China Paid Teaching with TEFL
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£2,178 (was £2,419), 180 days, China Trip code: CHPT

  • Adventure 2 out of 5
  • Relaxation 3 out of 5
  • Culture 5 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • A chance for ambitious and adventurous people who want to experience ‘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
  • Be an integral part of school life in China

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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 2500RMB per month once you start teaching and a completion bonus at the end of your placement.


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What will I be doing?

  • Trip itinerary (6 Months)

  • The Training and Orientation (4 Weeks)

  • The TEFL Course (4 Weeks)

  • The placement at the school (5 Months)

  • IT'S NOT ALL WORK! (Throughout your stay)

Trip itinerary: 6 Months

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Destination info

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!

  • Location: Training in Beijing, and then across China

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.

The Training and Orientation: 4 Weeks

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Destination info

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!

  • Location: Beijing

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 TEFL Course: 4 Weeks

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Destination info

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!

  • Location: Beijing

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.

The placement at the school: 5 Months

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Destination info

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!

  • Location: Across China

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. 

IT'S NOT ALL WORK!: Throughout your stay

Destination info

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!

  • Location: China

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 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.

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What's included?

  • Four weeks of teacher training
  • TEFL qualification
  • Paid teaching placement
  • Payment of 2500RMB/month
  • Completion bonus of 2500RMB
  • 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 & FAQs

Minimum age

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

 

Accommodation

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.

 

Meals

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.

 

Is this trip for you?

Programme Requirements

 
  • Completed education to at least A-Levels (or equivalent)
  • Good English grades at school
  • Appropriate personal qualities (maturity, flexibility, ability to cope with challenges, good communication skills)
  • Travel experience is preferred
  • A range of hobbies and interests
  • Copies of highest academic qualifications
  • Good health
  • No police record
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivity
  • Some work experience- either paid or voluntary
  • Experience of working with children, such as babysitting, teaching, coaching - not essential but preferred

 

Visa

Approximately one month prior to your departure, you will be sent a hard copy visa invitation letter and JW202 form for your placement. You will need to take this visa invitation letter and JW202 form, along with your passport, two passport-sized photos and your visa form to your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate where they will issue you with your X2-visa.

 

Please note: The cost of your X2-visa is not included in the price.

 

*Participants arriving into China on January 16th 2014 will have to leave the country on July 15th 2014, 4 days after the completion of the program, according to their visa restrictions.

 

Wages

The allowance is 2500RMB per month (There are about 11RMB to a British pound) and is tax-free. Your allowance can be paid either by cash or directly in to your bank account. You will receive a bonus for the completion of your contract, which is RMB2500 for the first semester and RMB4000 for the second semester. The allowance is approximately the same as a Chinese teacher would receive.

 

Your allowance will cover basic costs, but will not provide for 'savings' opportunities. It is expected that all participants will require additional savings to draw on, with the cost dependent on the amount of additional travel and entertainment expected.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. How much do I get paid per month?

The monthly teaching allowance is 2000RMB - approx £180 to £200 depending on exchange rates.

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2. 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.

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3. 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).

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4. 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.

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5. 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.

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6. Who is the TEFL certified by?

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

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7. 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!

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China Paid Teaching with TEFL

Eliza Egan - May 2014

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Wonderful experience, great challenge, phenomenal adventure, opportunity to grow

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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.

Do you have 3 top tips for future 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!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

10

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Charlotte Simons-dukes - February 2014

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(9/10)
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Unbelievable time one that I will never forget!

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What were the highlights of your trip?

Meeting new people and being able to achieve my TEFL certificate

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

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

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

8

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Kate Ocallaghan - July 2013

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made friends I will have for years, truly amazing to live, work and travel in china!

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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.

Do you have 3 top tips for future 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!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Ella Chandler - July 2013

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(9/10)
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Literally life changing, an eye opener about other cultures, teaches you so much about yourself, confidence building, unforgettable, excellent life skills

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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!

Do you have 3 top tips for future 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.

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

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Yes

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Clémence Chatelin - February 2013

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China is weird. China is crazy. Totally worth it!

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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.

Do you have 3 top tips for future 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.

Would you travel with our company again?

no

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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Sarah Moore - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Rembered for life. Made amazing firends. Amazing future asspects. Didnt miss home as much as i thought. Totally unforgettable. Great studying over there. Learn new things. Great to meet new cultures. Loved the unusuall food. BRILLIANT.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
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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.

Do you have 3 top tips for future 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.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

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James Ellis - July 2011

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(9/10)
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Wonderful people from China and Europe, amazing culture to experience.

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(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Walking the Great Wall of China and the satisfaction of teaching

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

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

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

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