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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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Travel to Japan

My travel to Japan was so special mainly because I had to wait for 2 years to finally make the trip due to Covid restrictions. Tamaki TEFL kept in touch throughout the waiting process and would share information with regards to updates and necessary preparations for smooth travel.

When I got to Japan they would also check on me every now and then and that helped me settle in a foreign land with no family. I am currently in Sendai and enjoying exploring the city, culture and a very diverse cuisine! Octopus has become a favourite! 😃

  • Adventure
  • Exposure
  • Independence
  • Language barrier
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Totally loved working with Tomoko and her team. The level of professionalism and the amazing efficiency in communication really made working with TTR the absolute best! It was always my dream to visit Japan and to enjoy the beauty of the country whilst teaching and TTR made me realise that dream by the help they gave me!

Even though it was during covid and it was hard to be certain about many things, Tomoko was always on top of things and would let me know of any progress made and any changes needed, I didn't have to worry about not being informed at all! I really love the way Tomoko creates a personal experience, still checking up on me even till now in Japan and asking after my well being, making sure I'm settling in well.

I definitely recommend TTR to anyone thinking of teaching abroad. You'll get the best service from a team that has great knowledge of the business and a team that cares about you.

Thank you so much Tomoko and the TTR team for your help and support, I'm so thankful and grateful for your help! 😊

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Tamaki TEFL Japan Review

From the moment I contacted Tomoko, she was alot of help and a great source of information especially concerning all the administrative work needed to move, live and work abroad in another country.

She answered any questions I had and always went above and beyond to make the process as smooth as possible in getting me to my destination, whether that was staying on top of the latest news from the MOFA, covid border restrictions, dealing with culture shock etc. For me, this was Japan and it was also my first time going there so I was beyond pleased and felt very secure by the time I landed in Japan.

I can't thank her enough and even now, she still checks in from time to time :)
I'd definitely recommend Tamaki TEFL to anyone looking to start a new adventure.

  • Prompt replies
  • Attention to detail
  • Professionalism at it's best
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Amazing work from TTR!

TTR was always supportive, responsive and helpful towards all my needs/enquiries. Especially as much of the recruitment process was carried out during the pandemic. After COVID had cancelled the inital start date in 2020, it felt like a dream was over, but thanks to TTR not only was the dream kept alive but I was also placed in my ideal location in Japan.! The support didn't dissapear after I had arrived in Japan either, TTR has been there every step of this journey, ensuring I had the best experience possible.

  • Great level of personal communication
  • Availability
  • Attention to detail
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Tamaki TEFL recruitment went above and beyond to provide as streamline of a hiring process as was possible during pandemic conditions. The position was clearly explained prior to signing on, visa processes were broken down in easy steps, and a pre-departure guide was given to me explaining everything I needed before and during my transition.

Above all, Tomoko's priority was to keep me updated every step of the way. I would recommend Tamaki TEFL recruitment to anyone considering teaching abroad!

  • Extensive staff support
  • Up-front and professional
  • Personable quality to the hiring process



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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!