- Gain that coveted TEFL qualification online!
- Guaranteed paid work in China!
- Get first-hand teaching experience
- Learn the local language with included Mandarin lessons!
- Explore Beijing and discover the Great Wall of China
- Immersive Training in Beijing
- Explore China in your free time
Get firsthand teaching experience and gain your TEFL qualification! This practical and hands on experience is the best way to become qualified – at the heart of a school in a new country, putting your skills to good use! This programme is perfect for both those with teaching experience and adventurous beginners, so as long as you come to China ready to get stuck in and inspire the next generation of children – this is the experience for you!
Following successful completion of your training, you’re guaranteed paid work in a school and you’ll have included Mandarin lessons! Your role in the community will make it easy for you to fit in and make new friends, and during weekends you’ll be able to head out and travel.
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Itinerary for your first 6 days in China
This programme features an itinerary that is designed to equip you with all of the skills necessary to begin your teaching placement in China and introduce you to the culture and customs of the amazing country you’ll be calling home! Below you’ll find an overview of what you can expect from your placement.
Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Beijing! Today is an arrival day, so relax at your accommodation and get some rest ahead of your busy day tomorrow!
Day 2: Orientation
Enjoy an introduction to the programme this morning, and get the answers to questions you may have about living and working in China. This evening, enjoy a tasty welcome dinner where you can get to know fellow travellers and round off the day in style!
Day 3: Mandarin and Cultural Classes
Learn more about Chinese culture this morning with cultural lessons, helping get you ready for your teaching placement, before brushing up on your Mandarin with a language class with your group.
Day 4: Great Wall of China and Beijing Tour
Today, enjoy a guided tour the Great Wall of China, China’s most famous wonder, and the incredible city of Beijing. You’ll explore a section of the amazing 13000 mile wall, and learn about its history, before heading back into the city to experience the modern side of China.
Day 5: Mandarin and Cultural Classes
Continue your cultural and Mandarin lessons with your group, learning more about typical Chinese life and the language with your group, making sure you’re all prepared for your teaching placement in the country.
Day 6: Departure to Schools
Today you’ll be heading off to your placement! You’ve put your skills into practice, so now it’s time to step into a fulfilling TEFL role and continue your adventure!
For the rest of your time in China you will be working at your teaching placement. During your orientation period our local team will discuss your specific placement with you.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change.
Your training is a rewarding aspect of getting stuck into our Paid Teaching in China programme! Here’s how the training works-
120 Hour Online TEFL Certification
- You’ll complete a 120-hour online TEFL Certification before you arrive in China
- You’ll be guided through the stages of becoming a confident, adept and skilled teacher
- The course is a globally recognised qualification
- The course is certified by the ODLQC
- This course is suitable for total beginners
- Begin your placement in one of the partner schools across China
- Participate in 2 hours of Mandarin lessons each week
- Get stuck into professional tasks, preparing lessons, teaching, and participating in meetings and activities
- 35 hours total per week: 10-15 hours in class in addition to office hours
- Monthly Stipend of approx Chinese RMB 2000 per month
- Upon successful completion of placement, participants receive a Completion Bonus of approx Chinese RMB 4500
(Please note amounts quoted for monthly stipend and completion bonus may vary and are subject to change).
Please note that applications close approximately 2 months prior to the programme start date.
Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.
- Airport pick up and transfer
- 120-hour Online TEFL Qualification
- Assistance with Visa application
- Welcome dinner
- Beijing city tour
- Great Wall of China tour
- Mandarin language lessons
- Briefing on Chinese customs and important information
- Meals (except at weekends and during school holidays)
- 24/7 support from in-country team for the duration of your programme
- Visa costs
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- DBS/Police Check
- Optional activities
During the training weeks you will live in shared apartments with 2 to 4 people, also training with you. If you are travelling as a couple, it is possible for you to be placed together in the same accommodation during the training period.
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.
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 little to differentiate them. Western food can be purchased in the cities, but the quality may vary and it is relatively expensive.
Please do not book your flight until you have received your acceptance letter confirming your place on the programme. You will need to have booked flights when you come to apply for your visa one month before departure. Please check with the Chinese embassy for further information.
Your flight to China should arrive at Beijing Airport on your programme start date, ideally between 6am and 6pm in order to minimise waiting times at the airport on arrival; if you are unable to arrive within these times please contact us for further information. You should book a return ticket which is changeable as your programme end date will not be confirmed until you are in China. A provisional programme end date has been added, please note this will not be confirmed until you are in-country.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that, once you have booked your flights, you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
To be eligible for this programme you must be aged between 18 and 45 years old. The eligibility requirements you must meet are listed below:
Applicants need to hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America, or any other native English-speaking country. Western European and Scandinavian passport holders can also apply, please contact us for more information.
- Aged 18-45 years
- Adept in written and verbal English
- Eligible for a Chinese Visa
- 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 serious medical conditions)
- No criminal/police record
- Understanding of cultural sensitivity
- Some work experience- either paid or voluntary
- Previous study at university is preferable but not essential
- Experience of working with children, such as babysitting, teaching, coaching - not essential but preferred
- Please note: Chinese schools are strict concerning facial piercings, visible tattoos and non-conventional hair colours
The deadline for applications is approximately 2 months prior to your start date.
DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)
An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.
The allowance is 2000RMB per month 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 RMB4500 for the first semester.
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.
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.
How Much Do I Get Paid Per Month?
The monthly teaching allowance is 2000RMB - approx £200 to £250 depending on exchange rates.
Can I Be Placed At The Same School As My Friend/partner?
This is possible, so please make sure you let us know who you will be travelling with at the time of booking, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Will There Be Other Teaching Interns At The Same School?
Yes - there will always be at least 2 participants at each school.
What Kind Of Teaching Positions Are Available?
Generally, there are three categories of teacher assistant placement: Kindergarten (3-6yrs), Primary (7-12 yrs), Junior High/High School (13-18 yrs). 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 the age of 18 years..
What Are The Ages And Nationalities Of Others On The Programme
The ages of participants varies from 18-45 years. However, the majority of participants are between 21 and 30 years old. Previous participants have come from the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Norway, Netherlands and many more!
Do I Have To Be University Educated?
You must be educated to a secondary school level and able to provide proof of these qualifications.
Do I Have To Be Fluent In English To Do This Trip?
Yes, you must be adept in spoken and written English. You will be asked to provide evidence of strong grades in an English qualification at secondary level or above. Speaking English is an integral aspect of this programme. Once you have arrived, you will be given Mandarin lessons that will assist you during your time in China.
How Much Do I Have To Pay To Book Onto This Trip?
A deposit of £500 is required for the trip and your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure. The Payment Plan is not available on this trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.