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Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world – Your guide for an amazing Teaching Adventure

Become a teacher Teaching English around the world – If you can speak English then you can teach it!

(In this article we will be discussing how to become a teacher teaching English around the world, specifically for china, for other locations & languages check our job site here)

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China… A country far away, with it’s beautiful landscape and amazing scenery, it’s one of the most popular countries that travelers go to and quite a bit of them end up working there (including me), although the information from the news isn’t always that quite positive about china’s position in the world, life inside china is actually quite different, it’s quite amazing and a great place to travel, live and work.

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Become a teacher Teaching English around the world

Teaching English in China

Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world
Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world

Becoming an English teacher in china doesn’t just provide a big opportunity for traveling and sightseeing, but also a huge opportunity to make good money and the great amount of benefits that come with it, like free apartment, flight ticket reimbursement( or on some cases paid air ticket), food, receiving training. (don’t worry if you haven’t taught a single class in your entire life, there are plenty of schools who will provide you with opportunity to gain experience, also called earn while you learn!)


Teach English abroad – Salary and cost of living

Depending which city you live in the salary can vary from 10.000 to 15.000 RMB (1500 to 2200 USD) from the smaller to mid sized cities.

15.000  to 20.000+ ( 2200 to 3000+ USD) from the middle sized cities like Chengdu, Guangzhou.

and 15.00 to 30.000+ (2200 to 4500+ USD)  from the mid sized to the bigger cities like Beijing, Shanghai.

The living costs for a full time English teacher is quite low, in the lower tier cities i usually spend around 1500 to 2000 RMB and save the rest for whatever endeavor i decide to do in the future, in the bigger cities however, the utilities & food are a little more expensive, but then again the salary is higher, the spending habits, if you keep a reasonably low costs living, can vary from 2000 to 3000 RMB.

This is if you spend your money on food and occasionally going to the bar/club or other things like that,

I do know some people, usually younger folks who would spend nearly all their money on going out and having fun, well that’s totally up to you what you want to do, it’s your money and enjoying your life is just as important.. ?


with most schools the benefits will be:

  • Free apartment or housing allowance
  • Great salary
  • Work visa
  • Free training
  • paid national holidays + (usually) 10 to 20 days paid vacation of your own choosing
  • Promotion opportunities and bonuses
  • contract bonus
  • performance bonus
  • extra bonuses
  • flight ticket Reimbursement (or in some cases paid air ticket)
  • Airport pickup
  • free Chinese lessons

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Teaching English as a foreign language isn’t really that difficult, however if you have never done it before, it does take some time getting use to the new position, everyone can be a bit nervous while standing in front a of the first class, even the most experienced teachers, heck i know i was!

The best part of this journey is the amazing experience you will go through, The people in china are very nice, i know politically most countries do not get along very well, but most citizens do get along very well, including the ones in china, the security is very high, you will be completely safe from harm (unless it’s self inflicted….).

If you are ever in need of some help, most people will be more than happy to give you whatever assistance you need, the food is delicious, most cities in china will have both Chinese and Western food for you to enjoy, traveling is amazing, the clubs and bars are great and the girls of course are very beautiful (for the guys among us, He he!).

Foreigners are well-liked in China, the girls like foreigners a lot whether it’s friendship or more….

same goes for the guys liking foreigner girls, although it’s not often that the feeling is mutual… Reason : Unknown… But whatever the situation, there is always room for a lot of fun and activities to enjoy, there are so many amazing friendships that can be made, lasting friendships that are worth keeping for a life time.

but let’s get back to the point, lets move on to the job offers shall we?


Teach English abroad – Time for work and (most importantly) pleasure!

Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world
Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world

A lot of the schools require certain qualifications to teach in china, the main two are to be a native speaker or a non- native speaker with a college degree, however for a lot of other schools this is not the case, as English teachers are highly wanted and the pay is high.


TEFL Certificate

A TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) certificate is also preferred and sometimes a requirement in most schools, also some schools might be willing to pay for it, you can go for an online certificate, which is the most convenient option for many future teachers and honestly the sooner you do it, the better, for a cheap, but good quality 120h TEFL course,  you can check out our recommendation here.

Why is a TEFL certificate so beneficial? it provides you with a wealth of knowledge of teaching experience, learning methods and study materials, accumulating most necessary knowledge you need to know about teaching English.


Teaching English anywhere in the world

Being an English Teacher abroad is probably one if the most rewarding jobs and honestly, although the knowledge you gain just for teaching students is incredible, The students are also our teachers, we learn to be greater teacher because of them, through interaction, by asking questions and receiving questions, having conversations with students, it will truly amaze you.

This article was for teaching in China, there are many places in the world where you could become a teacher or even teach another language than English! the possibilities are truly limitless, once you have the opportunity to Start teaching in your desired location, you world will Change! if you are interested in Teaching in a different location or even a different language, then feel free to check out our website here.

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10 thoughts on “Become a Teacher Teaching English around the world – Your guide for an amazing Teaching Adventure”

  1. I live in an English speaking country and am so happy that I can speak this language. English is widely spoken worldwide. We have a lot of Chinese that both live and visits these islands so teaching this language in China is really amazing.

    • Hi Norman,

      I’m glad this article was of use to you, feel free to check out our job site eslpositions and find a suitable position for yourself,

      Wish you well and Good Luck!

  2. Hi Mark,

    I totally agree with your point about the people in China being very friendly and helpful. I’ve lived in Hong Kong for 24 years and I’ve always found the people in PRC to be more friendly and helpful than the people here!

    Years ago when I first started my business and was struggling to get it going I took a TEFL course online and started running Business English teaching programs in companies here in HK. It was, indeed, a lot of fun and I enjoyed it immensely, so I would encourage anyone who wants to travel to get themselves a TEFL qualification (or similar, there are a couple of programs) and use it to pay their way.



    • Hi Martin,

      You had your own business in Hong Kong? That’s amazing!
      To be honest owning an English center in China/Hong Kong is a very profitable business,
      I’m not surprised that you succeeded very well in your endeavors!

      Thanks for sharing your Story and all the best to you!


  3. Hi there, I’m from South Africa and finished my 120 hour TEFL course 2 months ago. I would love to teach kids from 4 years to 12 years. Can I use Skype to teach? I have 5 hours central African time to teach, from 10 am to 3 pm CAT. I also have 4 hours available on a Saturday form 9 am 1 pm CAT. How do I go about it to get a online job and what is the salary per hour? Hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Great post about teaching English abroad. I’ve been teaching English in China since 2011, and really it’s changed my life a lot. I would definitely recommend to at least give it a try.

    • Hi James,

      I totally agree, teaching abroad can be an amazing new life’s adventure and incredible positive personal change,
      Keep on being a Happy teacher!

      Thank you for you comment & input,

      I wish you all the best.



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