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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.