Paid TEFL Teaching placements in China

Well paid trips for adventurous young people who want to work and travel.

Our paid teaching placements in China offer opportunities to earn £1,100 to £1,700 per month, gain a qualification, add valuable work experience to your CV and make contacts for life in China. 

Your 120 hour TEFL course

Before arriving in China you will complete a 120 hour TEFL course. 

The 120 hour TEFL course will be completed in your home country before starting your trip to China and is included in our paid teaching placement in China. 

The TEFL course equips you with the skills and qualification required to start work teaching in your very own school in Shanghai, China. In addition to this, you will also receive a 2-3 day teacher training course in Shanghai. This is a fun course to ensure you’re fully prepared for life in a Chinese classroom! 

Your Paid Teaching placement in China

Worried about finding a paid teaching job in China? Don’t be. We guarantee you a paid teaching placement in China. 

This gives you the certainty of earning between RMB 10,000 and RMB 15,000 (£1,100 to £1,700) per month depending on your degree subject. This means you’ll earn between £13,200 and £20,400 for a 12 month teaching placement. Many of your other costs are also covered so you’ll either return home with good savings or have a very good quality of life in China.

Our paid teaching placements in China are available in either private language schools (3 to 12 years old), Kindergartens (3 to 6 years old), secondary schools (up to 17 years old). You’ll be able to visit several options after arriving in China before deciding which feels best for you.

You will normally work around 40 hours per week; usually 25 hours teaching (which includes teaching, assisting teaching, peer discussion and student reviews) and 15 hours preparation time. Yes, you’ll work quite hard but check out (below) the benefits you’ll get in return…

Who can join our Paid teaching placements in China?

Our paid teaching placements in China are open to people who meet the following requirements: 

  • Good command of English language, both written and spoken.
  • Be a university graduate and hold a recognised bachelor’s degree. Contact us if you want to join as an undergraduate. 
  • No previous teaching experience required.
  • Be under 40 years old. 
  • Be adaptable to new and unpredictable situations.
  • Available for 12 months duration. See our Paid TEFL Teaching in Thailand programme for shorter durations. 
  • Be friendly, adventurous, patient and flexible.

Apply Now for 2018/19 Find out more

We keep our application process simple to make it fast, secure and easy for you and us.

When can you start a Paid Teaching placement in China? 

Our start dates are very flexible!

We like to keep things flexible so we give you the choice of when to start. You can choose any month of the year that’s convenient to you. The only difficult time is around Chinese New Year. 

Tell me more about the Paid Teaching placements in China

Demand for people to teach English is China has never been greater. Government schools and private language centres have considerable budgets for improving English language skills.

This means we are able to offer fantastic opportunities to people who want to experience living and working in the world’s fastest developing major economy. 

Look what you’ll receive: 

  • 120 hour TEFL course.
  • Guaranteed paid teaching placement (no previous teaching experience required).
  • Salary – between RMB 10,000 and RMB 15,000 (£1,100 to £1,700) per month .
  • Accommodation – provided in shared apartment.
  • Flights – International return flights to China.
  • Airport transfers – on arrival.
  • Paid holiday – 11 days per year.
  • Teacher training course – a fun course lasting 2-3 days in China.
  • Health Insurance.
  • Visa and residence permit.
  • Mandarin course – short intensive Mandarin language course in China.
  • 1 day tour of Shanghai.
  • Orientation day.
  • Bank account assistance.
  • Continual training and feedback on your work.
  • Social events.
  • Can join with friends.
  • Flexible start dates.

Got a Question? Contact us Find out more

We are here to answer your questions. Send us a message or call us on +44 (0)1273 710569.

How do I apply? 

It’s easy and quick!

Complete our short application form including uploading your CV and Cover Letter. Please clearly state in your Cover Letter that you are interested in paid teaching placements in China. 

Got more questions? Send us a message!

Visiting the Yellow Mountains during time off from a hospitality placement in China

Orientations & Staff support

You will be met on arrival after landing in Shanghai. Whatever day or time your flight lands you will find us waiting for you holding a sign with your name!

Our colleagues in Shanghai will take you directly to your hotel (included) where you will stay for the first few nights while you have your orientation, tour of Shanghai and 2 – 3 day teacher training course. After this we will settle you into your permanent accommodation which will be a rented apartment (also included).

You will be briefed about cultural differences and we’ll help you adjust to life in a very different (but incredibly exciting!) culture. You will also meet other people on our programme and gradually start to feel more at home. Our aim is to ensure you have an enjoyable and worthwhile trip.

Our colleagues in Shanghai frequently check on your progress and we are on hand 24/7 for emergencies.

What you pay for

We charge a £195 registration fee to ensure your commitment to the programme and a placement fee of £495. Your salary will cover these costs in the 1st month. 

For our paid teaching in China programme your costs are detailed below:

Costs before you leave home:

  • Registration fee £195
  • Placement fee £495
  • Police check £26

Costs in China:

  • Utility bills (electricity, gas and water for your apartment) £20 per month
  • Food £120 per month (estimated)

Total costs for 12 months: £2,370


  • £13,200 to £20,400 for 12 months (exact amount depends on your degree subject)

Overall, we expect you to make a surplus of £10,000 to £18,000 over 12 months. 

We have hospitality placements available at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels
Tonino Lamborghini

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

“I wanted to personally thank you for all the help you've given me the last few months, and for allowing me to have this fantastic opportunity.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

"Thank you very much for everything, you found the internship I really wanted."

Gabriela Arevalo, Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

“I arrived at the Sheraton hotel and there are no words to describe how amazing this place is and how well they treat me. I hope my work here makes up for the good treatment I get!”

Alex Smarsch - Oxford Brookes University

"I would really like to thank you for being so involved in finding my internship. It was a great thing to discover your program."

Marko Djukic - Switzerland

Jason Billam - Plymouth University
“I have always wanted to travel with my work, and experience different cultures and lifestyles. China is now a place with so much to offer due to its phenomenal growth in the last few decades.”

Jason Billam - Plymouth University

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