Teach English In China

Earn around $26,000 US per year

Plus free housing, airfare reimbursement, travel allowance, health insurance, lunch each day at school, paid holidays.

24/7 support, travel and accident insurance included.

  

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Overview

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.

Fee

$99 application fee for compiling initial documents, interviews and securely sending to China.

Teach In China Application

Duration

One-year contract required.

Visa

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. We will provide guidance.

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. 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 22 to 55
  • 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.

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. 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, summer teach in China, or our volunteer teach programs in Italy or Costa Rica.

Video

China for 5 months from Caela West on Vimeo.

Costs

$99 application fee

Salary And Benefits

Starting salary is around $26,000 US per year. This is a full-time teaching position. More benefits are listed below:

What We Include

  • Your job placement.
  • A housing allowance in addition to your salary is provided. Or, a free, fully furnished apartment. Your choice. The school will assist you once you decide on the type of housing you want.
  • Airfare reimbursement up to $1,500 US after you arrive.
  • $750 winter travel allowance to return home during the winter holiday.
  • Paid holidays.
  • Health insurance.
  • 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 guidance to process your Z visa through our partner in China.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival is typically reimbursed by the school. Once hired by a school, the details of the pickup or reimbursement are provided.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.

What's Not Included

  • Meals. You do receive lunch free each school day.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.
  • International airfare. This is reimbursed once you arrive and begin teaching.

TEFL/TESOL

Some teaching positions in China require a TEFL or TESOL certificate. Others do not. Even if a position doesn't have this requirement, we think having your teacher certification enhances your classroom experience.

There are many places to earn your TEFL or TESOL certification. One of those places is GeoVisions Foundation. If you decide to also include your TEFL/TESOL certification through GeoVisions, you will receive a $100 credit.

With GeoVisions Foundation, you can earn your 120-hour TEFL Certification online, or take your GeoVisions Foundation 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.

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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.

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

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. 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 classes 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, 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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