Summer Paid Teach In China

Take 4 weeks this summer to teach in China ... and receive a cash thank you gift.

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Teachers open the doors. Students enter by themselves. ~ Chinese Proverb

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10

positions open for 2019 Session One.
June 23 to July 20

9

positions open for 2019 Session Two.
July 21 to August 17.

Overview

Are you a current classroom teacher … or hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Education? This program is an excellent opportunity for global teaching experience to enhance your career while getting paid a cash stipend.

Go teach abroad this summer as a paid English teacher in China with GeoVisions.  Spending 4 weeks (including orientation) teaching in China can enhance your teaching career. It is also a fantastic opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while experiencing the rich culture of China.  And think what you’ll bring back to your classroom at the start of the school year in your home school.

These positions fill up each year. Since we use rolling admissions, you will want to secure a position as soon as possible.

Go beyond the beaten path and experience China the way no tourist ever could … even for four short weeks. GeoVisions’ Summer Paid Teach In China program allows you to live and work in one of the world’s favorite holiday destinations while helping to improve the English skills of local children and experiencing and engaging in a meaningful cultural exchange. You will find a rich culture built upon a fascinating history and a country populated by a caring, vibrant people.

School locations are in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanxi.

Fee

$999  You will receive a thank you gift of $800 at the end of your program. Use this to offset flights, travel, or put in your bank account.

Duration

4-weeks

Visa

China F visa, namely the noncommercial visit visa, is usually issued to foreigners who are invited to conduct a lecture, an investigation, scientific and cultural exchanges, study tours and other non-business activities in China. Usually, the duration of stay on the China F visa is 30 days, which means you can stay for up to 30 days from the date of entry. In case that you need a longer duration, claim it clearly in your application form and the officer may give the duration of stay according to your need.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • BA/BS degree in any field.
  • Age 21+
  • Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.
  • 120-hour TEFL (in person or online)
  • Teaching experience, if you are not-yet graduated, your required student-teaching for certification is also acceptable.
  • Preference is given to current classroom teachers.

Start Dates

For summer 2019:
Session 1: June 23 to July 20
Session 2: July 21 to August 17

Costs

$999

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The fee you pay to teach in China during the summer 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.

Salary And Benefits

This is a teaching position in China that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will not earn a full time teaching salary because you are only in the school for a month. Rather, you will earn a stipend that is designed to assist you in paying for your meals and accommodation.

The stipend is provided at the end of your program. You will not receive National Health insurance, but you will have sickness and accident insurance from GeoVisions (US citizens only). You will not open a banking account (as you would if you were teaching a full academic semester or year) but will be paid in cash before you depart China.

The stipend is USD $800 paid at the end of the program. So do come prepared to pay your rent and food in advance of your first stipend payment.

What's Included

  • Job Placement.
  • Once at your school assignment, each school holds its own 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.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Visa assistance to process your F visa.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival.
  • Travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US permanent residents.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • Assistance from the school is available to find a suitable accommodation. We also have homestays in screened host families.

What's Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs. Plan on around $140 for the F visa.
  • International airfare.
  • Because this is a paid position, accommodation is not included. The school will help you rent an apartment, or for $300 you can stay in a homestay for the full month, which includes breakfast each day.

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 made 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 documents can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our China office for approval.
  • Within 2 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.
  • 3 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.

Summer paid placements will be in Beijing, Chongqing, and Shanxi.

Is housing included?

No. Your host school will assist you in finding a furnished apartment and you will use some of your stipend for the rent. Or, you can pay $300 for a homestay that includes breakfast each day.

Can I bring pets?

No!

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 who’s 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 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. In fact, 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 towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a 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?

If you are a teacher (or have teaching experience) a TEFL/TESOL certificate is not required.

If you have never taught, TEFL/TESOL is not required, but it would help you become more successful in the classroom.

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

No! You won't need to sign a contract for the one month teaching position.

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 20-25 hours/week with 32-40 working hours in the week.

Do I need to know Mandarin to teach in China?

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

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.

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