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TEFL Degree And 2 Years Experience in Brazil

by William


I am now retired and have time on my hands and have always wanted to teach English in Nagoya. I have a TEFL cert, have 2 years teaching experience in Brazil, but every school/position that I've looked at requires a university degree, which I don't have. How do I overcome this problem?

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Feb 24, 2018
TEFL Degree And 2 Years Experience in Brazil
by: John

Hi William,

TEFL is a good start. But not enough. You're right. Now here it is. You only have 2 years teaching experience. This is not enough to qualify for a Specialist in Humanities Visa. You need 3 to 10 years.

Also because of your age you don't qualify for a working holiday visa.

I have a couple points to raise. 1. How do you know how much you are going to like Nagoya? I've been there many times. What if you don't like it? With a tourist visa you can stay for 3 months - this will give you enough time to size up the situation. If you don't like it so much your problem is solved.

2. If you like Nagoya after your 3 months you can make a decision to take the shot at a working visa. You could work another year in the U.K. to get that last year under your belt and qualify. Even if it is part-time work. It will still enable you to qualify. After all, work is work. You are obviously qualified to teach with your experience and TEFL certification. During the time that you work part-time in the U.K. you could be preparing to move to Japan. Really, at this point we are splitting hairs.

3. If you like the Japanese language and have the cash you could get a student visa as well and stay in Japan and study Japanese . During that time it would be wise to BUILD CONTACTS IN JAPAN.

4.Also if you have another specialized trade you can get a visa based on that. If you for example, you have knowledge in pharmaceuticals or some other specialized area, an employer might sponsor you enabling you to get your visa based on that.

Good luck and hope things work out

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