Steeped in history and gunning for the future, China features some of the world’s most stunning scenery, bustling cities, and a surprise around every corner. Boasting some of the best salaries and benefits in the industry, our Teach English in China program is ideal for anyone who wants to make a positive impact as an educator while living in a major Chinese city.

If you think applying to teach in South Korea is too complicated and Thailand is too mainstream, China may be the right fit for you!

Programs at a Glance:

  • FREE Program!
  • Paid private school teaching placements in Shenyang and Fuzhou
  • Fantastic benefits, including a great salary, flight reimbursement, and free accommodation
  • 12-15 month contracts
  • Openings and start dates year round
  • Orientation, job training and full support upon arrival

Have questions for a program manager? Email us at travelapplications@greenheart.org


  • Native English Speaker
  • Citizen of the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 120+ Hour TEFL/TESOL Certification (or equivalent)*
  • Age 21-40
  • Two years of work experience (in any field) after completion of Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Ability to commit to a 12-15 month contract
  • Prior work experience, especially in Education or working with young children, preferred
  • Be adaptable and open to new experiences


  • FREE to apply!
  • 7,000 – 11,500 RMB ( ~$1,100-$1,570) per month salary, depending on qualifications
  • 7,000 – 8,000 RMB (~$1,100) airfare reimbursement, upon completion of contract
  • Chinese National Health Insurance
  • Two week orientation and training upon arrival
  • Free housing
  • Contract bonuses
  • Legal Z Working Visa and Residence Permit
  • 25 teaching hours per week maximum (total of 38 working hours per week, including classroom preparation)
  • Visa processing documentation and assistance
  • Personal attention from Greenheart Travel to ease you through the application and visa process
  • Community of other foreign teachers to welcome you!

Personal start-up costs include:

  • Gathering and mailing your application and visa documents
  • Flight to China (airfare reimbursement is provided upon completion of contract)
  • $1100 – $2000 USD to get you started in China*

*Participants generally find that they can save 50% of their salary as well as fully reimburse themselves for their initial start-up costs over the duration of their contract.

Start Dates

Due to the time required to obtain the proper visa, it’s best to apply 3-6 months in advance of your desired start date.

Fuzhou (12 month contracts)

  • August 2018 – September 2019
  • September 2018 – October 2019
  • October 2018 – November 2019
  • November 2018 – December 2019
  • December 2018 – January 2020

Shenyang (15 month contracts)

  • August 2018 – November 2019
  • September 2018 – December 2019
  • October 2018 – January 2020
  • November 2018 – February 2020
  • December 2018 – March 2020


Placements Details

  • Teaching in an after-school program to young children
  • Afternoon and evening hours, Wednesday – Sunday (Around 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
  • Teach alongside a Chinese co-teacher
  • Students between 3 and 16 years old
  • Class sizes of 12-16 students
  • 25 hours teaching hours a week
  • Up to 13 hours of non-teaching responsibilities including lesson planning, administrative meetings, and grading
  • You can expect to teach around 12-16 students at a time.

The school uses a co-teaching model—two teachers work together in the classroom to deliver an engaging and dynamic lesson. The primary role of the foreign teacher in the classroom is to lead the lesson. Only English will be used in the classroom to create an immersive environment for the students. In the classroom, you will move through the lesson, organizes activities, model activities with the Chinese teacher, and coordinate with the Chinese teacher on classroom management and discipline.

Outside of the classroom, the foreign teacher is responsible for writing the lesson plan and discussing it with their Chinese co-teacher. The lesson plans for class generally take new teachers around 45 minutes to complete—there are lesson guide books in the teachers’ office to assist teachers in creating lesson plans. In addition to classes (and class-related duties), the foreign teacher is responsible for writing weekly e-mails (to be sent to the parents of the students), attending the weekly academic meeting, and assisting with on-going projects in the school.

You will usually teach about 2 classes a day, and each class will be 85-90 minutes long.


See life as an English teacher in Shenyang, China!

Orientation & Training

The orientation and training period is two weeks long, and held at your school. During orientation, general topics will be covered —culture, life in China, an introduction to the school and the different aspects of teaching there, etc. But, the bulk of your first couple weeks will be on-the-job training. You’ll also begin doing class observations (which continue for one to two months after the initial two-week training period). You’ll cover specific topics such as the school curriculum, teaching methodology, classroom management, available supporting materials (workbooks, flashcards, software, toys, etc.), and how to create effective lesson plans. You’ll receive hands-on training during the first two weeks in preparation for your own classes. You may be in training for 2-4 weeks depending on the availability of new classes and your performance during training.

Why Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel has been sending teachers abroad for 10 years and we have supported hundreds of teachers through the complicated application process as well as prepare them for life in China prior to departure.

Along with our extensive experience sending teachers abroad, here are some other advantages of applying for through us:

  • Our staff is in Chicago – we are available to answer questions during US business hours
  • Friendly, responsive, and professional support from program managers who have taught abroad
  • An experienced program manager will personally review your application to make sure it’s correct and ready to be submitted to the schools in China
  • Hands on support and personal attention every step of the way including:
  • Preliminary practice interview with Greenheart Travel
  • Exclusive tips and prep questions for your interviews
  • Access to guides and tools for each part of the complicated visa process
  • Tips and resources to expedite your documents
  • Comprehensive and in-depth pre-departure support includes cultural and logistical training
  • Continued support throughout your contract in China
  • Discounted document processing services
  • Travel For A Change” T-shirt and South Korea Culture Smart! Guide Book
  • We are a non-profit, mission-based organization

Want to know more?

Read about our past participants experiences here!
Greenheart Travel Reviews
Connect with past and current Greenheart Travel EPIK teachers in our Facebook group


What makes this program unique?

This program is unique in that it offers participants an incredible opportunity to be placed overseas before leaving the States, receive great benefits, and provide a valuable service to students and their families.

The schools pride themselves in having the best support structure and social atmosphere for its teachers, and operating with complete transparency.

How do I know if this program is right for me?

Our teachers generally share very similar character traits, even as they all have different personalities, backgrounds, and interests.  If you are flexible, open-minded, and enthusiastic, this program could be a great fit for you.  While you do have to meet certain eligibility requirements, these three attributes are equally important when determining whether this program is a good fit!

You should participate in this program if you:

  • Want to make a difference in the lives of non-native English speakers
  • Need a stable income while you live overseas
  • Have an interest in Chinese language and culture
  • Want to live in a vibrant, dynamic, ever-developing country
  • Possess flexibility, enthusiasm, and adaptability
  • Desire the adventure of a lifetime!

Can I apply with my friend or significant other?

Absolutely!  Of course, each of you would need to qualify and apply independently. If you are both accepted, and there are two positions available, you may come to China together. It’s possible that you’d be working at different schools, but you’d be placed in the same city.

What type of visa will I be working on?

All teachers will arrive on a 30 day single entry work (Z) visa. Upon arrival in China, staff will continue the application process and apply for your ‘Residence Permit’. The school will process the necessary visa paperwork, but it will be up to you to apply for your visa through your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate. 

How and when will I be paid?

Your salary will be paid each month (for the previous month) in local currency, Chinese RMB, and will be deposited into your Chinese bank account.

What does the insurance policy include?

Medical insurance is provided for the duration of your contract. Illnesses, injuries and accidents are all covered. Typically, about 90% of medical costs can be reimbursed.

Is China safe?

China is a very safe country.  However, just like in any country, you should exercise caution and practice good judgment: Be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, don’t walk alone late at night, etc.

Will I be able to meet other teachers on the program?

Yes!  You will attend training with the other new foreign teachers arriving at the same time.  This number will vary depending on how many teachers have been placed simultaneously.  There will also be foreign teachers working at your school when you arrive.  The school often coordinates social activities/events for foreigners and Chinese staff throughout the year.

What is the cost of living like in China?

Compared to Western standards, Shenyang and Fuzhou are big cities but your monthly salary will go much further than if you lived in Beijing or Shanghai. For example, a taxi in Shenyang will start at 8 RMB, but in Beijing it will start at 13 RBM. A hotel in Shenyang will run you about 150 RMB where it would cost you 270 RBM in Beijing.

Are there any required vaccinations for China?

While there are no required vaccinations for China beyond routine vaccinations, we highly recommend that you see a doctor or travel clinic for advice on vaccinations. You can find more details about recommended vaccinations on the CDC website.

However, a general physical exam will be required to obtain your work visa. Once you are in China, school staff will set up an appointment for you to get a more in-depth medical examination which will include chest x-rays, an EKG and other tests.

Are meals included?

No meals are provided for teachers by the school. Generally, teachers cook one meal a day, and eat at a restaurant for their other two meals. The cost of eating at a restaurant is inexpensive and convenient (both schools have a wide variety of options nearby). Each apartment has a kitchen where teachers can cook their meals. There are grocery stores within walking distance of the schools/apartments, as well many cheap street food vendors. Western food is also widely available, but will be considerably more than Chinese meals.

For Beijing teachers, some schools will provide lunch for staff but this will vary depending on placement.


For Shenyang teachers:

A single, studio-style apartment will be arranged and provided for you by your school. Rent will be covered by the school, but you will be responsible for your own utilities.

Typically, your monthly utilities will run about 100-200 RMB for things like gas and electric, and another 100+ RMB for internet.

Please note: you must pay a 2000 RMB (~USD $310) deposit on your apartment. If the contract is not fulfilled, you will forfeit this deposit.

All of the apartments  are located within three minutes of the school where you be teaching. Apartments are studio-style singles, unless you come to China as a couple (married, partners, etc.). Apartments are furnished (bed, tables, television, chair) and have a small kitchen where you can cook (to save money on eating out at restaurants, or to accommodate dietary restrictions). There are bathrooms inside each apartment with a sink, shower, toilet, and washing machine.

Each apartment has a washing machine in it when a teacher moves in. In China, there are not dryers, so teachers must hang their clothes to dry (on a drying rack.) Drying racks are generally already in apartments, but sometimes teachers are required to purchase them (for around 30-50 RMB.)

For Fuzhou teachers:

All teachers will have the option to have free accommodation in a 2 bedroom apartment shared with one other teacher or will be given 2,000 RMB/month extra in their paycheck if they would like to seek out their own, more private accommodation.

The shared apartments are all fully furnished and located within 2 miles of your school, so the commute to work will be close enough to walk. There are many local stores in Fuzhou where you can buy items for your apartment, but mostly everything you need will already be provided when you move in.

Application Process

Completing Your Application

  1. You can start the application here: Greenheart Travel Application. This first step includes things like your name, address and chosen start date and should take around 10-15 minutes to complete. Once complete, you will receive a link to a digital Terms and Conditions form.
  2. Sign our Terms and Conditions document.
  3. Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. Links to this part will be emailed to you. In this section, you’ll tell us about your medical history, your motivation for joining the program, and your host family preferences.
  4. Submit your required documents (below) at the link provided.
  5. You will have two rounds of interviews, each of which determines your advancement in the application process. First, you will have a short interview via video with Greenheart Travel. You will answer general questions and have the opportunity to ask more specific, detailed questions about the program. Then, your application will be passed onto the school in China where they will determine if they would also like to interview you. This interview will be a bit more formal than the first, but will should expect to answer questions about your experience working with kids, travel and why you think you’d be a good fit as a teacher in China.
  6. Acceptance decisions are usually given within 1-2 weeks of your interview.
  7. After being accepted into the program, you will complete all of your remaining paperwork, and you’ll be provided with the documents necessary to obtain your visa (read more below).
  8. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure in China!

Required Documents for the application:

  • Signed Terms and Conditions
  • Motivation Letter (as part of the application)
  • Resume
  • Passport

Please note: You will be required to provide a copy of your degree and TEFL/TESOL Certificate once you are accepted to the program and offered a contract.

Z Visa Application Process:

Once you are offered a position and accept, you’ll need to physically mail the following documents to China for Z Visa processing:

  • Copy of Bachelor’s Degree
  • Physical/Medical Examination Form (completed by your doctor)
  • Clear criminal record check, from FBI or local police station
  • Resume

Once your visa paperwork arrives, you’ll need to take the paperwork with you in person (or via visa service) to your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate.

Schedule a Call

Have questions or want to talk to the program manager, Kara? Set up a time to have a phone call below.