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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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Yes, I recommend this program

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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Yes, I recommend this program

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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Yes, I recommend this program

Currently, I have been in Aomori, Japan for almost a year and I am happy that I chose Tamaki TEFL Recruitment. Throughout the process, from first contact to my arrival and even after, my recruiter, Tomoko, has guided me and made constant contact to check on me. She is a respectful, sincere and very pleasant professional and I am truly grateful.
The information provided was completely honest and prepared me for my job as well as the environment in which I currently live. Prior to applying to my job and being contacted by TTR, I was cautions and concerned about the legitimacy of the job but all of these fears were squashed and I was able to also put my family at ease due to the information provided both online by the company and my recruiter and the diligence and professionalism of TTR. All processes and documentation for my employment and travel were done speedily and professionally. I was given helpful tips and any questions, no matter how mundane they felt to me were answered with kindness. I was given excellent feedback on how to improve my teaching, tips on the resources that I would need and how to acquire these resources. Even my location of employment was handled well, they do their absolute best to ensure your comfort by finding locations that fit your preference. Moving to a new country so far away and different from home can be diffcult but the preparation and assistance provided by Tomoko made it a much smoother transition . I have always been a scrutinizing person and I proud to say that I am 100% happy that I chose TTR and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I highly recommend and have already recommended others to TTR. I know that anyone that uses this company will be given the best experience possible. Thank you for guiding me!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep an open mind and remember to respect the people and the culture of the country. Also, don't be afraid to try different foods, I used to be afraid of eating sushi, now.... I LOVE it! ☺
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Delight Elcie
Yes, I recommend this program

Tomoko is the absolute best! From our first interview, she was transparent about everything. Therefore , even before proceeding with my application I knew a lot about the program and about Japan.

I can say Tomoko was with me all the way! I got all the support I needed on time , be it documents , information or an emotional shoulder therefore making my application process a breeze .Her support has not ended just because I have now settled in. She checks up on me here and there .

She is greatly organised and will ensure that your move is smooth. Thank you for being there , for your help and encouragement . Surely, I would not have made it without Tomoko Tamaki.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Ladies riding bicycles with their heels on! I mean, how do they do that so effortlessly and still manage to look like ladies ?
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Yes, I recommend this program

I never thought I could ever live overseas, but after working with Tomoko it all materialised and immediately became reality!

She thought of everything from visa issues all the way up to what app I would need on my phone to be able to communicate with people. It made the process more streamlined than I could ever imagine, she's really great!

Now I'm living and teaching in Okayama, the sunniest and safest prefecture in Japan!

I can't recommend her enough, she's thoughtful and a great person!!



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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!

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!