Now Hiring English Teachers in China!

You’ve probably heard about the high demand for English teachers in China. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a market with a greater thirst for English right now that this ancient Asian country. That demand has made it a very appealing country for teachers, since salaries are above average, airfare is reimbursed by employers, and you often get other perks included like paid holidays or free Chinese lessons. Best of all, cost of living is low in many cities, so you can live comfortably, travel the region, or save money.

Bridge has partnered with English First (EF) to recruit teachers like you for positions in China as part of our Teach in China Program. You don’t have to be TEFL certified or have previous teaching experience to take part, and positions start every month!

Where is the teaching job?

English First has language schools all over China, in more than 50 cities, meaning there’s bound to be a location that’s perfect for you. While two years’ teaching experience is required to be placed in the cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, new teachers without experience can still choose from 50+ amazing large or mid-sized cities throughout the country!

Who will I be teaching?

As is the case throughout most of Asia, many jobs at EF schools involve teaching kids & teenagers; however. there are also positions teaching adults if that’s the age group you prefer.

When would I start?

That’s up to you! Because of the ongoing demand for teachers, teachers can start any month, year-round.

What qualifications do I need?

The qualifications to teach in China vary by region but there are basic visa requirements that must be met for all applicants:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 120-Hour TEFL Certification (this is included in the Teach in China Program for non-certified applicants)
  • Native English speaker background (and citizen of the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa)
  • 23-55 years old
  • Ability to obtain a clear background check

What salary and benefits are offered?

The exact salary you earn will depend on your experience and qualifications, but even new teachers earn enough to enjoy a good standard of living while teaching in China.

  • The salary ranges from 12,000 – 15,000 RMB monthly, based on your qualifications. Click here for today’s conversion rate.
  • 8,000 RMB annual flight allowance
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • 10,000 RMB salary advance available
  • Health insurance
  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Free hotel accommodation during your first two weeks
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Weekly EF sponsored social events

You can get a sense of the cost of living there by searching Chinese cities on this guide:

What is it like to teach in China?

It’s an adventure!

Alan (below) is teaching there now and he’ll tell you that one of the best parts is being treated like a celebrity everywhere he goes. He also enjoys the low cost of living in the city where he’s teaching (called Liaoyang), and the chance to be part of the community. Read his story.

Kimmy (middle, below) was most impacted by the culture when she taught in China. “Overall, I thought that the culture shock I experienced in China is what made my life there so exciting and unique. How often do you get to try new things every day where you’re living right now? If you think you need a little bit of variety in your life, the key is to go somewhere completely different from what you’re used to; it might be a bit hard and confusing at first, but the next thing you know, you’ll feel like a local and that you never knew any different. Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll find a world you never knew existed.” Read her story.

How do I apply? 

Simply go to You’ll be asked to enter some information about yourself and choose a start month (this can be changed, so don’t worry if you’re not 100% sure yet).

If you’re not yet TEFL certified you’ll pay $497 for your 120-hour TEFL course. If you’re already TEFL certified, you’ll pay nothing! After applying online, participants receive a list of application materials that must be submitted via email and then a phone interview will be set up.

Pretty soon you’ll be accepted and on your way to teaching in China!