There’s something in China to suit every desire.
Even if you aren’t a history buff, you’re sure to find yourself enthralled with the fascinating events that make China what it is today. From the magnificent Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors to the karst scenery of Guangxi province and the mountains of Hunan…from the city lights of Hong Kong and Macau to Shanghai and Beijing, there’s something in China to suit every desire. Why not yours?
This program aims to “bridge the gap” between East meets West through cross cultural connections in the classroom. Teach English in China — where your students are eager to learn as much about you as you are about them — and you’ll enrich the lives of those you meet as well as your own.
Commitment on your own terms
Decide if teaching English in China is right for you with a short-term commitment.
If you want to stay longer, you can negotiate a longer-term commitment and an increased salary.
The world is your classroom
Become a global citizen while exploring if an international career path is for you.
Immerse yourself in Chinese language, culture and lifestyle while you teach English in China.
Get all the documentation and help you need to get your work visa so you can stay and explore China legally.
Explore like a tourist & live like a local
Live in Guangdong, China where the rest of China and Hong Kong is at your doorstep.
Get paid to travel around China, starting with orientation in Beijing.
You’ll get all of this:
- Teaching placement in a school in China (kindergarten, primary or high school)
- Earn a salary of 6,500 RMB/month (about $1,000 USD; after taxes!)
- Short-term commitment of 6 months
- Contract completion bonus
- Personalized pre-departure and post arrival support
- Accommodation (private room) and 3 meals per day (Monday – Friday)
- Paid public holidays
- 3-day orientation in Beijing (meals & accommodation included)
- Airport pickup
- Welcome dinner
- Transfer to school placement
- 24/7 in-country support from bilingual staff
- Required visa documentation and assistance in applying
- An experience that changes lives and lasts forever
I can’t believe how fast time has gone. I have plans to travel around China with my new-found friends. In January, it seemed absurd when I landed in Beijing but it was definitely worth every single minute.” ~ Lauren (Ireland)
Pricing & eligibility
Application fee is $50 USD (to ensure you’re qualified and serious). Nonrefundable.
Must be a native English speaker or proficient in English from United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand or South Africa and be between 18-50 years of age.
Must have a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certification. Get one here.
Must also have a perfectly clean bill of heath and criminal record.
How it works:
Ready to explore China? Choose a start date & apply today.
- August 26, 2019 – January 15, 2020
- Deadline to apply: May 31, 2019
- February – July (exact dates TBD)
- Deadline to apply: November 2019 (exact date TBD)
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don’t speak the local language?
No problem! You’ll have free Mandarin lessons available if you want to learn some Chinese (Mandarin), but it’s not a requirement at all.
What if I’ve never taught before?
Don’t worry! If you have a university degree (in any subject) and a TEFL certificate, you’re well on your way to successfully teaching English in China. You’ll find a large support group once you arrive in China, and the orientation in Beijing will leave you feeling very prepared.
Do I get training?
You should already have a TEFL certification OR two years of teaching experience (not necessarily in English), but on top of that you’ll get a free 3-day orientation in Beijing to prepare you for adjusting to the culture, specifics to teaching in the Chinese classroom, etc.
What materials will the school provide?
Most schools provide you with a curriculum and books. You will also have an office space provided.
Will I have help with the visa process?
Yes! Once you’ve been accepted to join the team, you’ll receive an invitation letter from our partners to teach English in China, and we’ll guide you through the process of obtaining a 1-month visa. After you arrive in China, our partners will convert your visa into a Z (working) visa, which will be paid for by the school and stay good for six months.
What about a work permit?
In China, the working visa and the work permit are one in the same.
Will I be the only foreign English teacher at my school?
Most likely no. We try our best to place teachers near other foreign teachers (and you can come with a friend if you like), plus there are millions of other foreigners teaching English around China so you will find each other quickly.
Will anyone speak English at my school?
There is a key contact person who can speak English at the school and we will be in touch with you throughout your semester. You also may or may not have a teaching assistant, though you should be prepared to handle classes solo. (Your TEFL certification course will prepare you for this.)
Where will I be placed?
The school placements will occur in the following locations: North (Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia and surrounding areas), Central (Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Sichuan and surrounding areas) and South (Guangdong and surrounding areas).
The schools will be a mix of public, private and training centers.
How old will my students be?
Students age groups are:
- 3-6 years old
- 7-12 years old
- 13-18 years old
What will my teaching schedule be like?
Most teachers in China work a total of 40 working hours a week at the school:
- This includes face-to-face teaching time, lesson preparation, meetings, extracurricular activities, etc.
- In the majority of cases, 20-25 hours of face-to-face teaching should be delivered to the students each week.
- You will be asked to teach five days per week with two days off (though not necessarily consecutive).
How big are the classes?
Class sizes are usually 40-50 students each class.
What is the free accommodation like?
You can expect to have the following:
- Private bedroom in shared apartment or university style dorm
- Shared living room and bathroom
- For 95% of the placements, the maximum expected distance from the accommodation would be 45 minutes via public transportation to the school.
What am I supposed to wear to work?
You should plan to dress smart and casual. No flip flops, sandals, tank tops, or shorts. Most men wear slacks with a button up shirt, and females often wear skirts or slack with nice blouses.
Are meals included?
Yes! The school provides 3 free meals per day, 5 days per week through its canteen or other means as mutually agreed by the school and the teacher. If the school cannot provide food due to limited facilities, the school shall provide the teachers with a food allowance in accordance to the following standard:
- Breakfast: 150RMB/month/person
- Lunch: 300RMB/month/person
- Dinner: 300RMB/month/personThe food allowance should be paid together with monthly salary on the agreed pay date.
Can I extend my contract?
Absolutely! If you’ve signed on for one semester and you decide to stay longer, you can do so directly with the school. They are always happy to offer consistency for the students.
How will I get paid?
Upon arrival, the school will help you set up a bank account with a local bank and your monthly paychecks will be directly deposited. You will have an ATM card to withdraw cash.
Is it easy to send money home from China?
Not exactly. The Chinese government has restrictions on foreigners sending home money, and it’s not possible to exchange money at a bank without a Chinese friend to do it for you. However, you can easily find people willing to help you do this. Many people manage to exchange money on the black market and send it home via Western Union to pay their student loans, etc. so it’s difficult, but not impossible.
I heard there’s no Facebook in China. Is it true?
Yes, it’s true. Legally. The Chinese government has banned almost all social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and the like. Most blogging platforms are also blocked. However, there are two ways around it. You can either join a Chinese social media site like QQ, or blogging platform like Weibo, and do it the legal, local way. Or, you can purchase a VPN (virtual private network) for about $5/month to disguise your computer and make it look as if you’re back home on your comfy couch.