TEACH ABROAD IN CHINA GUIDE

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How do I get a teaching job in China?

If you are looking for a job to teach English abroad, China will be a great choice. Chinese culture is unique and fascinating; it will be a great experience to work in China. Owing to the rapid economic development, the demand for English learning in China has growing dominantly in recent years. This provides a great opportunity for English speakers to easily find competitive teaching jobs in China. Please click the "Apply Now" button to connect to our HR department for further information and work opportunities.

Am I qualified to teach in China?

A passport holder from: the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or South African. (due to visa regulations). Graduate (of any subject) with a bachelor degree. Clean background check. Have a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA/TESL certification .

Do I need a TEFL certificate to teach in China?

You need to have a teaching credentials (TEFL/TESOL/CELTA/ PGCE, etc.). Candidates graduated from major in education do not need teaching credentials. Reference letters issued by the previous employers in China and overseas, which covers recent 2 years teaching experiences could instead of teaching certificate.

Do I need to have a degree to teach in China?

Candidates need to have a bachelor degree of any subject.

What do you need to do to teach English abroad?

If you are looking a job to teach English abroad, China is a great option. Chinese culture is really different to experience in one's life. The demand to learn English is unimaginable huge when China is growing fast on economy and more frequently interacting with the world outside. This creates a huge opportunity for English speakers to easily find a teaching job in China with competitive offers. Please click the "Apply Now" button to connect to our HR to know about what you need to do to get the opportunities.

How far in advance can I apply to work in China?

Usually you need to apply for a job by at least one month in advance since it takes time to get the visa and work permit to work legally in China. It's recommended to apply for a job by 2-3 months in advance even up to a year in advance.

I don’t have any teaching experience, can I still apply?

Yes. Previous teaching experience is preferred but not a must, and our awesome academic department also offer professional trainings for all of our teachers.

I can’t speak Chinese. Is that a problem?

You can teach English in China without knowing how to speak Chinese. Students expect to get immersed in English during class and so speaking Chinese is actually discouraged in class. Often there is the option of having a Chinese teaching assistant to help with giving instructions and translating if need be, especially for young learner classes. Some schools provide Mandarin Chinese lessons and plenty of support for new arrivals. It is relatively easy to set up extra Chinese lessons and there are a plenty of resources available for self study, if you wish to.

How much are teachers paid in China?

In China most of the local teachers in public schools under high school level are paid about 6000 RMB per month. Local teachers above high school level e.g. colleges or universities are a bit higher around RMB 10000 for the professors. The payment varies in different regions in China. Joblink Education pays the hired foreign teachers would range from RMB 8000 to RMB 16000 depending on the job positions and work locations.

What are needed by Joblink when I decide to go on with the interview?

Please email Joblink these: Your CV, passport photo and recent photograph together with your skype or other IM ID, and the degree certificate.


What is TEFL /TESOL?

TEFL is an abbreviation for Teaching English as a Foreign Language, to teach English in a country where English is not the first language. TESOL, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, encompasses both TEFL and TESL and can mean either one or both.

What do you need to teach English in China?

Four conditions: (1) You need to be a native English speaker. If you're not, you need have native-like English Proficiency and educated at a university in native English speaking country like UK/USA/Canada/Australia/Ireland etc. (2) You need have a bachelor degree (for a few cases college degree is acceptable however it needs confirmation from our professional HR in advance). (3) You need pass through the criminal record check to get the work permit (4) You need work and live independently in a foreign country with different culture for a year or longer. Professional service and support is available from Echo Education to get you through all of the complicated procedures from the first contact to the possible culture shock after your arrival.

Who would be my main contact when we get to China?

The recruiter and an appointed person in the company. In most cases, the school assigns a person as well.

If I am not treated well or I don't like the school, do I contact Echo and will it be sorted out?

We will consider this situation as an issue and do any necessary mediation.

Do you do an induction or orientation? How long is this and where will I stay?

Yes, we have orientation sessions for 3-5 days. And we will help you with Sim card and bank card, you will stay in a hotel near to the company, and we pay the hotel expense.

What happens when I arrive at the airport ?

One of our Echo employees will meet you at the airport.

How do teachers get medical insurance reimbursed?

The health insurance is in the package. The teacher will be bought the medical insurance days after his / her arrival. When the teacher is seeking for a medical care, he or she should pay the expense and keep the receipt back to the company. Then our service people will help him or her to get the money reimbursed within a few days.

Will I have medical insurance when I'm in China?

Echo follows the states regulations to get foreign teacher's working permit, and buy the medical insurance for you. You can have health service in most hospitals, and get reimbursement.

Will any type of TEFL certificate be suitable?

The TEFL certificates is always a plus factor for our clients to accept the teacher, and for the visa office to approve the working permit.

At what point is the school, accommodation, meals, internet etc confirmed with me and will we always get photographs in advance?

Usually shortly after our clients sign contract with Echo, we will have this information, and the candidates can know it during the interview or some occasions afterwards. However, this can only be true when we both agree on the school assignments, as the result, sometime it's hard to have a fixed appointment.


Does Echo arrange all the other work permit matters and is this done directly with the candidate or through Assist?

The candidate only needs to send us the materials. Echo will handle all the rest.

What is the cost of a Z Visa and how do we do this? What is the process?

On receiving the working permit and the invitation letters, the teacher goes to the local (or otherwise specified in the profile form) China embassy or consulate for the z-visa (minimal 125 pound or so). The cost for the z-visa in their country is covered by the teacher him/herself, and the rest is covered by Echo.

Do I need to arrange my own flight to China and Z-Visa?

Yes. The flight allowance can only be got on the completion of the contract. Echo will email you all the materials needed to get a Z-visa.

Do I need to be a native English speaker to teach English in China?

No. If you have been educated at a university in a native English speaking country like UK/USA/Canada/Australia/Ireland etc you are eligible to apply. Anytime to speak fluent English is mandatory to teach English in China.

What will happen after I pass the interview?

Echo will email you the contract, offer letter (details of the offer as the contract attachment) and the profile form. The candidate sends back the signed contract (by electronic way) and the profile form within 3 days.

Then we start to prepare the working permit and the invitation letters which will take 10 - 11 working days. On receiving the working permit and the invitation letters, the teacher goes to the local (or otherwise specified in the profile form) China embassy or conculate for the z-visa. The cost for the z-visa in their country is covered by the teacher him/herself, and the rest is covered by Echo.

Do I need to be a native English speaker to teach in China?

It depends on the required language to teach in. If you're required to teach in Russian, German, French, or other language, you don't need to be a native English speaker. English speaking helps but that's not mandatory.