As well as having the mental aptitude and a desire for the challenge of living and working overseas, before submitting an application to become an Interac ALT, you must:
- Be a native-level speaker of English.
- Have acquired an education delivered in English for at least 12 years.
- Have graduated or be about to graduate from a university with at least a bachelor’s degree (in any subject).
- Be professional in all aspects of behavior, a team-player, flexible, cheerful, and energetic.
While not required, it helps your chances if you:
- Hold a driver’s license.
- Have teaching experience.
- Have a teaching qualification, e.g., CELTA, DELTA, and TEFL.
- Have the experience of studying a second language at school or university.
- Can speak some basic Japanese.
Expectations During the Recruiting Process
Once you have submitted your application, it is expected that you:
- Immediately and completely respond to our communications and office requests.
- Have your documents complete, neat, organized, and sent at the right time.
- Come to your interview/seminar well presented in business attire, meaning suit, tie, etc.
- Show an understanding of the opportunity you are being considered for as well as the costs associated with moving to Japan.
- Show a willingness to be flexible, especially about your placement location.
- Are polite, articulate, and well-spoken and can demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
- Will comply with the laws of Japan and the expectations and processes associated with the administration of the law.
- Will comply with the spirit and letter of the Interac Group’s values and ethics.
- Will uphold good character and behavior both at school and during your free time.
Expectations Once You Become an Interac ALT
Once you become an Interac ALT, it is expected that you:
A Role Model in the Wider School Community
There is a high social expectation placed on anyone who is a teacher in Japan. This includes Interac ALTs. Teaching is considered a “sacred profession.”
The expectations placed on an ALT and regular teachers are exceedingly high. Social etiquette is very important in Japan, but more so for a teacher. All teachers, including ALTs, are expected to set a good example for students in and outside the school gate. This means upholding good character in your free time as well.
Keeping with these high professional standards, it is additionally required that you maintain a professional appearance. All Interac ALTs are expected to wear business attire during working hours. You can view a copy of our ALT Dress Code by clicking here.