Paid Teach In China

Get Paid To Teach English In China

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China is a fantastic place to teach English and explore a culture that is just opening its doors to the world! Being paid to teach English in China is a rewarding experience that requires patience and open mindedness.  You are placed in the middle of the world’s oldest civilization; a cultural experience very different from your own. The sights and variety of experiences in China are nearly as vast as the country itself.

Experience China’s traditional festivals, start your mornings with tai chi lessons, devour exotic cuisine, travel through ancient landscapes all the while building your resume of full-time teaching.


There is a $350 fee.  Please press the Costs tab (above) to find out why there is a fee and what it covers.


One-year contract required.


Visa requirements have changed recently in China.  You need to make your application and submit your materials around 90-days before your intake date to make sure there are no visa issues that would change your arrival date.


The most important qualification required by the schools in China is that if you are teaching English in China, you must be a native English speaker.

The schools also want to see that you have a desire to change lives and have an unending curiosity for cultural exchange. For most of our experiences, you don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.

  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • BA/BS degree in any field.
  • Age 21 to 45*
  • Hold a Passport from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand.
  • 120-hour TEFL (in person or online).
  • Candidates with a BA in Education or English can earn a higher salary.

* We have been able to place teachers over the age of 45 when they are very flexible on dates. Talk to us.

Start Dates

The academic year begins in September and runs through July. If you want to teach for the academic year, you need to be at your school's location in September.

If you can't get to China in September, we do have openings each month and can get you placed. Note you'll be starting your teaching job in China during the academic year after school has begun.

Most of our teach abroad programs ask for a semester or year time commitment. If you have only 1, 2 or 3 months, consider our summer paid teach program in Thailand, or our volunteer teach programs in Italy or Costa Rica.




The fee you pay to teach in China goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in China; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and the correct visa; and assistance in China during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens. This provides you with a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in China. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

We provide 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. Also, ask your tax preparer about moving costs and if you can deduct those as well.

Salary And Benefits

This is a teaching position in China that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will earn a full time teaching salary.

In-country orientation is included and customarily conducted by the host school. Your host school also picks you up at the airport.

Earn a monthly salary between 15,000 CNY and 25,000 CNY (dependent on location, teaching experience, degree, etc.). That’s $26,000 to $36,000 USD per year, after taxes.  Our placements range from Kindergarten to University teaching positions.

Your salary includes a housing allowance, and your airfare will be reimbursed anywhere from $750 to $1,500 by your host school at the conclusion of your contract.

What's We Include

  • Your job placement.
  • A housing allowance in addition to your salary is provided.
  • Once at your school assignment, each school holds its orientation on lesson plans, teaching, etc.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in China.
  • Access to professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Pre-departure assistance is provided via our mobile app and office staff.
  • Visa assistance to process your Z visa through our partner in China.  This is guidance only.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival is typically reimbursed by the school. Once hired by a school, the details of the pickup or reimbursement are provided.
  • Travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance is included for US permanent residents.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials provided by the mobile app.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Assistance from the school is available to find suitable accommodation.

What's Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.
  • International airfare, which is partially reimbursed once you begin teaching.


Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to make informed decisions, and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

How does the application process work?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program. All materials can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our China office for approval.
  • Within two weeks, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program. You will receive an acceptance letter, and we will provide you with more information regarding placements, visas, and training schedules.
  • Next, we send you a list of available placements. Rank each school and/or location in order of preference. Our team will work hard to secure your top choice by sending your application to each school for review.
  • After being accepted by a school, your placement will be confirmed and reserved.  If you change your mind about your placement and want to relocate, you are free to discuss this with our team at the orientation.
Fill out the visa forms and submit the required documents. Visa regulations have changed recently in China, taking more time to receive a visa. GeoVisions and our office in China will help make sure you have the required documentation for a successful and timely visa process.

What documents are required to apply?

  • Your completed online application.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • Three references, their relationship to you and their contact information.
  • Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
  • Resume.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc.)
  • A photo of you, dressed professionally, smiling and with a white background.

Can I apply with a friend or spouse?

Yes! We’ll do all we can to keep you together. Ultimately, though, it’s up to the institutions where our participants teach. There might not be a pair of openings available at the same school. If that’s the case, we’ll try to keep you both in the same city. Two important things: Make sure you indicate your preference when you apply, and apply early.

Keep in mind that GeoVisions services and support cover only participants. So if you bring a spouse or friend who will not also be teaching, they will not be eligible for our support or services.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?

You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.

GeoVisions places teachers primarily in urban and suburban settings across China. Placements are placed in second-and third-tier cities. GeoVisions places participants in Mandarin-speaking provinces and large cities across China.

Is housing included?

Yes! Your salary includes a generous housing allowance. Your host school will help you find the apartment you want and you'll have funds to take care of the rent and utilities.

Can I bring pets?


Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team whose only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position, and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest salary from the school as possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport. You will meet other teachers just like you on the day you arrive. Start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. If your placement doesn’t work out, we work to move you to another school or another part of China.

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias against younger teachers. However, if you are an active, vibrant, energetic and creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.

Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification?

A 120-Hour TEFL course is required for most of the positions we fill in China. You may take the course in a classroom or you may take the course online.

The one exception would be if you have a degree in education and also have 2 or more years of classroom teaching experience. In this case, the TEFL/TESOL requirement can be waived.

Will I sign a contract and what is the length of the contract?

Yes, you will be required to sign a contract once you are hired. Upon arrival, you will sign the formal, hard copy of the contract of employment. This contract will include your salary and benefits.

The length of your initial contract is one year. Teachers are always welcome to extend their contract for additional semesters. GeoVisions Foundation does not charge a fee for any contract extension.

How does the flight reimbursement work?

Once you receive your school placement you’ll know what the school will provide for airfare, and when and how they will reimburse you.

What are the hours I will be teaching?

You will have a 5-day-work-week with 2 consecutive days off.  Most teachers will have classes 10-15 hours/week.  (This is 12-20 periods/week.  Each period is 45 minutes.)

Do I need to know Mandarin to teach in China?

Not knowing the local language is considered an advantage. Schools in China prefer teachers who cannot speak any Chinese, to set a better example of English for their students.

What do I do about my student loans?

Many of the teach abroad programs GeoVisions operates pay more than enough to take care of your student loans. Some pay enough to live comfortably, but depending on your monthly loan payment, it could be close.

GeoVisions will work with you to provide official documents from your school and GeoVisions. However, ultimately, it's going to come down to the loan provider to make the final determination.

Many participants end up putting their loans on forbearance if their salary doesn't leave them enough funds to cover their loans.

The teach abroad programs that pay the most and where teachers have consistently been able to stay current on student loans are in Taiwan, South Korea and in some instances, China.


Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Chinese since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in China and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Teachers Say (Click to see all reviews on

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My Experience with GeoVisions on my teach program last year was great. Every time I had any issues GeoVisions were always there to support me. One thing that I was quite lucky with is that I got a good Chinese co-teacher at my school. Overall it was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Kara, 2015

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I was really interested in the convenience of the program and how it would easily allow me the freedom to travel and explore whenever and whatever I wanted. It has been very fun to travel to another country and see the different tourist attractions, but staying in and spending time with the family was even more fun. We have exchanged cultural beliefs and practices and learned a lot from each other. Being able to share my culture and also learn about another country's culture has made my time abroad very fulfilling. I feel more pride for my own country, more aware of other cultures, and also less ignorant. This programs offers a very unique opportunity to be able to travel to a new country and experience another culture from a unique perspective that cannot be attained by traveling there normally.

Barry, 2016

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I have just spent 12 months living and working in Mianyang, Sichuan, China. Please allow me to preface this by saying that the experience has definitely improved my life- it has forced me to grow and develop, learn an appreciation for the Chinese way of life and its people/culture, and I wouldn't change a thing about what I did. I have no regrets and am grateful for what I have been through. It gave me a great understanding and appreciation for daily life in China and the Chinese way of living and working. I now have a new appreciation for the luxuries and extravagances of Australian life, and even having mentioned all of these problems, I wouldn't change anything that happened. I have grown from it, I have been encouraged (forced) to learn some Mandarin Chinese just to survive in the city, and I was lucky to get an absolutely true and authentic teaching experience. The city was far from touristy (like in the larger cities of Beijing or Shanghai), and the lack of non-Chinese in the city meant that my appearance was cause for much excitement and talk throughout the streets. I was constantly having photos taken (which became incredibly frustrating and annoying) and people all wanted to come and talk to me, but found it hilarious and impossible to believe that I didn't speak any Chinese at all. They believed I must be fluent in standard dialect, but I just struggled to understand the Sichuanese accent - not the case. I didn't speak any Chinese at all! I can't thank Geovisions enough for helping me to grow and learn as I have. I look back and know that had I not applied to them for a teaching position in China, I would have continued along in my administration role in Melbourne and been, honestly, very fed up with it as I was before I left. Instead, I wanted an adventure, a challenge, and I wanted to go and do something exciting to feel alive again. I found this. I absolutely found this. Thank you, Geovisions, for opening up the world to me and giving me this opportunity. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a change, a challenge and a bit of adventure.

Katie, 2015

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Guilford, Connecticut USA