Teaching English abroad is quickly becoming one of the most popular career choices for a lot of young people. There are a range of destinations to choose from but there’s no question that the demand is highest in China.
There are a lot of benefits to teaching in China as well, such as a high standard of living (especially in the big cities), high salaries (20,000-30,000RMB/month) and the opportunity to learn Chinese and experience a unique and interesting culture. As it turns out, there are a lot of teaching jobs in China, you just have to know where to look.
So if you’ve decided to go to China and become an English teacher, keep reading because we’re going to share with you the five best places to go to look for your perfect TEFL job!
There are a number of online job boards and agencies which show listings for teaching jobs in China. However, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start, especially if it’s your first time looking!
Important things to note
It’s very important that you understand the requirements for teaching English in China before you begin looking for jobs.
For example, in order to teach full-time (on a working visa) you need to have a bachelor’s degree. However, while doing research for this post our team found several job postings that claimed a degree was not necessary. It’s this type of thing that you need to be cautious about.
Let me explain…
There are several TEFL recruitment companies in China that have a lot of positions to fill and they will sometimes tell teachers they don’t need a degree to work. This essentially means the teacher will be working on a tourist visa or a busines visa, which is illegal and although there are many people who do it, it’s just not worth the risk.
If you’re a little confused about the exact requirements to teach English in China, then check out this post: Teaching English in China Without a Degree – The Truth.
Secondly, you might be sitting on the fence about whether you really do want to Teach English in China. That’s understandable and many people often don’t know if it’s right for them. If that the way you fell, then read this post: Teaching English in China – is it Right for You?
Best Places to Find Teaching Jobs in China
ImmerQi is one of the leading companies in providing high-quality China programs including full-time teaching and intern teaching positions (no degree required for the latter). ImmerQi’s headquarters are based in Shanghai and their staff are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Casey, the lead author of this blog has worked with ImmerQi in the past and had a wonderful experience. In fact, if you click the link below, you’ll be taken to Casey’s very own ImmerQi ambassador page where you’ll be able to get a discount on any/all program fees!
ImmerQi will be able to provide you all the support you need, including applying for your visa and making arrangements in China. There’s no doubt that ImmerQi will help you find the perfect teaching job in China so if you’re looking for an agency that you can rely on, check them out.
2. Love TEFL Jobs
Love TEFL Jobs is an online teaching hub and job board for pairing TEFL teachers with employers. Love TEFL consists of a small team based in the UK. Between them they have a lot of experience teaching English abroad in a range of countries. Their job board consists of teaching jobs not only in China but all over the world. Love TEFL’s sister brand is i-to-i, a well known TEFL course provider.
Love TEFL have a really nice. modern website, which makes looking through job postings a pleasure. When searching on their website, we found close to 200 Teaching jobs in China.
3. Dave’s ESL Café
One of the original TEFL job boards, Dave’s ESL Café is certainly the go-to option for many ESL teachers looking to find teaching jobs in China. Unfortunately, their website is very outdated and not the easiest to use, but on the other hand, it attracts a lot of job postings!
Dave’s ESL Café was started but Dave Sperling. Dave was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but has over 10 years of TEFL experience! He started ‘The Cafe’ in 1995 and still maintains it today. Pretty impressive if you ask us.
On Dave’s ESL Café you not only have the option to look through job postings, but you can also post your resume and allow recruiters to come to you. We’d always advise chatting to recruiters over Skype to get all the information before making a decision whether or not to proceed.
4. Gold Star TEFL Recruitment
Gold Star TEFL Recruitment are a TEFL recruitment agency that specialise in finding great jobs for qualified TEFL teachers. The majority of their jobs are in China but they also have postings in other Asian countries.
What makes Gold Star stand out is that they don’t charge a fee for recruitment, so they will help you find a job for free. They also do not deduct anything off your monthly salary.
The way it works is you first browse their job board and look for jobs that you interested in based on location and age groups etc. After applying to the job(s) you’re interesting in, Gold Star will arrange a skype interview for you with the school. Once you’ve gotten the job, your work visa is processed and you’re able to start work in China!
5. English First
English First is a subsidiary of Education First who specialise in English language training courses. They also offer job placements for those looking to teach abroad.
Another cool thing about English First is that they offer a free TEFL training course to anyone who applies for a job (and passes the interview) through EF.
English first specialise in three locations – China, Russia and Indonesia.
Those are our top 5 picks for the best recruiters and job boards around for finding your perfect teaching job in China! If you have any further questions, feel free to post a comment below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
My journey immersing in Chinese, the Refold method for learning a language, and Matt vs Japan…
Are you interested in Chinese culture? Here are five things you didn’t know about daily life in China…
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art of arranging buildings, objects, and space in an environment to create positive ‘chi’…