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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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TTR is Great.

Tamaki Tefl Recruitment is really awesome. This was my first big move from Africa to Asia so naturally I was excited but also had many fears and concerns. Tomoko reassured me and patiently answered all my questions. She prepared me for life in Japan and I am very grateful for because of this the culture shock ddnt hit as hard.
My visa process also wouldnt have gone as smoothly without their help.
Once in Japan, they checked on me on arrival and continued to stay in touch. The level of care is the best and i really appreciate this support system.
Looking to take some time off, go abroad and teach as you explore and see the beauty of Asia? Try TTR they are great at what they do.
Looking forward to more awesome times ahead, thank you TTR.

  • Safest country ever
  • Adventure lovers will love it
  • The food is great
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TTR changed my life

The process of finding employment, a supportive structure that facilitates not only a smooth transition can be very daunting and intimidating. However, TTR made the process so easy. TTR is a highly organized, efficient company that strives to help you find a the position that suits you and in the best location placement. Tomoko, is very attentive, and supportive - she answered any of my questions and would go the extra mile to always check up on me during the whole process, and as you know there will be A LOT of initial questions. It wa amazing to have a support structure before, during and after the moving stages, TTR would go as far as making sure I settled into the new country well and helping me find a phone carrier, which in Japan quite a hassle. I’m extremely grateful to have found TTR to make my move abroad a breeze. I highly recommend TTR to help you make a life changing step to moving to the country of your dreams :))

  • Rewarding Job
  • Learning about new cultures and cuisine
  • Making meaningful, lifelong relationships with people abroad
  • Culture shock
  • Homesickness
  • Language Barrier
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Tomoko was very helpful in my recruiting. I had applied to many TEFL opportunities, and due in a large part to Tomoko's quick and useful correspondence I accepted a job in Japan. Other companies and recruiters would often be difficult to keep in contact and unable to give relevant information in a timely manner. With Tomoko she kept everything up to date and even kept in touch even after my arrival making sure everything went smoothly even after I had done my training with my new company. I am thankful for Tomoko's skill in recruiting which helped me land a great job in Japan.

  • Quick responses and information
  • Great location placement
  • After arrival check in
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TTR is the Best!

Tamaki Recruitment was always helpful, patient and supportive from the 1st email i sent looking for a teaching job overseas to the time i settled in my apartment in Japan. The recruiter Tomoko Tamaki is the best, she communicated about every step, how hard or how easy it will be. She checked on my well being during the Covid 19 period hence for me it was that act of kindness that made me i realise i was in safe hands. Very professional and thorough in every step and process, she made sure i sent her the correct information and documents. Everything was outlined to me regarding the way of living in Japan what to expect and how i was to live, it prepared me socially and emotionally. Since being in Japan, Tamaki Recruitment still contact me to make sure I am doing well and happy. Tamaki Recruitment show concern about my wellbeing in Japan and continues to support me every step of the way. I will forever be grateful to Tamaki Recruitment, without Tamaki Recruitment i would have been a bird without wings. Thank you Tamaki Recruitment for everything, really appreciate it, you made my dream of coming to Asia a reality.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate an octopus. 🤭🤭🤭🤭🤭
  • Very patient, she will guide you through every step.
  • She gives very detailed imformation about the place you will travel to. What to carry and what not to carry.
  • The best recruiter i have ever seen. Very helpful, keep it up and thank you so much.
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A1 work from Tomoko

Tomoko turned a complex process into something bite-sized, manageable, and deeply rewarding. As someone who had never traveled overseas before, I came to her with countless questions regarding teaching overseas---some existential, others purely technical. She always provided detailed answers in a swift and empathetic manner, making sure I understood exactly what to expect during this new undertaking. She also continued to correspond with me after I began work, offering affirmation and support despite already having fulfilled the essentials of her role. Whether you're a seasoned educator or a total beginner out of college like me, expect exceptional service if Tomoko is facilitating your transition.

  • Responsive and informative
  • Highly experienced
  • Compassionate



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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!