Teaching English in China: how to find a job

To be paid to teach English in China could be much simpler than you imagine! Our sister agency The travel plant can find you (for free) the respected and well paid teaching job that will suit you to make sure you fully enjoy a highly rewarding adventure!

To work in a foreign country is to immerse in its community and live at its culture’s pace. It is the opportunity to participate in local festivals, to witness otherwise inaccessible ceremonies and to truly open yourself to the world. To work abroad is one of the best ways to understand and appreciate a foreign culture.

China is, on this regard, paradise for travellers/workers. For two reasons:

  1. Chinese culture is still profoundly unknown in the West. Therefore, it offers an exotic, deep and rewarding experience on the personal level.
  2. Isolated from the rest of the world for the major part of the last century, China needs foreigners to teach English to its new generations. Western culture is still often perceived as mysterious and attractive.

One year teaching English in China: what is it like?


First of all, although most of the schools prefer one year contracts, some accept candidates for shorter durations. That being said, once you make yourself home, it’s easy to enjoy everything this enormous country has to offer with its extremely diversified regions. Food, culture, history and landscapes of all kinds: China has it all. Many foreigners who dare to dive in will decide to stay longer than planned or to go back!


One of the most interesting aspects is probably the salary/cost of living ratio. Indeed, foreign English teachers is always much higher than the local average salary. In Beijing, for example, a teacher can easily earn a net $2000 CAD per month!

But to this, you have to add three major benefits:

  1. Accommodation is generally found and paid by the school, near the school. (The teacher can also ask to receive a monthly allocation of around $300-400 CAD to find his own housing.)
  2. The cost of living in China being much lower that in the West and accommodation being paid by the school, it is possible to save more than half your salary, while visiting China and enjoying all the local treats and specialities!
  3. Finally, many of our partner schools offer to pay for the plane ticket of their new employee and/or the visa fees!

Each school is different, which gives you the chance to choose between several types of teaching and students.

  • Lesson planning: some schools provide lots of books, textbooks and all kinds of material the teacher can simply follow, having almost no preparation to do, while others will ask teachers to prepare their own lessons (also offering books and material). If teachers have to plan their lessons, those hours will be paid.
  • Age groups: you feel more comfortable teaching teenagers and young adults? No problem. Small children are adorable and you like the idea of being paid to simply play with them in English, sing songs or read stories? No problem either! From international kindergartens to tutoring schools, there’s a position for everyone.
  • Classes: once again, tutoring schools mostly work with one on one courses, while others will offer classes with 8 to 12 students, adding a young Chinese teacher (CT) to assist you.
  • Working hours: different schools have different schedules. International kindergartens have business during the weekdays while most private schools for kids work much better in the afternoon/evening and on weekends. One way or another, you will have between 32 and 40 hours work (planning included) and one or two days off per week.

What are the requirements to teach English in China?

It is not necessary to have a teaching degree, or even a college degree at all. A TESOL, TEFL or CELTA will certainly be a plus, but definitely not mandatory either. Still, one of those certificates or a bachelor degree (any major) will help you to get the school you want and often mean a higher salary.

The average Chinese person has a pretty low English level, so it is not necessary to be a native speaker. Each school has different requirements depending on their students, but since most of them are between 3 and 18, a perfect knowledge of the English grammar is definitely not required.

It is not necessary to have teaching experience to teach English in China. Having some experience with kids or teenagers will be an asset, and it should be visible in your CV, but enthusiasm and motivation are the most important factors. 

To live in China for several months requires a certain adaptability. English is not spoken by most Chinese people and even if each school offers an essential support for all its teachers, you should have a taste for adventure. To be interested by foreign cultures and to want to see the world are must-haves!

How to find a job to teach English in China?

Nothing is simpler, and nothing is faster! The travel plant’s team offers you to find the job (for free) that would suit you among a multitude of Chinese schools in need for foreign English teachers.


  1. Express your interest by sending us a message at thetravelplant@outlook.com, visiting thetravelplant.com or through the form below.
  2. Our team will send you a list of available positions in China with every job’s details (ex.: salary, city, age group, benefits, etc.). The list is also available on thetravelplant.com
  3. Choose one (or several) school where you would like to teach and send us your resume with photo.
  4. Our team will help you optimize your resume and your application, and will find you a job.
  5. Once hired, we will send you the school’s contract for you to sign. As soon as we will receive the signed contract, we’ll send you a final confirmation! Book your flights!


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