Overview

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 teaching placements in:
    • Beijing – public schools
    • Shenyang – private language schools
    • Fuzhou – private language schools
  • 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

Picture yourself abroad and read our participants’ blog posts on life as an English teacher in China!

Picture yourself abroad and read our participants’ blog posts on life as an English teacher in China!

Benefits

This is a FREE program!

Benefits package:

  • No program or application fees
  • Orientation and training upon arrival
  • Salary of 7,000 – 13,000+ RMB ( ~$1,100-$1,900+) per month depending on qualifications and placement
  • Free housing or housing stipend
  • Airfare reimbursement
  • Chinese government issued healthcare
  • 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 assistance

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.

Beijing Public Schools

Come experience life in the political, cultural, and educational center of China. Greenheart Travel is proud to work with the Beijing International Education Exchange Center (BIEE) to place English teachers in public elementary and middle schools throughout Beijing. This program was started in an effort to promote cultural exchange, improve English education and help Chinese students meet the language requirements of the college entrance exam required to attend university.

This is a unique opportunity to work in the Beijing public school system, helping your students achieve their goal of attending college, and to enjoy amazing benefits including free housing, a very competitive monthly salary, and flight reimbursement!

Benefits Include:

  • 13,000 RMB (~$1900 USD)/month salary minimum
  • 1,500-2,000 RMB (~$200-$300 USD)/month housing stipend
  • Chinese National Health Insurance
  • Paid summer and winter vacation (6,000 RMB/~$900 USD per month)
  • Airfare reimbursement upon completion of contract
  • Legal working visa (Z Visa) documentation and assistance
  • Other perks, like some free meals at the school, are common
  • Airport pickup
  • Personal attention from Greenheart Travel to ease you through the application, visa, and pre-departure preparation process

Eligibility:

  • Native English Speaker
  • Citizenship from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland
  • One of the following:
    • BA in any subject AND a TEFL certification (120 hour course required), OR
    • BA or MA in Education or TESOL, OR
    • BA in any subject AND 2 year of full-time teaching experience
  • No criminal background
  • Between 20-45 years old
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Have the desire to work with children and a passion for teaching
  • Be adaptable and open to new experiences
  • Ability to commit to a 12 month contract

Start Dates
All Beijing contracts are 12 months in length and include 2 months of paid vacation at half salary.

  • March 10th – Deadline to apply December 15th
  • August 18th – Deadline to apply May 18th

The visa processing time takes about 3 months, so it’s best to apply as early as possible to ensure enough time to obtain the proper paperwork and work visa.

Placements Details

  • Placement in a Beijing public elementary or middle school
  • Students aged between 7 and 16 years old
  • Class sizes around 30-45 students
  • 20-25 classroom teaching hours per week, plus up to 15 hours of non-teaching responsibilities including lesson planning, administrative meetings, and grading.

You may work with a Chinese co-teacher, but this will depend on which school you are placed at. Whether you have help in the classroom or not, you will be solely responsible for lesson planning for, leading and managing your classes. To create an immersive English learning environment, you will be expected to use only English in the classroom – knowing Chinese is not necessary!

If you are a new teacher, lesson planning for one 50-minute class generally takes about 2 hours but more experienced teachers usually only need 30-60 minutes per lesson to plan. You may have a book or curriculum to use, but most public schools don’t have many resources for foreign teacher staff. Taking a quality TEFL course is recommended for those who have little or no previous teaching experience as a more intensive course will better prepare new teachers for the realities of teaching. This program requires at least a 120-hour online TEFL certification and you can read here about How to Find a Quality TEFL Course to Teach Abroad

Daily Schedule

Working in public schools means that you’ll enjoy a regular school day schedule, Mondays-Fridays, from around 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Placement Preferences 

During the application process, you will have the option to select one placement preference from these 7 districts. All placements are with the Beijing Municipal Commission of Education but most of the districts will be outside the city center limits. Districts outside of the city center are still largely populated and teachers in these districts have access to great public transportation, nightlife and an expat community! Placement preferences will be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

Private Schools

With an increasing demand for English teachers in the private sector in China, we are excited to offer positions in private schools in the cities of Shenyang and Fuzhou as an alternative to the public school program. We are very picky about the schools we choose work with, and have found two excellent, reputable and thoroughly vetted private schools. Each offers fantastic support, with their own onboarding processes and benefits package.

Benefits:

  • 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!

Eligibility:

  • 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

Start Dates
There are limited positions available each year, so it’s a it’s a good idea to apply 3-6 months in advance of your desired start date.

Fuzhou (12 month contracts)

  • February 2018 – Deadline to apply November 15
  • March 2018 – Deadline to apply December 1

Shenyang (15 month contracts)

  • February 2018 – Deadline to apply by November 15
  • May 2018 – Deadline to apply September 15
  • June 2018 – Deadline to apply October 1
  • July 2018 – Deadline to apply November 1
  • August 2018 – Deadline to apply December 1
  • September 2018 – Deadline apply January 1, 2018
  • October 2018 – Deadline to apply February 1, 2018

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.

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!
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Connect with past and current Greenheart Travel EPIK teachers in our Facebook group

 

FAQs

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.

Accommodation

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.

For Beijing teachers:

All teachers will be given a stipend in their paycheck of 1500-2000 RMB/month to pay for rent. In China, it is common for landlords to ask for first month’s rent upfront, along with 3 months rent for insurance which will be paid by your school. Your school will send you accommodation options prior to your arrival and will pay these upfront costs for you so you have a place to move into as soon as you arrive. After that, you will be responsible for paying your rent to your landlord each month with the stipend you are provided.

Most teachers in Beijing will live in a Chinese-style studio apartment that will likely be mostly furnished. Rent is significantly higher the closer you are to the city center, so it’s advisable to live outside of the Third Ring road or further, if possible. However, your school will assist you with finding a place before you arrive or soon after you arrive.

Application Process

Application Process and Requirements

Required Documents for the application:

  • Signed Terms and Conditions
  • 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.

Completing Your Application

You should plan on completing the online application in one sitting. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner we can start reviewing it, set up your interviews, and hear about your acceptance. With your application and deposit out of the way, you can start planning your upcoming adventure in China!

  • Step 1: Select the APPLY NOW button to the right. You will be sent your unique link to your online application immediately via email.
  • Step 2: Using the unique link emailed to you, fill out the application. The application will ask for detailed information regarding your background, qualifications, and experiences, as well as general contact information.  Please treat the motivation letter like a cover letter.  It should be professional, grammatically correct, and two-three paragraphs. During the application you will also upload the documents listed above.
  • Step 3: Greenheart Travel will review your application and decide whether you qualify to move on to the interview stage of the process.
  • Step 4: 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 Skype 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.
  • Step 5: 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.
  • Step 6: Book your flight to China!