Erica Fairchild

Do you want to teach English and explore China at the same time? Seems impossible, right? But no, it is very doable. China is one of the fastest growing economy in the world. Being able to teach in China would be a great opportunity for you to learn a new language, explore and experience new culture, and meet new acquaintances that will last a lifetime. In addition, you will have the chance to travel to other Asian countries during your vacation. Learning English is so important to China because aside from being able to communicate using the universal language, it will also help them promote their trade and business easier to the world. As the demand for English becomes higher, the opportunity for teaching English as well is high.

So, how can you get a job in ESL in China? Here are most of the frequently asked

questions about the requirements needed to teach:

Chinese work visa or Z visa

A Z visa is a visa being issued to foreigners who will be working legally in China. It is only valid for 30 days and after this, your employer must process your Temporary Residence Permit for the duration of your contract.


You must hold a passport from US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland or South Africa, that is valid for a year.

A Bachelor's degree

You don't have to be an education or English graduate to be specific. However, if your recruiter or employer tells that you can get a job in ESL without a degree, be cautious as the government requires you to be a degree holder for you to have a working visa.

120-hour TEFL certification

You must be a certified English as Second Language teacher first before you teach English overseas. This will help you understand the needs of ESL teaching. Some schools may accept other teaching qualifications and offer sponsorship for successful applicants but if you're planning to apply in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai, it's a must.

National background clearance

After your successful application, you need to get a clear national background check from your home country. Employers want to make sure that their teachers are reliable and trustworthy especially when working with children.

Medical certification

You are also required to be medically cleared before leaving your home country and you will also have a second check in China.

You must be 22-55 years old

These requirements may differ from country to country and companies. You don't have to pay for all the requirements for you to be hired. Some companies will cover your flights and accommodation in the first month. However, you should make sure that you have enough money to cover your flights and first month of living expenses.

What qualities do you need to have for a job in ESL?

Teaching English overseas may not be for everyone. If you're not dedicated and passionate enough especially with handling children which may have different raising approach from your home country, you will be having a hard time. However, if you meet the requirements and someone who's motivated, willing to learn and be out of his comfort zone, this job is definitely for you! Be ready to explore the other side of the world and make a change in your life and your students' lives!

What are the age ranges for teaching ESL?

We offer ESL positions for children (Ages 3-18) through to adults. Our greatest need, and where we are constantly looking for passionate, energetic people like you is to teach kids in China. It's an unforgettable experience to put a smile on a kid's face and see their eyes light up when they learn English!


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