China has the world’s biggest population and its third biggest economy.
As it continues to open itself up to the world, there’s been a huge increase in demand for ESL teachers. Learning to speak the global language offers local people increased chances of finding work and the prospect of a brighter future.
All the Essentials:
Details about i-to-i ESL jobs in China
Earn as much as 6,200RMB ($900*) each month and your employer will even provide accommodation... for free! You’ll also get free Chinese lessons, flexible timetables, lots of vacation and the chance to earn a month’s bonus! Get ready to enjoy a new life in China… apply today!
- Salary: Earn up to 6,200RMB ($900*) each month.
- Bonus: 700RMB - 7,900RMB bonus on successful completion of contract.
- Accommodation: Furnished private bedroom in shared, rent-free accommodation.
- Locations: Changchun, Dalian, Shenyang, Dandong, Pulandian, Tangshan, Yantai, Linyi, Weifang, Zibo, Dongying, Qingdao, Jinan, Lianyungang, Xuzhou, Hefei, Wenzhou, Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Xiangfan, Wuhan, Taiyuan, Chongqing, Guiyang, Mianyang, Chengdu, Xining, Lanzhou, Yinchuan, Erdos, Hohhot, Yulin, Ankang, Yan'an, Hanzhong, Xingping, Xianyang, Xi'an, Weinan, Yanliang, Tongchuan, Baoji.
The offer of a job depends on your qualifications, so we can’t guarantee that you’ll end up in your first-choice. However, if you express a preference we’ll do our utmost to try and get you a job offer there.
- Contract length: 6, 7.5, 12, 13.5 months
- Departure Dates: September & March (6 or 12 month contracts); January & July (7.5 or 13.5 month contracts).
- Student age range: From 4 to 50 years of age.
- Chinese lessons: Chinese classes, taken by a qualified Chinese teacher, are included in the package provided by the school.
*Currency conversion accurate at time of publication.
i-to-i's overseas partner has set the following requirements for all candidates:
- Native English speaker – you must have a native English passport (UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, USA or Canada). South Africa is also accepted, as English is the first language.
- ESL-certified (100-hour or 120-hour ESL course recommended).
- Holder of a university degree.
Teaching and Employment
- What age and level of students will I be teaching?
While most students are aged between 4 and 15 years, you should be able to teach a variety of age groups and levels.
- How many students will there be in each class?
No more than 18.
- How long are the classes?
Usually 2 hours long with a mid-way break.
- Are there teaching resources available?
All schools have plenty of resources available, but it’s always a good idea to bring some pictures of your home country, family and friends.
- Will I be teaching alone or team teaching?
Children’s classes will usually have a Chinese teacher present, while you’ll usually be alone with higher level children and adult students. Your manager and other teachers will, however, be on hand to offer help and advice.
- What kind of school will I be teaching in?
A private language institute.
- How much will I be paid?
Your monthly salary will depend on your weekly hours as follows:
- 15 hrs: 3500RMB
- 20 hrs: 5000RMB
- 25 hrs: 6200RMB
The cost of living is approximately 3000RMB ($440*) per month (please note that this is a guide only).
- Do I receive a bonus or flight re-imbursement?
Depending on the length of your contract, you will receive 700RMB - 7,900RMB upon its successful completion.
- How many days holiday will I receive per year?
On a 12 or 13.5 month contract, you’ll get two weeks’ unpaid holiday, while a 6 or 7.5 month contract offers one week’s vacation. You’ll also get 6 unpaid days for Spring Festival and 10 Chinese National holidays per year.
- What are my working hours?
It’s your choice: either 25 hours, 20 hours of 15 hours each week; you’ll be expected to teach some evening and weekend classes. If you work for 25 hours, you’ll have 2 non-consecutive days off each week, on a 20-hour contract you’ll work for 3-4 days a week, while on a 15-hour contract it’ll only be 2-3 days.
- Can I renew my contract?
Possibly, but you should discuss this with your school.
- What happens if I need to break my contract?
Your visa is linked to your contract, so your stay would become illegal. You’d also lose your right to a bonus and any other related payments.
- What will my accommodation be like?
The will be provided with a free private room in fully furnished accommodation. You’ll usually share with other English teachers.
- When should I book my flights?
You’ll have to purchase and book your own flights, but it’s best to wait until your teaching contract is signed.
- Who is my contract with?
Your contract will be with your employer: the language school or institute. It will not be with i-to-i or with our overseas partner. If you have any problems while on working, you’ll have to take them up with the employer themselves, rather than i-to-i.
- What visa do I need?
Our in-country partner will help you with the visa requirements and application. This is partly why the job requirements are so important: some are also essential requirements for the visa.
*Currency conversion accurate at time of publication.
While you can find work with limited ESL skills, our in-country partners suggest taking our top courses, the 100-hour Online ESL Course or the 120-hour Weekend ESL Course to give you the best chance of finding a good job. This will qualify you for more specialised and challenging ESL jobs with higher salaries.