China is emerging as a global economic powerhouse with education at its core. English competency and schooling in general is a major focus for the Chinese government as a key driver in commerce.
Teachers in China can expect a good salary inclusive of benefits. Salaries are often lower in China than in other Asian countries but this is relative to the significantly lower costs of living here.
Opportunities to learn the language and explore Chinese culture make teaching in China one of the most eye-opening experiences for ambitious teachers looking to develop overseas.
- Capital - Beijing
- Population - 1,380,902,047
- Currency - Yuan Renminbi (¥)
- Religion - Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity
- Language - Standard Mandarin
- Major Mountain Ranges - Himalayas
- Major Rivers - Yangtze, Yellow
- 11 national holidays per year
Fun facts about China
- Developed about 5,000 years ago, the earliest chopsticks were used for cooking, not eating.
*It took around 37 years to make the Terracotta Army, a set of around 8,000 clay soldiers built in Xi’an to guard an Emperor's tomb
- Chinese brides often wear red, a colour considered to be lucky
- The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days
Salary and benefits
Teaching salary in China typically ranges from $2000 - $4500 USD per month. Benefits typically include free accommodation (or accommodation allowance), return flights, medical insurance and in some instances, funded training. The low cost of living mean’s teachers can expect to live comfortably and save money at the same time.
Requirements to teach in China
- Teachers must be licenced and/or certified to teach in their native country
- You must be a fluent, English speaker
- You must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant subject
- You must have at least 2 years’ teaching experience at the relevant level and in the relevant subject
Working hours in China
Schools typically have an average of 20-25 teaching hours per week, however this will be different in every school.
About China – the experience
China’s extensive and intriguing history is ever-present in its famous landmarks, fascinating culture, exotic cuisine and traditional celebrations.
A visit to the Great Wall of China and The Forbidden City is a must, and for teachers who find themselves in Xian City, one of the easiest ways to take in the city is by riding around the still-intact ancient city wall on a bike. After a day of classroom teaching in China, hop onto a bike with a friend and take in the sights and sounds of this 3000 year old city.
Experience China’s traditional festivals, try exotic Chinese cuisine, immerse yourself in some of the world’s most lively cities, or find your inner balance with early morning tai chi lessons. You will find yourself teaching English in a culture that is very different from your own but you’ll be bringing your own culture into the classroom through your lesson plans.
Food in China
The staple food in China is usually rice and wheat. Millet, corn, buckwheat, potato, sweet potato and many kinds of legumes are also common. Food like steamed bread, noodles, deep-fried twisted dough sticks, steamed stuffed buns, as well as various gruels, cakes and snacks with special local flavors always make the dining table rich and colorful to bring you extraordinary treats.
Speak to our consultants for a more in depth view of living and working in China