Also refer to the posts under ‘About Teaching in China’.
Thinking of a change? Teach in Beijing
Finding work in China is easy. There are schools and English Language Training Centres (ELTCs) in any city in any province who are continually on the hunt for English speakers to come and teach classes. There are many websites that provide lists of EFL job vacancies and you can check out the classified section in the monthly city guide for the larger places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen.
Admittedly finding a decent job is always a hit and miss affair in any place let alone thousands of miles away in another country. One of the best ways is to be bold, come over to China on a tourist visa and visit schools in the city you are most interested in. Nearly every school you go to will offer you a job. It’s up to you to decide if it’s the right place for you. Definitely find teachers that already work there and ask them what it’s really like there.
Note: The bigger the city, the better the wages. Smaller places may try and tempt you with a promise of accommodation. I’ve gone down that one a few times before to find that the so called accommodation was a dormitory. Another time I was provided with something that was more like a ruined bomb shelter. If you are travelling and are in for the experience then check the smaller places, especially in the south of China. If you are looking for something more ‘up market’ with a professional outlook then consider Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Chengdu.
A Helping Hand: Supporting you on your journey
Having been working in Beijing since 2007, I can definitely steer you in the right direction if you are interested in working there. Check out the post ‘Visas, Rules and Regulations – Looking for work’ for a start. You can also drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice or if you are interested in working in Beijing teaching various spoken English classes for adults then I can certainly get the ball rolling and offer a number of services free of charge. These are:
- Informal chat about teaching in an excellent environment in the centre of Beijing.
- An informal friendly meeting in the UK. I am currently living in Bristol though maintain strong links with my company so you are invited to come over and spend the day so we can get to know each other. We will run over key areas to do with your move to China including visas, work permits, rates of pay, accommodation and I will also give you a demo class at home so you know what you will be doing when you get there.
- Links with the management structure of the company. Welcome to a friendly family style approach which will make you feel definitely looked after. In terms of settling in and getting through your culture shock, you won’t find a more supportive company. They will give you 100% help in getting all the documentation required to be able to legally teach. Don’t worry about any of that; it will all be taken care of for you.
- Once we have met and spent the day, I will personally recommend you to the management in Beijing office and initiate your move.
Having a BA or equivalent is preferable, though if you don’t have a degree don’t be put off from dropping me a line. I’m sure we can work something out if you are genuinely interested in doing TEFL in Beijing. You definitely don’t need any kind of TEFL certificate to do it. You can do the governments one week training course which amazingly is the equivalent of two years teaching experience abroad.