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Amity Overview

Kurashiki, Okayama (Japan)
501 to 1000 employees
1973
Company - Private
Education
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Amity Corporation is a pioneer in the the field of English education in Japan and has continued to maintain its status as a market leader. Amity has championed English education for children for over 40 years. Student enrollment exceeds 24,000 at the over 85 branch schools ... Read more

Mission: Our mission at Amity is to inspire the mastery of the English language. Our dedicated teachers focus on building conversation and confidence by appreciating the differences in age and unique learning styles of our students. Students are taught using comprehensive ... Read more

Amity – Why Work For Us?


ABOUT AMITY


Amity Corporation began as the children’s division of AEON Corporation founded in 1973. It very quickly grew as an industry leader providing high quality English education to children in Japan. In 1994, Amity began independent operations by opening its own branch schools and by creating its own curriculum. Today, Amity welcomes over 24,000 students to class each week at over 85 branch schools.

Our schools are built in a modern and colorful design to attract young students and their families. Amity continually revises its curriculum, textbooks, and materials to ensure our high standards for education are met. Native English Teachers use a dynamic teaching methodology, which combines visual, audio, and kinesthetic principles to develop the students’ language skills. Teachers sing, dance and play educational activities in the classroom so that learning is fun!

We are dedicated to the success of our students and our teaching staff is our greatest resource. Amity Teachers not only help students learn the English language, they build confidence and encourage students to work hard to achieve their goals and dreams.

Amity’s future has been guided by President Takato Yamasaki for over 20 years. His vision of making English accessible to children in a fun and exciting way, has established Amity as the premier opportunity for private English education. He encourages teachers to set their goals high and to be at their best.

The Head Office staff members are all former classroom teachers and understand the challenges of living and working in Japan. Amity’s network of Area Assistants, Trainers, and Japanese staff provide support and guidance to Native English Teachers throughout the contract.

CONTRACT STIPULATIONS AND BENEFITS


Exclusivity
Native English Teachers agree to work exclusively for Amity during the contract period.

Contract
The initial contract is for one year.

Working Hours
Native English Teachers work a 5-day, 40-hour work week from Tuesday to Saturday. Working hours can be 10AM-7PM, 11AM-8PM or 12PM-9PM.

Monthly Salary
275,000 yen before taxes and deductions
255,000 yen .(monthly base salary)
20,000 yen .(fixed-amount overtime allowance)

Overtime
Based on the needs of the branch school, Native English Teachers may be required to work overtime.

Bonus System
Amity offers a monetary bonus for Native English Teachers who teach 32 lessons or more on average per week for a calendar month.

Housing
A furnished, rent-subsidized, single-occupancy apartment is provided. Key money and deposits are paid for by Amity. The teacher pays 45,000 yen per month for rent while Amity pays any additional costs directly to the landlord. Teachers are responsible for all utility costs.

Social Insurance And Pension
Native English Teachers are enrolled in the Japanese Social Insurance System (Shakai Hoken) providing comprehensive health insurance and pension insurance. Approximately 42,000 yen is deducted from the monthly salary for enrollment.

Vacations, Holidays and Paid Days Off
All Japanese national holidays that occur on a regular workday are paid days off.
From the start of the sixth month of a teacher’s first year contract with the company, the company provides between 15-17 paid days off. NETs are eligible to request the dates for five of those days. and the company designates dates for the remaining days.
Native English Teachers also receive three one-week vacation periods at company designated times throughout the year.

Transportation
Airfare to and from Japan is the responsibility of the Native English Teacher. Ground transportation to all company functions and commuting costs (if applicable) are covered. A Transportation Stipend of 60,000 yen is provided upon completion of the final contract.

Training
Native English Teachers receive one-week of paid Initial Training upon arrival in Japan. Accommodations for Initial Training are provided by Amity. Ongoing training, including a Shadow Week at the branch school and Follow-up Training, are provided throughout the contract period.

Completion Bonus
A one-time cash bonus is provided upon completion of the final contract as follows:
12 months = 65,000 yen
24 months = 150,000 yen
36 months = 170,000 yen
48 months = 190,000 yen
60 months and more = 210,000 yen

BECOMING AN AMITY ENGLISH TEACHER IN JAPAN

Amity built its outstanding reputation on an education rich curriculum, dynamic teaching methodology, and high quality teachers. Successful Amity Teachers are energetic and enthusiastic when working with children, are keen observers and quick learners that use the Amity teaching methodology effectively, and who are adaptable and flexible to cultural and workplace expectations in Japan.

To become an Amity Teacher, candidates must:

  • Be native level speakers of English having conducted their schooling (from elementary school through university) in English.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree (all majors considered). Candidates in the final semester of a Bachelor’s Degree are also welcome to apply.

Qualities considered assets:

  • Experience working with children formally or informally
  • Sales and business experience
  • An outgoing and child-friendly personality

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    Pros

    Amity takes care of you. If you are looking to move to Japan for the first time, working for Amity is a great option for many reasons. The first one being they set you up with a place to live. After you arrive in your new city your manager brings you to your fully furnished and mostly stocked (towels, sheets, pots and pans, etc) apartment. After that he or she sets you up with a cell phone and/or internet if you need it. Your gas and electric is set up for you and the bill is mailed to your school. If you don't speak Japanese and have never had to pay a bill someone on your staff will take you to the convenience store and walk you through it. They also help you set up a bank account, get a hanko (a stamp that you will sometimes use when doing certain paperwork), and take you to city hall to register. All of this happens within days of arriving to ensure that you are comfortable in your new home.

    Second, Amity trains you and continues to support your development as a teacher and a staff member long after your week of training is over. The first week of training is kind of crazy because there is so much information jammed into 5 days. But the trainers tell us over and over to call them if we need help. I know a lot of teachers that don't take them up on this - but it's really easy to call or email them if you have any problems with teaching or life here. You must be open to communicating with the trainers and your manager - they have always been very easy to talk to for me.

    Third, the salary is great. I know a lot of teachers that work for other companies that don't make anywhere near what I do. However, it isn't for nothing - you are expected to show up and work and do so with a smile on your face. If you want to come to Japan and have tons of free time to travel and study - you can do those things - just know that you have five nine hour days and you will be expected to teach and plan the whole time among other office related tasks.

    Lastly, there are other opportunities besides teaching that you can apply for after your first year. They include becoming a trainer, an emergency teacher, and helping develop curriculum.

    Cons

    The cons that come with working for Amity can be found in any job. We live in Japan, work is taken very seriously, and sometimes you have to communicate very directly about taking time off. However, if you have a hard time taking a day off or feel bad about it you can once again call your trainer for help to come up with a plan to make up lessons you could miss.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to teachers about what makes them happy and frustrated about working here. Over the past few years there have been a lot of positive changes and that seems partly due to communication from teachers.

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Amity Photos

Amity photo of: Teachers starting with Amity receive one week of paid Initial Training at Okayama. Here, teachers prepare for success at their schools by learning skills and receiving advice from veteran teachers.
Amity photo of: We are dedicated to continuing our teachers’ professional development. At follow-up training, teachers further their teaching skills with the advice of their peers and a team of teacher trainers.
Amity photo of: Amity students are welcomed into the school by a clean and child friendly lobby. This is a great opportunity to interact with students outside of the classroom.
Amity photo of: Our younger students participate in class with the aid of their parents. You will be able to see a lot of firsts in these classes – first steps, and even first words!
Amity photo of: Many of our students learn through experience by using of an interactive board. They can apply the language they learn right away!
Amity photo of: Our elementary school students are taught on interactive boards using i Lessons. These lessons come with all content already created, so it is easy to plan and teach a lesson.
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Amity Interviews

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cleveland, OH
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Amity (Cleveland, OH) in May 2017.

    Interview

    1. Group Interview with 5-10 other people via webconference.
    2. If you pass the web conference, you get an email for a personal interview, you'll be made to make your own lessons, one song and one language lesson.

    Song lesson is for kids, language lesson is for teens.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work in Japan?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    Don't know if I wanted it

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Amity Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 Ranking of English Schools (Ranked Number One), Nikkei Dual, 2016

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