China Paid Teaching with TEFL

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Highlights

Hiking the iconic Great Wall of China

Trip Highlights

  • A chance for adventurous people to experience the ‘real’ China
  • Get paid to teach English and learn about the Chinese language and culture 
  • Spend a month in bustling Beijing training for your TEFL
  • Get to grips with the basics of the Chinese language
  • As long as you have good A levels and are fluent in English, you're ready to go!

Trip Summary

Teaching English in China is a superb opportunity for those of you who want a challenge in a new, exciting environment. You'll get the chance to study Chinese, work as an English teacher and travel the country during the holidays. 

Taking time out from study or embarking on a career break can be a daunting prospect so the chance to travel and earn money can be the ideal balance. As part of the teaching English in China programme, you will receive TEFL training in Beijing to help you get the most out of your teaching experience.

During your training you will also take part in Mandarin lessons and be offered help adapting to Chinese culture and customs. You will receive an allowance of 2000RMB per month once you start teaching and a completion bonus at the end of your placement.

 

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip itinerary

This programme may not have a set itinerary, however our travel advisers are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about this trip. 

The emphasis of this placement is teaching English and British culture. You might also be able to help out in music, history, sport, geography or science lessons. As part of your teaching duties in China you will be expected to plan your own lessons, keep attendance records, correct homework and assist in the administration of the school.

There will also be plenty of opportunities outside term time for you to explore China and discover more about this incredible country, its people and history.

The first four weeks will be spent in Beijing training for your TEFL and learning the language and culture of China. You'll spend this time with loads of other people from all over the world, all planning to teach and travel the country.

At the end of the training month you'll head on to teach in a school. The location could be anywhere in China although most placements are in the south of the country. The exact location and age of children you will be teaching is determined during your training weeks.

Teacher training (The English Language Company Certificate in TEFL) - Our intensive teacher training programme, delivered by the English Language Company, prepares you to be a confident and competent English teacher intern in China. There will be both theory and practical aspects to the programme. You will complete the majority of the practical part whilst at the school, and your certificate will be issued at the end of the first semester.

You will learn about English language teaching methodology, acquire practical classroom techniques, improve your own language awareness, observe classes in action and participate in teaching practice. By the end of the programme you should feel confident in your role as teacher intern at your school in China. You might find it helpful to bring a good English grammar book with you as well as an advanced Mandarin-English dictionary.

The timetable will vary according to times of Mandarin lessons, teaching practice classes. The above is an example of the timetable.

Leadership training - This component of the programme is designed to develop your communication and leadership skills, which will help with your role in schools.

China orientation - During this is part of the orientation you will find out about Chinese customs, behaviour, work culture, dress, food, history, geography and travel.

Mandarin lessons - Learn some basic Mandarin to help you with your everyday life in China.

Orientation to schools - Information will be provided on the expectations of the role you have in schools and the systems in place to assist you once placed in a school.

Cultural lessons - This will include Fun lessons on Chinese cultural pursuits, based on arts such as calligraphy, cooking and painting.

Excursions - We will go on several excursions to places of local interest.

Chinese New Year - During the training period, there will be a short break to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Activities will be organised with the local community as part of this very significant Chinese Festival.

The ELC Certificate in TEFL is delivered by the English Language Company; a school accredited in Sydney, Australia, for the purpose of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

The ELC Certificate in TEFL comprises two phases:

  1. Theory and Teaching Practice – a full-time course over 4 weeks comprising a total of 108 hours of instruction, including both teaching methodology and teaching practice. This is a challenging course that prepares all participants for their role as a Teacher Intern.
  2. Practical Experience – this is completed in the schools. All participants complete a practical assignment and receive a reference from the school. The ELC Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is awarded at the conclusion of the practical component.

In order to successfully complete the training programme participants must:

  • Attend all input sessions
  • Attend all teaching practice (unless otherwise advised)
  • Adequately prepare for teaching practice
  • Complete and submit on time all assignments
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of English language teaching methodology
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of basic classroom techniques
  • Demonstrate good language awareness
  • Behave cooperatively and constructively with colleagues and trainers
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times
  • Speak only English during core hours of training

It is expected that all candidates who make a concerted effort during the Training Programme will be able to succeed. However, all must realize that this will require a dedication to the programme, as it is a certified qualification.

Depending on the complementary qualifications held, the TEFL certificate and school reference would allow participants to work in other developing countries in the future.

All efforts are made to ensure that school allocation areas are made prior to your departure, according to your preference, however this is not always the case. This is also subject to change during the four-week training period.

Although the school and the age of children taught will vary, all of the placement schools are visited to ensure their suitability for participants.

The academic year is split into two semesters, with each term being approximately five months in duration with the first one starting in early September, and the second starting in February. This does vary though depending on the time of the Chinese New Year, which is usually from late January to late February. The term breaks are for six to eight weeks from July to August and four weeks from January to February. There is usually a one-week break in October and one around midyear which will be published at a later date by the Chinese government.

The School Placement

You will be advised of your placement prior to finishing your orientation and training. It is the schools that determine the placements through selection based on your application. Placements cannot be changed once approved. Participants applying together can be placed in the same school.

Teaching duties will vary from school to school, but as a general rule you should expect to be in the classroom for 20 hours per week as a teacher or teaching assistant. During school hours you are expected to stay at the school even if you are not teaching. There will also be preparation time, meetings and assessment as needed.

Typical duties include:

  • The emphasis of teaching is on 'conversational English' and the culture of your country. Many teachers may teach English composition, reading and literature as well.
  • Some teachers may also assist in courses in subject field such as music, history, geography, or science courses in some international schools, depending on your background and skill
  • You may be expected to assist to write lesson plans, take attendance, correct homework and even assist in academic counselling if necessary
  • Assist in the administration of the school and prepare materials for classroom teachers
  • Even though the role is that of 'Teacher Intern' you can expect to take lessons by yourself

You will have the opportunity to nominate a region of China you would prefer – Northeast; North; Central East and South, although these cannot be guaranteed.

The Northeast includes Inner Mongolia, Jilin and Liaojing.
The North includes Beijing, Tianjin, Shanxi and Shaanxi.
Central East includes Shanghai, Nanjing, Huangzhou and Jiangsu Province.
The South includes the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunan and Fujian.

There are three categories of teacher placement:

  • Kindergarten
  • Primary
  • High school

You will be asked to choose your preference of placement, but these are not guaranteed.

Students are usually well behaved and keen to learn English and interact with foreigners. The range of English competencies amongst students will also vary from beginner to intermediate levels. 

Don’t forget that this is also an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture, explore a country and get to make new friends. You will get to meet new people not only at the school but also through the teaching network. Our in-country team will keep in touch with you throughout your teaching placement to check all is well and to invite you to social gatherings that they arrange giving you a great opportunity to catch-up with your fellow teachers.

Don't forget to also use some of your free time to try and explore some of this amazing country and see more of its iconic sites. Take a trip down to the walled city of Xi’an and see the Terracotta Warriors, the stunning scenery in Guilin, and of course take the opportunity to see a Panda with your own eyes. China has so much to see and do that you will be hard pushed to run out of new things to do.

Destination Information

The country we know today as China actually derives from a long line of smaller civilisations dating back six millennia. China’s influence on modern life is nothing short of remarkable having given the world a huge array of inventions such as paper, the compass, gunpowder and even pasta. The country is steeped in traditions and ancient practices and it is all just waiting to be discovered while you are in China teaching English.

China’s rapid development over the last 20 years has helped transform it into a global economic super power, but its historic roots are here to stay. You only have to visit one of the many temples, the Great Wall or the Terracotta Army to see that!

Trip Notes

What's Included

  • Four weeks of teacher training
  • TEFL qualification
  • Paid teaching placement
  • Payment of 2000RMB/month
  • Completion bonus of 4750RMB
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Food - except for weekends and school holidays
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Visa invitation letters and support documents
  • 24/7 Support from in country staff

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • External activities
  • Visa costs
  • Spending money

Additional Information & FAQ's

Minimum Age & Eligibility

19 to 45 years are preferred by Chinese schools. Mature 18-year-olds will be considered so get in touch!

Accomodation & Meals

During the training weeks you will live in shared apartments with 2 to 4 people, also training with you.

Your placement accommodation will vary between schools as each has a different format. You will have your own room and will usually have access to shared communal facilities in the school. By western standards, the accommodation may be considered basic, but by Chinese standards the accommodation provided to foreign teachers is spacious and comparatively of high standard.

Please note: The apartments during the training are single sex. We are, therefore, unable to place couples in the same accommodation during this time.

During the training you will eat in the university canteen. At the school meals are served in a dining hall. There is usually a separate staff dining hall. Western meals are not served – and you should try to become competent in using chopsticks as soon as possible! Chinese food is fresh, but milk, potatoes, bread and coffee are rare. Rice and tea are staples, but every meal offers a variety of dishes.

Chinese meals are similar throughout the day - breakfast, lunch and dinner will have liitle to differentiate them. Western food can be purchased in the cities, but the quality may vary and it is relatively expensive.

FAQs

How Much Do I Get Paid Per Month?

The monthly teaching allowance is 2500RMB - approx £200 to £250 depending on exchange rates.

Can I Be Placed At The Same School As My Friend/partner?

This is possible but cannot always be guaranteed. You would need to give us the details of those who wish to be placed together in advance.

Will There Be Other Teaching Interns At The Same School?

We will generally place 2 or more interns at one school or in close proximity of each other (less than 10kms).

What Kind Of Teaching Positions Are Available?

Generally, there are three categories of teacher assistant placement: Kindergarten (4yrs-6yrs), Primary (6-12), Junior high school (12-15), Senior high school (15-18). You will be asked to nominate your preference of placement when you apply, but these are not guaranteed.

I Don’t Have A Levels, Can I Apply?

Yes, if you have an equivalent education certificate to show you studied to at least 18 years old.

Who Is The Tefl Certified By?

The comprehensive 108-hour TEFL is certified by the English Language Company in Sydney, Australia.

What Are The Ages And Nationalities Of Others On The Programme

The ages of participants varies from 18 through to 50. However, the majority of participants are between 21 and 30 years old. Previous participants have come from England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Norway, Netherlands, Mexico and many more!

Extra Notes

Visa Information

To apply for your visa you will need the original copies of the documentation that has been sent to you via courier. You will need the letter and form to accompany the visa application form when you apply for your visa.

Please print off the application form that has been emailed to you and use the template pages to follow exactly how to fill out the form. Copy the sections in green word-for-word. The JW202 form and invitation letter should be presented to the China Embassy. The same copies of the JW202 form and invitation letter will also be collected by TTC in Beijing so please bring all copies to China with you. Should the embassy official decide to keep the original copies, please ask for a photo copy.

You are applying for an X2 visa. Failure to obtain the correct visa will result in a substantial cost to change your visa in China Please note that ‘Date of First Entry into China’ should be your programme start date.

IMPORTANT: Obtaining your visa is your responsibility and you should apply for your visa at a local Chinese Embassy or consulate. If you are applying for this visa in a country other than your home country, you may need to provide additional documentation as part of the process and above and beyond what is stated below. You should check with the embassy you plan to apply to.

You will need to submit the following:

Invitation Letter (original hard copy, must also be brought back to China)
JW202 Form (original hard copy, must also be brought back to China)
Visa Application Form - Please follow this template exactly as emailed to you, adding all personal information.
A Passport with at least 6 months validity after your date of departure from China at the end of your trip. 
2 Passport photos

The process should take no more than 10 days and you should receive an X2. Express services are possible to receive the visa in 2-3 days (call your local embassy to confirm).

Here is the link to the Chinese Embassy website for more instructions on how to apply: Visa For China

Please note that Real Gap and our partners in China have no control over the visa application process and any issues should be addressed to the relevant embassy or consulate you are using.

*Please note this has recently changed so you will need to read the information thoroughly to ensure you are applying for the correct visa*

If you have any questions regarding your visa application or would like us to help you when filling out the visa please do give us a call.

Visa courier service

For those of you who would prefer a specialist company to take care of your visa needs, we have teamed up Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice when arranging your visa/s for your time away; making your preparations for your trip easier and more straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here and select China.

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charlotte simons-dukes

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting new people and being able to achieve my TEFL certificate

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

Better places to visit would have really made the trip even better

Tips for other travellers?

Just enjoy yourself Don't look back Travel when you can

ella chandler

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Beijing was fun and the tour days felt really worthwhile, great experiences. I'd have to say the students were the best though, I loved working with them and I'd go back in a heartbeat, I'd have stayed if I didn't have University to go back to!

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

More culture classes, particularly cooking

Tips for other travellers?

Learn Chinese as hard as you can it's useful, make the most of Yashow while you're in Beijing and don't stay attached to TTCers, branch out to other friends in China.

Any other comments?

The mandarin classes in Beijing were not overly useful and on placement didn't happen, maybe insist on them more they'd have been useful

kate ocallaghan

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What were the highlights of your trip?

working in a chinese school. travelling during weekends, holidays. my placement location in guangzhou.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

better tour days when we were in beijing. there were only two. i did not think the most inspiring places were chosen, for example, the jade museum was totally boring. the Ming relicts park (beijing) would have been better.

Tips for other travellers?

-embrace the opportunities at your own placement. other people may have better accomodation or a nice boss etc. but just enjoy your own experience and what you have. every when your placement may not match your preferences exactly, they all have fantastic silver linings! -be prepared and do you research about where you want to travel during national holidays so you make the most of your time - learn how to use a subway and navigate train stations etc - meet and befriend as many chinese as possible and say 'yes' to almost every opportunity offered to you!

Any other comments?

6 months is definitely the optimum time for this trip. i was so pleased i had no more time than this but equally, if I had had any less time, I would not have seen and achieved all the things i wanted to!

Clmence Chatelin

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What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlight were Beijing, the travelling after the teaching but also the adventure of endless train journeys and of course the teaching itself. Bonding woth the children was very intense and unforgetable.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

I would have liked to know that TTC is in charge of me and WHERE I was going to live in Beijing, aswell as WHAT is going to happen once I am there and WHO is going to pick me up!

Tips for other travellers?

1. Enjoy and don't miss any travel opportunity! 2. Be patient and try to accept things eventhough you can't understand them. 3. Bargain for everything you want to buy, especially in the North.

Eliza Egan

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What were the highlights of your trip?

This was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. It was a great challenge, phenomenal adventure and excellent opportunity to grow. It was so much fun and I made many great friends from around the world.

Is there anything else you would have liked to have added to your itinerary?

No

Tips for other travellers?

1. Have some basic Chinese language skills before you leave. You will struggle to learn the language if you have never been exposed to it. 2. Get involved - the more you put in, the more you get out. 3. Find the humour in your everyday life - it helps to manage intermittent frustrations and makes sure you have fun!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Seeing the great wall of China and meeting people from all over the world and making friends for life. Truley amazing trip.

Tips for other travellers?

1. Known so background of the country where you are going e.g Food the Chinese food we get back home is nothing like it is over there.

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Walking the Great Wall of China and the satisfaction of teaching

Tips for other travellers?

Takes chances, not risks Be flexible Have a sense of humour

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