There is a very large market for qualified people to teach English in China. The key areas are General and Business English and there’s plenty of scope for private classes. Most of the language schools are in the East and South of China. Every year, thousands of English teachers find their jobs in this country. The living cost in China is cheap.

China is located in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam. It has a population of about 1.357 billion, and the demand for English teachers in China is huge.

Average Monthly Salary
US $800 – $1600 with free housing, US $1,800 – $2,500 housing not included*
Average Monthly Cost Of Living
US $300-$400 with free housing, US $900-$1,300 with housing not included
Peak Hiring Times
Public Schools: May-June, ESL Schools: year-round
Visa Requirements
Visa sponsored by employer; once you receive documents, you can apply for visa within your own country.
Australian Government Travel Advice
Exercise normal safety precautions

*Many jobs offer free perks like flight reimbursement, housing, TESOL certification, visa fees and Chinese lessons. If you are getting paid on the lower end of the spectrum, be sure you have at least some of these benefits.


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