Open Positions

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Open Positions

For applicants currently residing in japan

Already living in Japan? Looking to stay longer or move to a more flexible teaching position? Our domestic recruiting channel is for applicants currently residing in Japan – scroll down for current vacancies. If you are outside the country and do not have firm plans to arrive within the next 30 days, please refer to the overseas recruiting page.

For applicants with a valid working visa

If you have a valid visa that allows you to teach in Japan already, you are eligible to apply for the openings listed below. Please be ready to provide information on your current visa status during the recruiting process.

For applicants seeking Gaba visa sponsorship

We are now accepting applications for positions starting in Kanto in December 2017- January 2018 and beyond for exceptional applicants. Please be sure to review Gaba’s requirements for visa sponsorship prior to applying. Unfortunately we are not accepting applications in our other regions currently for those who require visa sponsorship.

Initial certification

After signing a contract with Gaba, successful candidates will be asked to attend a three-day Initial Certification session. Completion of Initial Certification is required before teaching in the Learning Studios. Please check that you are available for at least one of the Initial Certification sessions listed for the area you are applying for.

We are currently accepting applications for the following locations:

Kanto Tokyo Tower


Tokyo West

Shinjuku, Seijo, Kichijoji

Tokyo Southwest

Roppongi, Ebisu, Omotesando

Tokyo South

Musashi-kosugi, Kawasaki, Shinagawa

Tokyo North

Akabane, Ikebukuro

Tokyo East

Tokyo, Ginza, Shimbashi, Akasaka




Locations: TBD


Locations: TBD 

Available Start Dates: November 2017

Initial Certification Dates:

Tuesday, November 7th – Thursday, November 9th

Tuesday, November 14th – Thursday, November 16th

Tuesday, November 21st – Thursday, November 23rd

Learn more about Kanto

Skyline of downtown Nagoya, Japan.





Locations: TBD



Available Start Dates: November 2017

Initial Certification Dates: 

Tuesday, November 7th – Thursday, November 9th

Learn more about Kansai

Osaka, Japan city skyline at Abeno district.



Locations: TBD

Available Start Dates: Winter 2017/2018

Initial Certification Dates: TBD

Learn more about Chubu

Fukuoka, Japan downtown skyline at night.



Fukuoka Tenjin

Available Start Dates: October 2017

Initial Certification Dates:

Saturday, October 28th – Monday, October 30th

Learn more about Kyushu

*Please note that the openings listed are not fixed and may be subject to change.
*Learning Studio placement will be discussed with applicants during the interviews.

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Application process (Within Japan)

1. Application

  • Online application
  • Telephone pre-interview

2. Interviews

  • Information seminar and first interview
  • Second Interview

3. Contracting

  • Contract offer
  • Visa processing (if necessary)
  • In-processing

4. Gaba Certification

  • Initial Certification (3 days)
  • On-the-Job Certification

5. Teach!


For all applicants:

  • Must have a fluent command of English (both spoken and written)
  • Must commit to at least one full six-month contract term
  • Must be available to attend three-day Initial Certification in full
  • Must be proficient using a computer

For applicants seeking Gaba visa sponsorship:

Gaba can provide a Specialist in Humanities/International Services visa which typically has a duration of one year for first-time holders.

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree (or above) from an accredited university where English was the medium of instruction OR three years of verifiable full-time ESL teaching experience
  • Newly sponsored instructors should be available to teach with Gaba for the duration of the initial visa
  • Must meet the minimum earning requirements of 250,000 yen per month
  • Must have a minimum of 60 days remaining on their current visa
  • Must show proof of enrollment in National Health Insurance at time of contract signing

Preferred applicants will have:

  • A university degree
  • CELTA, TEFL or TESOL certification
  • Prior ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • Experience working in a corporate setting
  • Commutes of less than 45 minutes or 450 yen to a Learning Studio with an open position
  • Availability during peak hours of operation

Depending on your current visa status, there may be additional requirements. Please refer to the visa information page for specifics.

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