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Gaba Corporation Overview

Shinjuku (Japan)
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Education Training Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
Gaba is Japan's leading English language school for 1-to-1 lessons. We specialize in catering to working professionals who need to improve their English skills, often for the workplace. Gaba has 44 locations across the three major metropolitan districts of Japan ... Read more

Mission: Gaba strives to meet the English language needs of the Japanese community to assist in the globalization of the workforce in Japan. Further, we aim to support and assist our Instructors to thrive within our system, gain new skills, and enjoy their lives in Japan.

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Gaba Corporation – Why Work For Us?

The business of providing English conversation lessons is not a new one in Japan. The country's prominence in global trade and commerce has required professionals in a wide variety of industries to speak English. Many more choose to study as a hobby or to enhance their travel experiences. While the language is taught from a young age and most graduates are capable of reading and writing to a respectable standard, many struggle to speak with any degree of confidence. This deficiency has given rise to numerous eikaiwa (English conversation schools), Gaba among them.

First and foremost, English conversation lessons are a service. For those interested in teaching in Japan, an appreciation of the exceptionally high standard expected from any service provider is a must. To be successful as an instructor requires strong teaching and service skills in equal measure. While a challenge, living and working in Japan will redefine your understanding of business and service; new perspectives that can be applied whatever your aims in life.

Japanese have come to prefer studying with native speakers of English for obvious reasons. All the major eikaiwa companies provide this option. Gaba is unique in that all lessons are taught one client at a time. This one-to-one format has been central to the business model from the very beginning. This approach, combined with our innovative teaching materials, technology, and thorough client support has helped us to gain prominence in a competitive industry. Explore each facet of Gaba's service here.

Teaching is about communication and fostering understanding. Teaching English in Japan requires doing so across cultural boundaries. Therefore, success as a Gaba instructor requires strong people skills to bridge these divides. The excitement clients experience from learning something new is one of the biggest rewards of the work and infectious too. As their motivation increases, so does yours as the instructor.

For those who enjoy meeting new people, teaching with Gaba provides no shortage. There are the clients of course, but also the staff and other instructors. Gaba presents a wonderful opportunity to make friends and learn more about Japan, the world, and even the language you call your own. Believe it or not, there are equal numbers of discoveries awaiting both the teacher and student! Read on for more information on each of the clients, the instructors, and staff.

Gaba is a business and as such, we are dedicated to ensuring the satisfaction of all our clients. Teaching as a service might be a foreign concept to some, but it is a well established practice in Japan.

Gaba was founded in 1995 to challenge the norm of the day. English was being taught in group lessons using a formulaic, one-size-fits-all approach. Gaba's innovation: instruct clients one at a time with a focus on each individual's needs. In other words, give a fully customized learning experience.

We set out with a three-fold mission which holds to this day:

  1. Help people achieve their most audacious life goals.
  2. Nurture the ability to compete on the global stage.
  3. Contribute to the mutual understanding of various cultures.

When Gaba first started, there were no Learning Studios and lessons were taught in public places such as libraries and cafes. In the year 2000, we opened our first studios to better ensure the quality of our service. Despite Japan's economic bubble having burst by this time, client demand grew swiftly.

Other notable years include 2005 with the opening of our first locations outside of the greater Tokyo area. In 2007, Gaba went public. Our continued success garnered the attention of several large Japanese companies including Nichii Gakkan. A large provider of medical services, they acquired Gaba in the autumn of 2011. Today there are 44 Learning Studios in Japan's main urban ares: Kanto, Kansai, Kyushu, and Chubu.

We can only achieve our goals with our greatest asset: quality instructors. Thus, Gaba measures its success by both the satisfaction of its clients and instructors.

Instructors are the foundation of the business. As a current client, I enjoy interacting with our culturally and professionally diverse instructors. My motivation to improve my English is derived from a desire to share dreams and ideas with them. As a company our chief mission is helping people achieve their most audacious life goals. Naturally, this extends to instructors; the flexibility of our contract and scheduling system is ideally suited to individuals pursuing their dreams in Japan.

The eikaiwa industry will remain vital to Japan in the decades to come. If the country is to remain competitive in the global economy, there needs to be a shift from the export of finished goods to highly technical services. Furthermore, an aging population will require the import of skilled labor from abroad. English will be the medium of communication for all. Gaba will be the eikaiwa of choice.

One-to-one lessons from our Learning Studios established the brand. Now a market leader, Gaba's future success calls for both a deepening of our core service and diversification. We are recognized for the quality of our lessons and counseling. We must expand this to new segments such as corporate lessons. Instructors can expect a wider range of teaching options with the potential for even greater flexibility.

Teaching English in Japan is a learning opportunity. Respectful, safe, and welcoming to all comers, our country is a wonderful choice. At Gaba, there is no end to the insights you can gain teaching alongside instructors from over 60 countries and clients from every facet of Japanese society.


Masatoshi Saito
President and CEO

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    "Good for traveling."

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    I worked at Gaba Corporation part-time


    You get to choose your own schedule. Which allows you to travel around Japan when you get the chance.


    If you get a bad review from a client, your management will do little to protect you.

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    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Gaba Corporation (Los Angeles, CA) in July 2014.


    1 hour skype interview. Needed a video camera. Asked questions about resume and why I wanted to have the job. Asked questions about Japan and why i wanted to go. Gave a spelling and grammar test about 5 questions each. You could easily go on google to find the correct spellings if you forgot it. Japanese test, with questions like what are your hobbies, how are you, what is the weather like. They told me to pretend that I'm teaching a class 3 new emotion words. I used happy sad and angry.

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    Too many bad reviews of the company and I didn't think I did a good job but they still hired me. Made me feel that they would hire anyone.

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