Interac: FAQ

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About Interac

Founded in 1972, Interac is the largest private provider of ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) to Japanese public schools. ALTs with Interac work 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

Teacher Population

North America47%
Asia18%
UK & Ireland16%
Oceania8%
Caribbean4%
Male66%
Female33%
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About the ALT Position

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.

Conditions

Salary
Gross annual salary of approximately ¥2.4 – ¥2.7 million per year

Contract
One-year

Work Hours
Weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm.

Holidays and Leave
Obon (summer), New Year’s holidays, national holidays, and paid leave

Working Visa
Visa sponsorship available (Applicants must meet all Immigration requirements)

Training
Initial training and regular on-going training provided.

Transportation Reimbursement
Commuting expenses reimbursed

Health Insurance
Enrollment in Japanese insurance system

Career Advancement
Opportunities for promotion exist

Q&A

No, it is not.
Interac welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. Please note that if applying as a couple, both individual parties of the couple must apply and pass the necessary requirements separately. The Interac recruiting process is intended to only accommodate the applicants themselves, and Interac makes no guarantee that it can fulfill specific requests for placement, but will do its best to place couples into positions near each other. 
No. There is no application fee.
If successful, the necessary procedures for securing a Certificate of Eligibility to obtain a working visa for Japan for the applicant will be borne by Interac. Travel, postage, and other incidental costs incurred in dealing with the local Japanese embassy/consulate in the applicant’s home country are borne by the applicant.
No. Successful applicants pay for their own flights to Japan.
Assistance will be provided in obtaining single-occupancy housing.
Yes. It is entirely possible to have a comfortable lifestyle on the starting salary. It is a standard starting salary in the English-teaching industry in Japan.
Of course! As long as your degree is from an accredited institution, the subject is not an issue.
ALTs teach in the method of English in the classroom, and Interac provides extensive training with activities, games, songs, and other techniques.
In all areas of Japan, excepting Okinawa.
There is a preference question on the Interac application.
Only with company permission.
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.
Interac cannot provide support for nor guarantee housing availability for persons who would like to import personal pets such as dogs or cats. In all cases, the pet owner is responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable regulations.

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