TEFL Exchange's Guide to China
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TEACHING ENGLISH IN CHINA

Potentially the most popular destinations for teaching English as a foreign language today. More and more opportunities are arising in China today, with a lucrative salary, exciting teaching life and a culture shock you'll learn to love, expect secret selfies and the occasional stare from locals, but the more you get to know them the harder you'll find it to leave.
Most cities have an exciting expat lifestyle, who often welcome you with helpful advice and opportunities to mingle. This eases your initiation into China, many locals will also assist you as well, helping you get around town and trying the local delicacies. Don't be shy to the occasional speaking practice, the opportunity to speak English doesn't always come around often for them. 
The teaching lifestyle is one to be desired! Most lessons consist of games and active teaching method's, many students (particularly primary level) see English lessons as a break from their stricter lessons, so you'll often be welcomed with hugs, high fives and the occasional student climbing upon your back. Most teachers averagely work between 20-30 hours per week, but don't be surprised if you find yourself more exhausted than the 40+ hours you're use to at home, keeping up with students is exhausting but incredible rewarding.
TEACHING ENGLISH IN CHINA

Potentially the most popular destinations for teaching English as a foreign language today. More and more opportunities are arising in China today, with a lucrative salary, exciting teaching life and a culture shock you'll learn to love, expect secret selfies and the occasional stare from locals, but the more you get to know them the harder you'll find it to leave.
Most cities have an exciting expat lifestyle, who often welcome you with helpful advice and opportunities to mingle. This eases your initiation into China, many locals will also assist you as well, helping you get around town and trying the local delicacies. Don't be shy to the occasional speaking practice, the opportunity to speak English doesn't always come around often for them. 
The teaching lifestyle is one to be desired! Most lessons consist of games and active teaching method's, many students (particularly primary level) see English lessons as a break from their stricter lessons, so you'll often be welcomed with hugs, high fives and the occasional student climbing upon your back. Most teachers averagely work between 20-30 hours per week, but don't be surprised if you find yourself more exhausted than the 40+ hours you're use to at home, keeping up with students is exhausting but incredible rewarding.
COST OF LIVING

 Salary
 Rent
 Meal
 Beer
 Water
 
9000-15000¥
2000-5000¥
20-40¥
 
($1300-2200)
($290-730)
($3-6)
($0.75)
($0.30)
 
 Transport (Single fare)
 Taxi (Based on 1km)
 Utilities
 Cinema
 Gym (Per month)
2.20¥
280¥
60¥
320¥
($0.30)
($0.35)
($40)
($8.75)
($46)
Salary: 9000-15000¥ ($1300-2200)
Rent: 2000-5000¥ ($290-730)
Meal: 20-40¥ ($3-6)
Beer: 5¥ ($0.75)
Water: 2¥ ($0.30)
Transport (Single fare):  ($0.30)
Taxi (Based on 1km): 2.20¥ ($0.35)
Utilities: 280¥ ($40)
Cinema: 60¥ ($8.75)
Gym (Per month): 320¥ ($46)
Domestic Flight (based on Guangzhou to Shanghai): 825¥ ($120)
 Domestic Flight (based on Guangzhou to Shanghai)     825¥     ($120)
JOB REQUIREMENTS

- University Degree
- 1st Language: English
- No Experience required (2 years is desired)
- 100 hour TEFL Certified (minimum)
We recommend a 100 hour TEFL degree, although it is not necessary. It gives you experience and knowledge before you’ve started the job and you will have a better chance of getting hired, but at the lower end of the pay grade.
For higher paid jobs with reputable schools, a TESOL or CELTA is required - you can find out more about that here.
VISA REQUIREMENTS

You are required to get a ‘Z-Visa’ to teach in China, and this is required before you enter the country. If you have already got a job before arriving, your new school will likely include a visa service in their package. There are many services that will assist you with this online, for example ESL Suite break down the process simply and visually.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

- University Degree
- 1st Language: English
- No Experience required (2 years is desired)
- 100 hour TEFL Certified (minimum)
We recommend a 100 hour TEFL degree, although it is not necessary. It gives you experience and knowledge before you’ve started the job and you will have a better chance of getting hired, but at the lower end of the pay grade.
For higher paid jobs with reputable schools, a TESOL or CELTA is required - you can find out more about that here.
VISA REQUIREMENTS

You are required to get a ‘Z-Visa’ to teach in China, and this is required before you enter the country. If you have already got a job before arriving, your new school will likely include a visa service in their package. There are many services that will assist you with this online, for example ESL Suite break down the process simply and visually.