Assistant Japanese Language Teacher Program

The KJAS Assistant Japanese Language Teacher Programme was commenced as a volunteer programme in 1974, after which time, one young adult each year was sent to Geelong Grammar’s Timbertop Campus. The program’s successes over the years have now allowed it to gradually grow the programme with the addition of other schools such as WA’s Christ Church Grammar in 1989, and Geelong Grammar’s Corio Campus in 1992. The total number of recipient schools in Australia now stands at 7 campuses:

Geelong Grammar Timbertop Campus, Geelong Grammar Corio Campus, Cathedral School of St. Anne & St. James, Loreto College, Christ Church Grammar School, Peace Lutheran College, Hills College, Navigator College and Port Lincoln High School.

However, the connection between the assistants and KJAS does not conclude after their postings to Australia, as participants are expected to continue pro-actively involving themselves in the activities of the society after their return to Japan. With their assistance, a new generation of enthusiastic volunteers wanting to continue their associations with Australia has been borne, each with a strong desire to introduce other young Japanese to the inter-cultural opportunities created by KJAS through advocacy, with the tremendous support of the host schools and local chapters of the Australia-Japan Societies in each state.

Contract Conditions

1. Objective of dispatch
To comply with the objectives of the Temporary Activity Visa (From2016/11/19)

Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408)

Visa Summary Features
School Language Assistants Programme

The School Language Assistants Program allows Australian schools to invite young persons, between 18 and 30 years old, from other countries, who intend to pursue a career in teaching to obtain some initial experience through assisting qualified Australian language teachers in language and cultural matters for up to 12 months. Participants should be engaged only as teaching assistants in the school. There is no requirement for individual schools in Australia to be approved to participate in this program. Applying for special program approvalThis visa aims to enhance international relations and cultural exchange by allowing persons to share cultural, social experiences, knowledge and skills in the Australian community through cultural enrichment, community benefits or youth exchange programmes.

2. Period of dispatch
Late January, 2018 through to Mid December, 2018

3. Responsibilities of recipient schools in Australia
1. Living expenses・・・(Accommodation & 3 meals per day)
2. Cost of registration as a Temporary Activity Visa Sponsor and assistance with provision of any necessary paperwork *Information about Sponsorship:  Please see
3. Wherever possible, it is hoped that a small weekly wage can be offered in exchang.>e for the assistant teachers making themselves available to participate in both classroom teaching and cultural activities such as extra-curricular for sports/music etc. on behalf of the recipient school.


Selection process

1. Document screening
2. Interview (English and Japanese)

Eligibility Criteria

1. Native speaker of Japanese
2. A minimum of university level education, aged between 20 & 29 yrs
3. In good health with a cheerful and lively personality. Ability to actively take part in outdoor activities
4. Due to visa restrictions, the candidate must not have more than 12 months teaching experience

Selection Criteria

1. Good character(predisposed to being a trustworthy representative of Japan in an international society
2. Attitude towards becoming an assistant Japanese language teacher(Proactive, self motivated, goal orientated)
3. Language ability(Minimum of EIKEN Grade pre-1 or higher than 700 for TOEIC is desirable)

Documents to be submitted

1. Resume (Japanese and English) with photo attached
2. Essay about your motivation for applying(3000-4000 characters typed horizontally on A4 size paper
3. Self introduction in English (approx. one page, A4)

Document submission deadline

End of August each year

Interview timing

Middle of September


Candidates are requested to submit written applications, and attend an informal session with KJAS staff before eventually participating in a bi-lingual interview process. Successful candidates are then also required to commit to full participation in a pre-departure orientation programme operated by former assistant language teachers.
Successful candidates must make their own arrangements to be able to individually cover the costs of return airfares (1 year open ticket), passport, overseas travel/medical insurance, personal expenses, orientation participation plus a donation to KJAS to cover the costs of programme administration.

On the basis of the participation guidelines, we wish to receive an Assistant Japanese Language Teacher from the Kobe Japan Australia Society’s Assistant Japanese Language Teacher Programme. By any chance, should there be any unexpected developments, issues or problems arise, this should be communicated swiftly to the Kobe Japan Australia Society and where deemed necessary, a participant in the programme may be withdrawn from the programme and returned to Japan.
However, in the case of any accidents, injuries or costs related to compensation, all responsibility for such will revert to the individual.

Recipent school requirements

Conditions offered by schools are mutually discussed on a case-by-case basis, based on the existing school structure and other factors. However, it is hoped that as a minimum, the school consider offering basic living expenses for food & accommodation (homestay/boarding house/dormitory), with a small weekly wage in exchange for the assistant teachers making themselves available to participate in both classroom teaching and cultural activities, and extra-curricular activities such as sports/music etc. on behalf of the recipient school for a full school calendar year (starting dates negotiable).
Assistance with provision of any necessary visa application paperwork is also required.

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