Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Teach Abroad



Live and Work Abroad in Himeji, Japan

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 Applications for the Fall 2017 academic year are due February 10, 2017. See bellow for details!


Phoenix Sister Cities, in cooperation with our Sister City in Himeji, Japan, annually seeks applicants for Assistant Language Teachers who fulfill 1-2 year contracts from September to August each school year. The application deadline is in early February each year for the following school session starting in August. This program caters to individuals with or without teaching experience who enjoy a structured school environment.  

Adults with a four-year degree are invited to apply to travel to Himeji, Japan for a one-year Phoenix Sister Cities Teach Abroad Program. A sense of adventure is required, but familiarity with the Japanese language is not! This is a unique international employment opportunity, and all college majors are welcome to apply.   


Applications accepted year-round.


iconSalaries and Living Expenses Pre-Departure Requirements
Mandatory Calendar 2016 
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Frequently Asked Questions  


 Brief Video of Shirasagi Residence, Where our Teachers Live 

 Quick glimps of the Himeji & Phoenix Sister Cities Teach Abroad program experience.

If you can't find the information you need here, please contact:

Phoenix Sister Cities, Teach Abroad program: (602) 534-3751
200 W. Washington St., 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003



NOW ACCEPTING Teach Abroad Applications.
Applications are due FEBRUARY 10, 2017



Teach Abroad applications are accepted annually. Each spring new program participants are hired. The application deadline is always the first Friday in February for the following academic year that starts in August.

**The application & a $25 application fee must be received (not postmarked) in our office by the deadline. If necessary, you can hand deliver your application to the Phoenix Sister Cities office, located on the 20th floor of Phoenix City Hall.


Download the application

Download the brochure

Send the completed application by mail or in person to:

Phoenix Sister Cities
ATTN: Teach Abroad Program
200 W. Washington St. 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ  85003

Photo Gallery

Teach Abroad Photo Album 

 Photos from the 2015/2016 Teach Abroad! Check our Facebook page for more!


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TA Girls

TA Debate


Deb Ostreicher pictured with a current teacher assistant in the Teach Abroad program who she formally mentored through their YAEP experience.  


Teachers preparing to depart for Himeji hosted for the Japanese Youth Ambassadors and their Phoenix counterparts. 
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Meet Our Teachers

All of our teachers come from various backgrounds and experiences. We encourage anyone interested who meets the requirements to apply. Living abroad and making a difference in a foreign country is a unique opportunity not available to everybody. Upon their return, teachers find that they have learned quite a bit from the very students they were teaching.

Meet our program participants:

Amber Hunt          Araceli Amador
Christina Pruitt   Jarrod Blair
Madison Bai   Michael Zipperer
Steven Savage    
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2011/2012 Teachers
2010/2011 Teachers
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Support Teach Abroad


Teach Abroad Participants Seek Your Assistance 

There are highly-qualified participants selected by Phoenix Sister Cities to represent Phoenix for the Teach Abroad Program in Himeji, Japan to serve as an Assistant Language Teachers (ALT’s) and Assistant Supervisor of Education (ASE’s). It was a very competitive and rigorous interview process for the selection of only a few applicants. Phoenix Sister Cities has been in partnership with Himeji, Japan for this program for over thirty years. The Teach Abroad Program gives college graduates with various degrees the opportunity to teach English to Japanese school children as well as conduct adult classes for members of the community.  As an ALT/ASE our primary function is to be a cultural representative whose goal is to get the students---and the community--excited about learning English and to expose them to American culture. 

Those of us selected to travel to Himeji have a lot to prepare for as we embark on this exciting journey and as new teachers we would like to raise money to purchase teaching supplies for the activities we plan for our community lessons. This includes, but is not limited to, supplies to utilize for lesson planning or activities that cultivate the American, specifically Arizona, way of life, for the Himeji community. Therefore, we are seeking your help. Please make a small, tax-deductible contribution to assist us in our efforts. Phoenix Sister Cities will send you confirmation of your donation to use for tax purposes. We are very excited about this opportunity to experience life outside of the USA and at the same time share the American culture and language with the students and adults in Himeji.  For more information on the Teach Abroad Program, go to Thanks so much, 

Proud & Thankful Teach Abroad ALT/ASE’s



The application deadline is always the first Friday in February for the following academic year that starts in August