China is a great place to teach…
Chinese parents place a great deal of importance on education, and there’s a huge shortage of English teachers in China which is why the salary is so high. Foreign teachers can usually save $700-1000 per month after tax. Whether you need the money to pay off a debt, place a deposit on a house or you just want to save up for fun and travel, it adds up pretty quickly.
The requirements are less strict than most countries as well. Here’s what you need:
- Native English speaker (with passport from USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa)
- Experience working with children (doesn’t have to be teaching English, but it helps)
- Bachelor’s degree in any subject
- 2 years’ work experience while not a student (any job)
- No criminal record
- Sense of adventure 😃
The more experience you have, the more easily we can find you a job and the higher your salary is likely to be.
We work with different schools, so the teaching hours, lesson specifics and salary can all vary. In general, there are two types of schools: normal Monday to Friday schools and weekend Training Schools.
Here’s an outline of a typical job from each type of school
Monday to Friday school: YiMeng Education
- Teaching hours per week: 18-20, plus 3-4 hours lesson planning
- Working time: Monday to Friday, with a couple of Saturdays per semester
- Salary: $22/hour (works out at roughly $1700 per month)
- Holidays: Half of January, all of February, July and August, all unpaid
- Kids in the classroom: 20-25
- Kids’ ages: 5-18
- Assistant teacher: with kids under 12
- Contract length: 10 months
- Contract renewal bonus: $450
Weekend Training School: ABC Dragons School
- Teaching hours per week: 22, plus 6 hours lesson planning
- Working time: Saturday and Sunday mostly, and some weekday evenings
- Salary: $1750 per month
- Holidays: 1 week in October, 1 week in January (both normal Chinese holidays), 2 more weeks whenever you want, all fully paid.
- Kids in the classroom: 3-10
- Kids’ ages: 4-12
- Assistant teacher: for the bigger classes
- Contract length: 12 months
- End of contract bonus: 1 month’s salary
- Free Mandarin lessons also included
- Flights to and from China reimbursed
If you are at a Training school, don’t worry about working on the weekends…
There’s a big community of teachers who party Sunday night, and in Kunming many go rock climbing every Monday and go cycling every Tuesday, so you won’t miss out.
Meanwhile working Monday to Friday gives you more normal socialising hours: on the weekend you can join a football league, go dancing or hit the bars. Whichever days off you have, there is always a lot to explore. Beautiful old towns are within easy reach of Shanghai and Shenzhen, while the nature on your doorstep in Kunming is unparalleled.
Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience with kids; you’ll get better at teaching every day, and the school will help you. Often there will be an assistant teacher in the classroom with you to translate and help with managing the class.
Most schools ask for a 1 year commitment, and after a year of work your CV will be very attractive to any school in China or further afield.