Teach TEFL English in China

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is a great opportunity to teach internationally and experience a fascinating culture in a well-supported, structured environment. All you need is a Bachelors degree and a willingness to teach! No prior teaching experience is required.

Edvectus has partnered with a number of large organisations in China to bring teaching opportunities to current and aspiring TEFL (English Foreign Language) teachers.  

The Teaching Experience

Language Centres

This is the first job most TEFL teachers do and it's a great way to start your TEFL teaching career. These jobs usually involve teaching children aged 3-15 in after school and weekend programmes. You will be contracted for about 30-40 hrs/week which includes teaching time and 'office hours' when you do your planning, preparation and meet with students who need extra help. You will get 2 consecutive days off each week but they are normally not Saturday and Sunday as those are prime days for teaching children when they are not in regular school. Class sizes vary depending on the programme but usually from 5 to 25 children. There are more Language Centre opportunities than any other so this is where most people start their teaching journey and teachers in centres get lots of training and support. 

State Schools

Some of our partners work with government (state) schools. In these schools you will likely be teaching English as a foreign language across several classes and possibly several schools. You will normally work at the younger age ranges of 5-14. Class sizes are usually quite large in state schools from 20-50 children. These jobs are Monday - Friday only and quite competitive so only teachers with 2+ years of English teaching experience are considered. 

Private Schools

Private schools are a substitute for state schools and provide compulsory education for children aged 5-18. These schools hire expatriate teachers to teach English and sometimes other non-core subjects such as PE, Art and Drama (but never the core subjects of Maths, Science, or History which are taught by Chinese teachers to the Chinese curriculum and exams). Class sizes are variable but usually on the larger size. These jobs are Monday - Friday only and quite competitive so only teachers with 2+ years of English teaching experience are considered. 

We recommend you keep your options open and consider all possible job placements, especially on your first time around. 

All of thes are excellent opportunities to travel the world, immerse yourself in a new culture, meet other travelers, make lifelong friends, and get some excellent experience that will look great on any resume.

Pay, Benefits and Support 

All jobs will include: 

  • Housing or housing allowance
  • Flight reimbursement (the amount varies by placement)
  • Airport pickup and hotel upon arrival
  • Social activities so you can meet other expatriate teachers
  • Medical insurance
  • Legal working visa
  • Orientation upon arrival and with some clients, a pre-departure orientation as well

Salary range is RMB 10,000 to RMB17,000 per month depending on qualifications and experience. (Approximate conversions of the salary to the most popular currencies are: USD 1325 - 2525;  GBP 1000 - 1900;  AUD 1850 - 3500;  NZD 1945 - 3675)

The cost of living in China is much cheaper than in western countries, so you can save to pay off student loans or save to travel during or after your contract. China country is growing in every way possible at a breakneck pace, and opportunities abound to gain more experience, enroll in our training programs, get in-house teaching certifications, and grow with us!


Teachers must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • English first-language speakers holding a passport from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland or South Africa.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from one of the countries above
  • TEFL certificate of 120 hours. Candidates who do not hold an appropriate TEFL certification must complete the course online 120 hours and may be reimbursed. It is okay to apply without a current certificate, but you will not be issued a work visa until your TEFL course has been completed.  You must complete the course specified by the school.  We recommend Bridge TEFL - you can get a discounted rate by clicking on THIS LINK
  • Newly qualified teachers, teaching friends and new University graduates are welcome.

How to Apply

First, make sure you meet the requirements above. If so, fill out the form below and we'll review your information. If you're qualified, we'll be in touch soon to schedule a final interview with a school representative in China who can answer any further questions you have about living and working in China and at the school.

If your job offer is accepted, we'll provide you with your work visa and all further information to help you on your way. Simple!


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