Teach English Abroad In China

Starting salary $22,000 to $30,000 US per year

Additional Benefits: Rent-free furnished housing, health insurance, lunch each day at school, airfare reimbursement, paid holidays.

 

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We Are Now Interviewing And Placing Teachers For September Arrival. 

Overview

Have the adventure of a lifetime and at the same time, earn a full-time salary!

You don't need previous teaching experience and you don't need to speak Chinese! You don't even need to have experience teaching. Teach English Abroad in China and build transferable skills and create a lifetime of memories.

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.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Fill out the very brief form on this page. It won't take 30 seconds.
  2. If you've just started your research, we recommend that you read this post, which is our definitive guide to teaching abroad.
  3. When you're ready to have your questions answered and go through some plans, schedule a call with us. There is no obligation when you speak with us. We're here to answer your questions.
  4. Fill out and submit your application with your $350 fee. Why is there a fee? We provide pre-departure assistance, airport pickup, orientation on arrival and a high level of support throughout your experience as well as visa guidance.
  5. Fill out our supplemental application and upload the required documents like a copy of your passport, your transcript, photos, medical form, etc.
  6. Begin your interviews with schools in China.
  7. You will receive personalized, step-by-step guidance with document preparation for your visa after you accept a teaching position with the school of your choice.
  8. Arrive in China, begin your new teaching job and collect your first paycheck.

What Happens When I Arrive In China?

  • We'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your temporary housing, while you choose an apartment you want to call home. Staff at your school help you navigate the apartments and locations. Your apartment is fully furnished and rent-free.
  • Orientation begins.
  • GeoVisions Foundation's 24/7 support from the moment you depart your home.
  • You have already begun to see the world and get paid.
  • The work experience you are receiving in China is envied by future employers.
  • GeoVisions Foundation's 24/7 support from the moment you depart your home.

Duration

One-year contract required. You will receive a completion bonus to offset the cost of your airfare up to $1500 US. If you sign up for year two and receive an additional signing bonus.

Visa

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

You are supported through the visa process by staff in China who do this every day. We know it can be confusing and tricky at times, but just an email or call is needed to help with your questions. We hope you have the time of your life in China. We are always here (and in China) to help you anytime you need it during your adventure.

Eligibility

The most important qualification required by the schools in China is that 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. You don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.

  • Hold a passport from the U.S. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa or Ireland.
  • Must be a native English speaker.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Clear criminal record.
  • No experience necessary. In fact, schools prefer that you have less than five years of teaching experience if you have been teaching.
  • You do not need to know any Chinese.
  • Bachelors degree in any subject is required. 
  • A commitment to 12 months of employment.
  • TEFL certification is required. Applicants who already hold a degree in education, or who can provide signed original letters confirming 2+ years of full-time teaching experience, may opt out of the TEFL course.
  • You must be 60 years of age or younger in order to receive a work visa.

Start Dates

The academic year begins in September and runs through July. If you can't get to China in September, we do have openings each month and can get you placed, based on availability. That also means you'll be starting your teaching job in China during the academic year after school has begun.

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Fee

$350. If you need to be TEFL Certified, the total fee is $999 and includes our 120-hour accredited online TEFL.

Your Fee Guarantees These Benefits

  • Starting salary starts between $22,000 US per year and can go up to $30,000 US per year based on experience.
  • A rent-free fully furnished apartment. Or, find an apartment on your own and receive an additional housing allowance on top of your salary.
  • Health insurance, 10 paid days off and 11 National holidays paid time off.
  • Your guaranteed job placement in a regular public or private school. Our placements in China are not in language schools, "cram" schools or ESL academies.
  • Schools are in Chongqing in Southwest China or Beijing in Northern China.
  • Airfare reimbursement up to $1,500 US after you arrive, based on the school contract.
  • Teacher orientation.
  • 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.
  • 24/7 support in China and from our offices here.
  • Visa guidance to process your Z visa through our partner in China.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival.
  • Assistance directly from China to prepare for your initial interview.
  • 120-hour accredited online TEFL certification if you select this option.

What's Not Included

  • Meals. You do receive lunch each school day.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.

Application Process

You can fill out and submit your application anytime using the red button below. If you prefer to speak to someone first, schedule a call and find a day and time convenient for you.

When you're ready to apply, fill out and submit your application with your $350 fee. What's included:

    • Starting salary starts between $22,000 US per year and can go up to $30,000 US per year based on experience.
    • A rent-free fully furnished apartment. Or, find an apartment on your own and receive an additional housing allowance on top of your salary.
    • Health insurance, 10 paid days off and 11 National holidays paid time off.
    • Your guaranteed job placement in a regular public or private school. Our placements in China are not in language schools, "cram" schools or ESL academies.
    • Schools are in Chongqing in Southwest China or Beijing in Northern China.
    • Airfare reimbursement up to $1,500 US after you arrive, based on the school contract.
    • Teacher orientation.
    • 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.
    • 24/7 support in China and from our offices here.
    • Visa guidance to process your Z visa through our partner in China.
    • Airport transfer upon arrival.
    • Assistance directly from China to prepare for your initial interview.
    • 120-hour accredited online TEFL certification if you select this option.

Next? Our Supplemental Application

After you apply, you'll receive our Supplemental Application with more detailed information about yourself and your qualifications. In this supplemental application, we will need you to upload a copy of your resume, passport, a copy of your degree and your TEFL Certification.

Interview

You will be interviewed twice. The first interview will be with a staff person here at GeoVisions Foundation in the US or China. And the second interview will be with the actual school in China.

A final decision will be made within 2 weeks of your second interview. When you're accepted, that's when you'll begin your visa process.

Z Visa

You will need to qualify for the Z Visa to teach English in China. You'll need a copy of your degree, a medical form, passport, a clear criminal background check from the local police, a copy of your resume.

When all of those documents are together and your visa application is filled out (you will receive a lot of help doing this) then you can take the packet to a Chinese Embassy or Consulate, or you can hire a visa service to do this for you.

When you receive your visa, you can buy your airline ticket and travel to China to begin your teaching adventure.


Apply Today

FAQ

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.

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.
  • A 30-45 second video, introducing yourself and explaining why you'd like to travel to China and teach English.

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.

One area where we place the most teacher is Chongqing, which is both a city and a region. The central city has 10 million residents, and the region, about the size of Maine, is home to 30 million. It’s an economic powerhouse with a brand-new metro and airport, and more shopping malls and movie theaters than you can count. Enjoy spicy Sichuan cooking, visit karst canyons or ancient Buddhist caves, or relax in the hot spring retreats in the mountains around the city. Universities, private schools, and kindergartens in Chongqing are always eager to hire teachers!

Is housing included?

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

Can I bring pets?

No!

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 toward hiring younger teachers. However, if you are an active, vibrant, energetic and creative educator who loves being around young people, you may 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. China has recently imposed an upper age limit on work visas for teachers at 55 years of age.

Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification?

A 120-Hour Online TEFL or TESOL 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. GeoVisions Foundation does offer online TEFL and in-class TEFL but you do not need to take your course from us. If you do, we bundle in the online TEFL course as part of the overall fee.

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 if the school will provide for airfare, and when and how they will reimburse you. Typically you receive half after a month of teaching and the other half when you complete your year assignment.

At this time, most of the reimbursement plans include around $750 reimbursed in the first month of the second semester. The final $750 payment will be made at the end of the program. The details are in your agreement and offer from the school where you will be teaching.

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 20 classes each week.  Each class runs 40 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 Foundation. 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, China.

Gallery

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 GoAbroad.com)

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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, 2019

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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.
I feel more pride for my own country, more aware of other cultures, and also less ignorant.

This program offers a very unique opportunity to be able to travel to China and experience another culture from a unique perspective that cannot be attained by traveling there normally.

Barry, 2019

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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 was lucky to get an absolutely true and authentic teaching experience.

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.

I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a change, a challenge and a bit of adventure.

Katie, 2019