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.
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 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. Note you'll be starting your teaching job in China during the academic year after school has begun.
Starting salary starts at $40,000 US per year including the benefits below.
* Note all benefits and holiday details in your contract.
Most teaching positions in China require a TEFL or TESOL certificate. Even if a position doesn't have this requirement, research shows that having your TEFL teacher certification enhances your classroom experience.
There are many places to earn your TEFL or TESOL certification. One of those places is
With GeoVisions Foundation, you can earn your 120-hour TEFL Certification online, or take your GeoVisions Foundation TEFL course onsite in Peru, Turkey, Italy or Greece and then travel to China to begin teaching after graduation. The in-class TEFL consists of 130-hours and 10 hours of practicum. Please let us know if you have any interest in these courses.
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.
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. We provide a $100 discount if you take our TEFL course and then teach in a job you found through GeoVisions.
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 classes 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. 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.
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.