Interac Japan FAQs – Their Salary, Application Process & More
Interested in becoming an ALT with Interac Japan? Here’s everything you need to know about Interac, from how to apply to the basic requirements for an Interac job.
Who are Interac Japan?
Founded in 1972, Interac is the largest private provider of ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) to Japanese public schools. ALTs with Interac works in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools throughout Japan.
Interac’s mission is:
“Through providing “whole person” educational services that enrich the hearts, minds, and lives of people of all ages, we will achieve a more meaningful society. By promoting a deeper understanding of the world’s languages, cultures, and learning, we will contribute to more harmonious and closely knit relations among all people.”
Interac is one of the largest non-government employers of foreign nationals in Japan, employing nearly 3,500 staff in Japan across a network of 13 offices. Around 3,200 of these employees are non-Japanese.
Interac began as a provider of corporate educational services but from the mid-nineties began providing ALTs and education-related services to Japanese local governments.
Quick Facts about Interac
What does an Interac ALT do?
“ALT” (Assistant Language Teacher) is a title coined by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to describe native-level speakers of English working in Japanese public school classrooms. Interac ALTs teach classes on their own, with a Japanese teacher present to help manage the classroom. Although there are three types of Japanese schools, many ALTs teach in at least two. A common situation is an ALT position in elementary and junior high schools, with a majority of time teaching spent at the junior high school level.
What do ALTs do?
- Plan, produce, and deliver engaging language lessons based on the national MEXT curriculum, using approved textbooks, worksheets, and other materials.
- Communicate in English with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
- Provide valuable cultural insight into other cultures as a cultural ambassador.
- Participate in extracurricular activities as directed by Interac.
- Participate in ongoing training sessions and meetings, and other local activities.
Basic Requirements for the ALT Position
English: Native level
Education: University graduate with at least a bachelor’s degree (in any subject)
Background: Has had at least 12 years of education where the language of instruction was English
Personality: Professional in all aspects of behavior, a team-player, flexible, cheerful, and energetic.
Tattoos/modifications: None visible when wearing a T-shirt & short pants
Criminal history: No convictions on record
Age: Minimum age 20, mandatory retirement age according to Japanese law.
Gross annual salary of approximately ￥2.4 – ￥2.7 million per year
Weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
Holidays and Leave
Obon (summer), New Year’s holidays, national holidays, and paid leave
Visa sponsorship available (Applicants must meet all Immigration requirements)
Initial training and regular on-going training provided.
Commuting expenses reimbursed
Enrollment in Japanese insurance system
Opportunities for promotion exist
For Philippine nationals, the ability to recruit is limited by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) regulations for Filipino Overseas Workers (FOW). If you are a FOW, you will need to contact Interac’s POEA agent in the Philippines.