5 companies in China that are hiring English teachers like crazy
Do you suffer from wanderlust? Is your travel bucket list 10 feet long? Have you decided that this is the year you’re going to teach English in China?teaching jobs in China international school
Then we’ve got good news for you - with a massive population eager to learn English, China is the perfect destination for new grads across all majors, as well as new and experienced licensed educators looking for travel and career growth opportunities. (And hey, if you’re still on the fence, here’s five reasons why teaching in China is a good idea.)
So long as you meet the basic requirements to teach in China, you’re in luck. There are plenty of companies in China are actively searching for tons of English teaching candidates to help them fill their open positions. A great-paying new job (and travel adventure) could be just on the horizon.
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In fact, here are 12 of our favorites. Go ahead and block off a few hours of your weekend, because we guarantee you'll want to apply for them all.
1. The Explore Program
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Let’s start with the obvious one - the Explore Program, Teach Away’s very own teaching program in China for college graduates, ESL instructors and certified teachers!A TEFL certificate and some teaching experience can come in handy for your Explore Program application, but these are by no means required. We do require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree as a minimum prerequisite for Z visa acceptance, however, and the program is only open to people from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Hundreds of teaching jobs with the Explore program are up for grabs year round, and successful applicants are placed at top English language schools we’ve partnered with throughout the country. The salary and benefits are also undeniably awesome - you could be paid up to the equivalent of $3,300 USD a month, plus flight and housing allowance, paid vacay and health insurance - a pretty appealing prospect if you ask us!
2. First Leap
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You can’t go too far wrong with sending your application in to First Leap. The First Leap teaching team is only continuing to grow, and there’s plenty of room for graduates of all majors with native English speaking skills who are up for a year (or even more) of teaching and traveling around China.Teaching salaries with First Leap are pretty decent, ranging from $2,100 - 2,800 a month, plus extra perks like free flights, medical insurance and settling-in allowance.
3. Disney English
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Like the idea of Disneyland season passes? This is probably one of the most unusual - but awesome - English teaching perks we’ve ever heard of at Teach Away. On top of this, as an English teacher with Disney English, you can expect to earn anything from 10,000 - 13,000 RMB a month on top of benefits like a housing and resettlement allowance, paid vacation, health insurance and more.
They’re keen to hire native English speakers with a college degree and a passion for teaching little kids. Teaching experience isn’t essential but it could give you a leg up when it comes to landing a job in one of the more competitive Disney English locations.
4. English First
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With English teaching vacancies across more than 200 schools in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou English First is a great option for TEFL-certified graduates from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand. They’ll also give you a helping hand with the Z visa process.
English First teacher perks are nothing to be sneezed at either - you can expect to be paid anything from 13,000 - 15,000 RMB a month (depending on your credentials and experience), as well as a flight allowance, paid vacation, health insurance and free Mandarin lessons. EF is known for fostering a strong team environment for their teachers, and hold weekly social events and well as a job swap program for English teachers.
5. Happy Goal Kid
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Want to get away from the daily grind and gain overseas work experience? How about getting paid to live in Shanghai, one of the most spectacular cities in China? Yes, please!There are a ton of English teaching positions available with Happy Goal Kid for bachelor’s degree holders, no classroom experience required. Class sizes are small (10 students, max) and you’ll get lots of hands-on training to help you find your feet in the classroom.
The ESL teacher pay at Happy Goal Kid is highly competitive, ranging from $2,200 - 2,900 USD a month and paid overtime is an also option for those who want to bump up their take-home pay. Teaching jobs with Happy Goal Kid do fill up quickly, though, so this is an opportunity not to be missed.