Filipino English Teachers for Japan

If you’re a Filipino English teacher and would like to work abroad, forget about Korea!

Photo source: Ana Park
Photo source: Ana Park

The Korean government has not opened its doors for Filipino English Teachers. Many of them working in Korea hold F-6 visa (Korean spouse) which allows them to legally work at any company.
Unlike Korea, Japan has opened its doors to Filipino English Teachers ~ allowing them to work as “Assistant Language Teacher” or ALT.
Read on to find out if you’re qualified and where to get more information about Filipino English teachers for Japan ~


Applications are now being accepted for Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) positions in the 2016 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.


ALTs will be working in public schools or local boards of education in the prefecture or municipality they will be assigned in. As ALTs, their primary task is to assist in classes led by Japanese Teachers of English/Language (JTEs/JTLs) in the following manners:
• Preparation of teaching materials
• Planning and supervision of extracurricular activities for students, such as English club or sport activities
• Organizing cultural or international exchange programs


Interested applicants must be:
• A Filipino citizen
• A Bachelor’s degree holder in English or Education
• Fluent in oral and written English
• Below 35 years old
• Physically and mentally fit to work abroad
Additional evaluation points will be given to applicants who:
• Have professional language teaching licence and/or experience
• Have Japanese language background


JET Programme Official Application Form and other documentary requirements can be obtained from the link below:
In addition, interested applicants are also encouraged to submit a certified true copy of their driver’s license, if possible. A valid driver’s license is not required, but preferred.
All application materials required for this program are due on December 4, 2015 (Friday) and must be submitted in person or via courier to the:
Japan Information and Culture Center
Embassy of Japan
2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300
Early submissions are appreciated. Please note that applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
About the JET Programme
The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme was introduced in 1987 to help deepen mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other countries through foreign language exchange and cultural immersion at the local level. Around 60,000 participants from over 60 different countries have already been admitted to the programme since its launch.
For more information about the JET Programme and the ALT position, please visit or the Culture and Education section of the Embassy of Japan Website. You may also contact the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) at or the following numbers: 4410750.


  1. I’ve been interested with the JET program for a while now. Plus, I like Japan and I am familiar of some of their cultures and customs. I also know the basic Japanese phrases and greetings both formal and casual. I would be the happiest person if I could get into this program. Thing is, I am not so sure if I would qualify. I am a secondary education graduate majoring in Biological Sciences. I can say that I am fluent in English and I have some experiences working in front of people while speaking pure English. I am also a publication/school magazine writer during my school days. Am I qualified regardless of my specialization? I am currently working as a full-time instructor at a local college and I am planning to teach English subjects by the second semester. I am very interested in the JET program and by the time I turn 21 (I’m currently 20 years old), I will try my luck by submitting an application for this program. But I just wanna make sure if non-English majors have the chance to get in. Any reply will be very much appreciated. Thank you so much.

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