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Tamaki TEFL Recruitment (TTR)

Why choose 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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TTR is the best recruitment agency for working abroad in asia

From applying to the job to living in Japan, TTR has made the process as smooth as possible by providing me with every bit of information I needed, and the support has been incredible! TTR is very professional and helpful, answering all of the questions I had, providing support, and encouraging me! I will forever be grateful towards Tomoko for helping me move to Japan which has been a lifetime dream. Thank you for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity! Everyday has felt magical and I feel so lucky that I get to live in Japan and it's all thanks to TTR!

  • The support is incredible
  • The process is very simple
  • Every detail is explained to you so you don't ever feel like you're not sure what's going on
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Tomoko Tamaki recruitment

It had been my goal to travel to Japan to teach for over two years. Tomoko not only provided me with the opportunity, but went above and beyond what was required of her to do so. Words can't really, fully convey the level of support and attention to detail TTR provides nor was it more evident to me when I arrived in Japan and began talking to the other new teachers about their experience of coming to Japan to teach. The level of preparedness Tomoko equipped me with to come to Japan was unparalleled and information shared at training that came as a surprise to some wasn't for me. TTR was also able to secure me placement near Kyoto, pretty much exactly where I wanted, a luxury that I am truly grateful for. The support from TTR doesn't stop once you've secured placement either. Tomoko remains in touch with you well after you've touched down in your location to help you settle in. I would highly recommend TTR to anyone wishing to pursue teaching abroad.

  • You get to travel and experience new cultures
  • You meet so many amazing new people
  • Experience the joy of teaching and working with child
  • Can feel lonely sometimes if you're not great at speaking the language
  • The job is daunting and can be overwhelming at times in the beginning
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Thank you

Thank you Tomoko!

Moving to a country is not the easiest and there’s a lot of things to consider but I really enjoyed talking to Tomoko and how she was able to reassure me and not only that, but provide the information that I need it so I can come to Japan prepared. She was able to provide me with not only the information but also step-by-step on the process and I am really grateful so far. My experience has been truly insightful and amazing and I just wanna say thank you for all your hard work.

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TTR Review - Best recruitment!

TTR changed my life!
I worked with Tomoko through my recruitment and placement. She was the best thing that could have happened to me. Her aid throughout the process was so helpful. During the process Tomoko constantly reassured and encouraged me, she made an effort to always check up on my well being, and supplied relevant and helpful information. Tomoko helped me reach my dream to teach in Japan. Without TTR I would not be where I am today. Tomoko has made a conscious effort to continue to check up on me and see how I am doing. Her support is incredible! Thank you TTR! I am living my best life now.

  • Helpful in supplying information
  • Supportive throughout the process
  • Encouraging
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TTR - Tomoko was amazing to work with!

I had the amazing opportunity to move to Japan all because of the amazing support I received from Tomoko! I have spent many years traveling abroad, but it was a refreshing experience to have someone like Tomoko supporting me with the many steps of moving to a new country. It can feel overwhelming getting the many documents, requirements, and applications complete for a big world journey, but Tomoko made the process a breeze. She was kind, knowledgeable, and very patient! I highly recommend TTR!

  • Traveling and living in a new country
  • Very supportive and kind recruitment staff
  • Organized and knowledgeable with the many levels of moving to a new country. Great at breaking everything down and being there fro you when you have questions or concerns.



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Staff Interviews

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

Tomoko Tamaki

Job Title
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!