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Tamaki TEFL Recruitment (TTR)


At TTR, we are experienced in teaching English abroad and in teacher recruitment. The Founder, Tomoko Tamaki has personally taught for 5.5 years in Japan, Vietnam and China which brings invaluable advice about her experiences to her teachers! We offer a full service from the initial pre screen stages, interviewing, guidance on visas and pre-departure assistance and more. At TTR, we love what we do and look forward to meeting enthusiastic teachers!



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Thank you TTR

Tomoko helped me tremendously during the application process. Thanks to her it was not as stressful as it could have been. She was professional and supportive, and she checked in with me regularly once I'd arrived in Japan to see how I was settling in. Moving to a different country can be daunting. I'm glad I had the excellent support of TTR to help ease the transition.

Teaching in Japan has been fun and challenging. Given the choice, I would definitely do it again and I would choose to go with TTR.

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TTR with Tomoko

Being part of TTR, everyone knows that Tomoki is professional, kind, easy to approach and builds rapport with the applicants. TTR showed such a level of expertise that I was able to trust this recruiting agency for my process to teach in Japan.
TTR were well versed on the company's requirements and conducted interviews accordingly. I didn't feel intimidated and the process of getting things done, was done effortlessly. I loved the consistency in check ups and the desire that TTR wanted to see you succeed and transition to your dream job or place of work.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It's never too late..., as the saying goes. Try something different like teaching abroad, and if your favourite destination is in one of the zones TTR oversee, you'll be well taken care of.
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Excellent in every regard

Tomoko was incredibly professional, helpful and kind from the get go. She and her team helped me with every stage from first inquiry to arriving with my company, and even after that, checked in regularly to see how I was getting on. She guided me through every step of the process, and was really helpful in letting me know exactly what I had to do.

I only gave very general outlines as to where I wanted to be placed, but I could not be happier with where I got put. The area I was in was exactly what I wanted even before I knew what I wanted. The work life balance was very generously on the side of life and I managed to really get under the skin of the local culture.

I cannot recommend TTR enough. They made the whole process very easy and I felt supported all the way through. As well as the outstanding level of professionalism (I honestly wondered several times how someone could keep track of every single detail like that), I felt that there was a level of personal care that I've only rarely seen with other places.

Thanks a million to Tomoko and her team, I'm massively grateful for their guidance in this amazing experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Say yes to as much as you can! It was great to be able to experience things I'd never even considered doing before.
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TTR is the Best

Working with Tomoko was the absolute best. From start to finish of the recruitment process she was professional, thoughtful and very patient. TTR helped with just about everything, from applying for the visa to my departure to Japan, nothing was left undone. TTR was able to answer all questions and provide useful tips all while getting me excited to start my new journey.

I have been in Japan for 8 months now and I absolutely love it! TTR still ensures that I am doing okay and has continued to offer help with anything - this is really comforting as being abroad in a foreign country it is nice to know that you are being looked out for. Thank you TTR!

I would definitely recommend working with TTR if you are searching for a seamless transition into a new life abroad!

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Great experience

I highly recommend TTR to anyone looking to teach abroad. I worked with TTR and I had an amazing experience. Tomoko is a detail-oriented, very kind and flexible person. She will be with you all the step of the way, explaining all there is to know.

Tomoko is very professional. My move to Japan was stress free, because I had everything laid and planned way before I landed in Japan. She was truly concerned about my well being even after my placement in Japan. I call her my guardian angel. Thank you TTR


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Tomoko Tamaki

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Founder and International Recruitment Consultant
Tomoko is the founder of TTR - she was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and embarked on her first TEFL journey abroad to teach in Japan! Her initial plan of going abroad for only 1 year, turned into 2 years in Japan, 1 year in Vietnam and 2.5 years in China! She can definitely say that TEFL is the best path she's taken and she now has the privilege to recruit and represent the best teachers and schools!
Tomoko Tamaki

What is your favorite travel memory?

Climbing Mount Fuji, the highest volcano in Japan (3,776 metres to be exact!) With no sleep and very little rest for 24 hours, it was worth it and the views at the top were incredible! You feel on top of the world... until you have to climb back down again! (See photo!)

My first week in Shanghai, I strolled along the waterfronts called The Bund. With stunning views of tall skyscrapers, it's best to go at night! (See photo!)

I went on holiday to a scenic place called Nikko, in Japan. I was surrounded with stunning views of mountains, lakes and I got to experience a Japanese "ryokan", which is a traditional Japanese Inn known for their bamboo floors and outdoor hotsprings! Lush! (See photo!)

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I love what I do and there's nothing short of that! I'm also continually humbled and fortunate to be able to work with incredible teachers and schools. Without passion in my work, I don't think TTR would be where it is now. I've learnt that you have to put in 100% to what's in front of you and also take the time to enjoy yourself!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I love hearing from our teachers how happy they are and seeing all their photos and stories. We always keep in touch with our teachers to ensure that they're doing well. (Feel free to go on Facebook to Tamaki TEFL Recruitment to see teachers testimonials!). The best feeling is knowing that our teachers are enjoying their time abroad and really living life to its fullest! I also love hearing stories of teachers pushing themselves out of their comfort zone- conquering their fear of heights with steep hikes in the mountains, paragliding or even eating cockroach-skewers!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

That's a tricky question! I love them all!

We have various options available for teachers - whether it's teaching solely a range of young children (2-15 years old), conversational group classes with adult learners or teaching 1-1 business English to adult learners, we have various positions to suit various needs. We will always arrange a brief 20 minute pre screen call first so that we can go through the options and to see if any of the roles is a potential match. If all goes well in the pre screen call, we would discuss arranging the video Skype interview in the near future.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

TTR's unique as we have experience teaching English abroad, so we know what it feels like to leave the comforts and familiarity of home and embark on a completely new adventure. We also get to know our teachers very well and build a strong professional relationship - it's important for us to know that the teachers can come to us at anytime to ask questions and that we offer a lot of pre-departure support.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

We are really passionate about providing the best service for teachers and making the transition abroad as stress-free as possible. It's important for us to get to know our teachers individually and build that trust and rapport. We really want to understand what our teachers are looking for in their ideal jobs and making their dreams a reality. Without that passion and drive, this wouldn't be possible!