Many English teachers in Japan have some time off work during this summer, if only for Japan’s major national holiday, the ancestor worshiping ‘Obon’. What are you going to do with your free time? What do you do with your free time generally? I’m here to tell you how you can turn that time into money.
I have already written about how to make money by private lessons, which is a worthy method of supplementing your earnings. It does, however, require some canvassing and means you will have to deal with Japanese financial administration.
Free time to teach
Many teachers find their regular schedule is somewhat erratic, or at least requires work at anti-social hours (afternoons and evenings/weekends etc.). This leaves other periods open for regular work. A stress-free way to increase your income is to take on some work for English teaching companies other than your major employer.
Please bear in mind that these jobs are for teachers who are already living and working in Japan with a valid visa.
Who will employ me on an hourly basis?
Possibly one of the most popular English language school chains, Gaba employs many teachers on a part-time basis. The teaching schedule can be adapted to fit around your current schedule. With locations in most major cities, Gaba may be a convenient way for you to boost your income. Some eikaiwa employees teach at Gaba in the morning, and at their regular school in the afternoon and evening.
Another reasonably large chain of conversation schools that employs teachers on a part-time basis is 7Act. It has locations in Kansai and Kanto, and job applications can be made directly through the website.
ECC is one of the most well-known English schools in Japan. It employs many teachers on a full-time basis. ECC often has part-time opening available, especially through the ECC Junior section of their company. There are many locations throughout Japan. Check the website for more details.
Where can I find these jobs?
There are countless other smaller schools that hire part-time staff. The net is the best place to find advertisements.
GaijinPot has part-time job listings throughout Japan. Most of the major and minor companies advertise here. A good place to start your search for part-time work.
Job listings across the country. Japan English Teacher is an easy-to-use site that often advertises p/t teaching jobs from smaller companies.
KFM has jobs in Kansai and across the country. Interestingly, it often advertises non-teaching jobs.
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Other English schools offering part-time employment: