Relief teaching

KIST maintains a register of relief teachers who may be called upon at times to substitute for full-time teaching staff who are absent. Relief teachers are responsible for leading an allocated class or classes to oversee activities as planned by the regular teacher. On occasions, if the regular teacher's absence is sudden, relief teachers may be required to lead classes without detailed lesson plans. Relief teachers may also be required to perform additional tasks such as playground duty or other student supervisory duties as needed. In general, relief work is for a full day; however, half day work may also be available in certain situations. There is no guarantee of the frequency of relief work that may be available during the year.


Requirements for relief teachers

In order to qualify for registration as a relief teacher, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

  • Relevant teaching qualifications and experience
  • Native or fluent skills in English
  • (For foreign nationals) Valid visa appropriate for working in an international school. Valid categories include: Instructor, Professor, Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Permanent Resident, and Working Holiday. Dependent visas are also acceptable for work up to the number of hours permissible in this category. Temporary Visitor (tourist) visas are not accepted. KIST is unable to arrange visas or visa extensions for relief teachers.
  • Permission to engage in part-time work. If the status of your visa is for a category other than Instructor, Permanent Resident, Spouse or Child of Japanese National, Long-Term Resident or Working Holiday, you will require a document issued by the immigration bureau called "Permission to Engage in an Activity Other Than That Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted" (Shikakugai katsudo kyoka). As it is illegal to work without this permit, for visa categories other than those listed above, we are unable to offer registration until it is received. Furthermore, if the status of your visa is for a working visa category (i.e. Instructor, Professor), you will also require a statement from your employer/sponsor indicating their agreement for you to engage in part-time work outside your regular employment.
  • Evidence of no criminal convictions
  • Reside within one hour of KIST

Applying for relief teaching

Expressions of interest for registration for relief teaching are accepted throughout the year and involve the submission of a written application and participation in an on-site interview. If you wish to be considered for registration, please e-mail the following items to the Director of Personnel at with the title “Application for relief teaching” in the subject field:

  • Your complete resume, including details of teaching qualifications, relevant experience and an outline of your educational philosophy
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in relief teaching at KIST
  • Details of visa status and expiry date (for foreign nationals) and any relevant work permits
  • Contact details (e-mail preferred) for at least two recent professional references, including most recent supervisors
  • A recent photograph

Applicants who meet the requirements for relief teaching outlined above and have included all the required items with their application, may be invited to attend an on-site interview with members of the school's administration team to discuss the position and to outline their thoughts in various areas including:

  • Educational philosophy
  • International school environments
  • Planning for student learning
  • Approaches to behavior management
  • Issues affecting relief teachers

Successful applicants are required to submit various documents including copies of teaching qualifications, passport and visa documents, a police clearance certificate and various other items before the first day of work.