Are there any costs to the hiring process?
No. There are no costs at all for the recruitment process, the service we offer is completely free of charge for teachers, we will never charge you anything, ever! There are also no salary deductions.
Can I teach without speaking Chinese?
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.
If I qualify for a visa, how will I obtain my visa?
Your school will organize all the necessary papers needed to obtain a legal 1 year work (Z) visa for you. This process can take between 4 to 8 weeks and the school will help you through the process.
Where will I live?
Schools will provide you with free accommodation, within a short walk from the school. All accommodation is fully furnished and to a Western standard. Alternatively, you have the option of finding your own housing and the school will provide a housing allowance.
How long is my contract?
Your initial contract is 12 months. Many teachers choose to stay for one or more years.
Can I get Promoted?
Yes. There are plenty of opportunities for teachers to move up to senior teacher and Director of Studies or to get jobs in curriculum development, teacher recruitment, teacher training and other areas.
What Will my teaching schedule be like?
That depends on the type of school. Language schools run classes during weekday evenings and weekends while public schools have classes on a Monday to Friday 9-5 schedule.
What happens if I get sick?
The school provides comprehensive medical insurance coverage for you. It will cover you in event of sickness and injury.
Can someone pick me up from the airport?
Yes, of course! There will be a member of staff to meet you at the airport, take you to your apartment and help you to settle in.
How often do I get paid?
Salary is paid on a monthly basis, paid in local currency, Chinese RMB.
Can I send money home?
Yes. It is possible to exchange and transfer money to bank accounts around the world. Check with your bank to find out what their policies are regarding international transfers and fees. Many people find Western Union or PayPal to be the easiest way to send money.
How big are the classes?
That depends on the type of school you teach at. Language schools typically have a maximum class size of 16 students and average of 10 while public schools have between 30 – 45 students per class
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