Teach English in China

Come teach English in China with us! China has a seemingly endless history. Even if you aren’t a history buff, you’re sure to find yourself enthralled with the fascinating events that make this large nation 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?

The goal of our Teach English in China program is to “bridge the gap” between East meets West. Through cross cultural connections in the classroom, where your students are eager to learn as much about you as you are them, you’ll enrich the lives of those you meet as well as your own. You’ll have an endless support group, a short-term teach abroad commitment, and competitive benefits while you explore a new country AND build your resume!

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Teach English in China Program at a Glance:

  • 4.5-month initial contract (with the opportunity to extend)
  • Work in a public school (kindergarten, primary or high school)
  • Free 3-day orientation in Beijing (all expenses paid)
  • Earn a salary of 6,500 RMB/month (about $1,000 USD; after taxes!)
  • FREE accommodation for the duration of your stay
  • Three meals per day provided by school on weekdays
  • Contract completion bonus
  • All public holidays paid
  • Airport pickup and transfer to placement school provided
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Extensive support staff for entirety of program

Advantages of the Teach English in China Program:

  • Gain valuable teaching experience – whether you’re looking for a short-term teach abroad experience or a long-term career change, the teach English in China program allows you the opportunity of a lifetime, and a resume builder everyone will be jealous of.
  • Get paid to travel around China – this free program includes an orientation in Beijing, but you’ll also be free to explore on weekends and paid holidays.
  • Immerse yourself in Chinese culture – perhaps the largest benefit is the cultural exchange. You’ll learn a lot about Chinese culture, and your students and friends will be excited to learn about yours.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

ORIENTATION:

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 3 days
  • What we’ll do: Get ready for life and teaching in China
    • Get to know the support staff
    • Establish communication channels
    • Discover Beijing – one tour day of the city!
    • Try Chinese food with a tasty welcome meal

TEACHING PLACEMENT:

  • Locations: Placements available in Jiangsu (Shanghai province) Guangdong (near Hong Kong), Sichuan (home of the giant Pandas!), Zhejiang (Hangzhou) provinces
  • Duration: One semester (about 4.5 months)
  • Types of schools available: Private and public schools, training centers
  • Age groups available: Kindergarten, Primary School, High School
  • Accommodation: Private room in a shared apartment

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AFTER THE PROGRAM:

  • Location: Travel anywhere you want!
  • Duration: You’ll have 15-30 days left on your visa to explore
  • Possibility of a full-time job offer: Negotiate a new contract with your school Most schools will want to keep you on!
  • Travel: Use the time left on your visa to explore China or travel the rest of Asia!

TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Native English
    • Must be from a native English speaking country
  • A Bachelor Degree or higher in any field
  • 20-50 years of age
  • A TEFL/TESOL certificate OR 2-years teaching experience

Don’t have a TEFL certificate? Get one here.

PROGRAM DATES:

  • February 23, 2018 – July 15, 2018
    • Deadline to apply: November 23
  • August 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019
    • Deadline to apply: June 2, 2018

HOW TO APPLY:

You will need to be prepared with the following before completing the application:

  • Resume/C.V.
  • Passport copy (main page)
  • Bachelor’s degree copy (diploma)
  • TEFL/TESOL certificate copy
  • Professional photo

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I don’t speak the local language?

No problem! Schools hire native English speakers because they want the students to have an immersion language program, which means only English spoken in the English classroom, all the time. The idea is to force students to use the language they already know, and not to rely on conversing with their English teacher in their native tongue. However, it’s almost inevitable that you will pick up some of the language after spending so much time immersed in it, and you’ll find that knowing certain words/phrases will only make your job easier. You’ll even have free Mandarin lessons available if you want to expedite your learning!

What if I’ve never taught before?

Don’t worry! While the schools prefer you have some experience, it’s not crucial. If you have a university degree and a TEFL certificate, you’re well on your way to stepping foot in the classroom. 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 certificate or two years of teaching experience, but on top of that you’ll get a free three-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 in China, an guide you through the process of obtaining a 1-month visa. Then, once you arrive in China, our partners will convert your visa into a Z (working) visa, which will be paid for by the school and good for six months.

What about a work permit?

In China, the working visa and the work permit are one in the same.

What if I’m not a native speaker?

That’s okay too! The demand for English teachers worldwide is so high that nearly 80% of all the teachers currently working are not native speakers. As long as your English is near perfect, you’re still eligible to teach English in China.

Will I be the only foreign 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), and there are millions of ESL teachers 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 their semester. You also may or may not have a teaching assistant, though you should be prepared to handle classes solo. (Your TEFL 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:
o 3-6 years old

o 7-12 years old

o 13-18 years old

What will my teaching schedule be like?

Teachers 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 no 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 theaccommodation 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, 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.

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