Teach China adventure

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Our Teach China adventure

China is an amazing place to teach English and explore a culture that is really just opening its doors to the world. Teaching English in China is a rewarding experience but you need patience and open-mindedness. Teaching jobs in China are plentiful but finding a professional and well-organized institution can be challenging. That’s where Global Teaching Adventures can help. We screen the schools and make sure you are going to a safe and professional school.

Time spent in this culturally and visually stimulating country is truly a unique experience and well worth it. Teaching in China does not necessarily offer a great deal of money, but if you’re looking to work in some of the most unique destinations in the world, then read on.

As China opens its doors to commerce and the West, it will experience a great many changes and challenges. Those wishing to catch a glimpse of this emerging superpower should not pass up this chance to work there. There is a tremendous focus on internationalism and learning English in China today, with Global Teaching Adventures you, too, can be part of that excitement.


  • Must have Global Teaching Adventures Online TESOL certification
  • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma
  • Must have a clear English accent
  • Must be at least 19 years old
  • For placement, the following passport holders are preferred: American, Australian, British, Canadian,
    New Zealand or South African, but our TESOL course is open to all nationalities
  • Do not need any teaching experience
  • Do not need to know any Mandarin or Cantonese


  • Clients will earn between 4000 and 7000 Chinese Yuen per month. This could be almost doubled if you are willing to teach extra hours privately
  • Some placements offer medical coverage (depending on school)
  • Clients may be given free accommodation and a flight allowance (depending on school)

What's included

  • 120 Hour TESOL
  • job placement
  • FREE Medical insurance (depending on contract)
  • Visa support
  • Flight allowance and airport pickup
  • Accommodation
  • Contract negotiation
  • Full background check on school
  • Supplementary teaching resources

What's excluded

  • Visas
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Courier costs
  • Utility bills
  • Accommodation deposit

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[title h2="border"]The China Adventure Process[/title] [toggle_content title="Step 1: TESOL Sign Up"]

  • Sign Up
    Sign up online (you will need to have a resume and picture ready) and make payment to start your TESOL course. Your TESOL course is a 120 hour course and needs to be completed before you depart your home country.Note: We will only be able to move forward with step 2 (Scheduled interview), once you have completed at least 5 modules of your TESOL course.

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Global Teaching Adventures will schedule a interview with the school. This interview will be done via Skype or phone. Should the interview be successful, Global Teaching Adventures will send you a contract on behalf of the school. You need to sign this and send back a copy to Global Teaching Adventures via email. Any position will only be confirmed on signing of Employment contract.

[/toggle_content] [toggle_content title="Step 3: Visa documentation collection"] Below is a list of documents that you will need to collect before the Chinese embassy can process your visa.

  • Original signed contract from school
    (This will be sent to you by Global Teaching Adventures once your interview is successful)
  • Original signed Health check
    (This will be sent to you by Global Teaching Adventures once your interview is successful)
  • Visa number
    Once you have signed your contract, and have sent it back to China (via courier), we will start to process your visa number with the authorities in China. You should have this visa number ready within one to two weeks from the date we receive your signed contract in China.

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Global Teaching Adventures will send you your visa number via email. You need to take this number to the Chinese embassy in your country and apply for your visa. Once Global Teaching Adventures sends you the visa number, you need to apply at your Chinese embassy within 48 hours.


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Once your visa has been finalized your flights can be booked and paid. Schools will give you an allowance that will be reimbursed to you within the first month (this will be stated in your contract). Before departure Global Teaching Adventures will provide you with a full final briefing with all arrival details and procedures. Upon arrival you will be taken to your accommodation or school.


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The China visa process

For a list of Chinese embassies around the world, please click here.

Getting your Chinese visa is going to take approximately 4 weeks. Global Teaching Adventures will guide you through this process. To obtain a visa number (needed to get your work visa put into your passport) from China, you need to go through the following steps:

Step 1: Please sign medical check form (we will send this to you) and contract, and send it back to Global Teaching Adventures.

Step 2: We will need you to send us scanned copies of your diploma / degree, resume, passport (information and back page only), passport type photo and full home address (including telephone number).

Step 3: You must mail these documents to your school in China. With these documents, a school can obtain a letter of invitation (visa number).

Step 4: Once we have sent you the letter of invitation, you must take the letter to the Chinese embassy and apply for your Z visa. Unfortunately, Global Teaching Adventures is unable to do this on your behalf. We will give you full visa support and by the time you have to go into the embassy, you will have all the required documentation. Please read information below, for details on what you need to apply for the Chinese Z visa:

  • Basic requirements:
    • One completed visa application form with one photo (passport size)
    • A passport valid for more than six months
    • 3 months bank statements and original air-flight tickets or itinerary
  • An invitation letter or fax from the department of education in China.
  • If you are going to work more than 6 months, you will need a “Physical Examination Record for Foreigner” filled out and signed by a doctor.

Visa fees should be paid on collection of your visa. ($130 for US citizens and $30 for non US citizens).

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China accepts cash payment only.

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Further information on China

Banking and money matters

When arriving in China one of the first things you should do is open a bank account, this is generally a stress free procedure, provided you have all the correct documentation. Most banks require the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • A residence permit (if applicable)
  • Minimum of 1 RMB deposit (only when opening a RMB account)

A lot of the schools in China will assist with procedures of opening a bank account, it is also useful to have a local come along to help with the translation process. Once all of the forms have been completed and your bank account is approved you will be issued with a “passbook” and debit card. The “passbook” is used to record all your withdrawals and deposits.

ATMs are available in the major cities, but in mountain villages and other remote areas ATMs are few and far between. Most ATMs (in the major cities) are available 24 hours a day, but it is recommended that you carry cash at all times. Most international credit cards are accepted in China, but usually only at large hotels, department stores, and large chain restaurants.

Did you know: The local currency is called Yuan or Renminbi (RMB), RMB means the “people’s currency”. Yuan is the name of a unit of the RMB and Jiao is a unit of Yuan. The Yuan and Jiao can be likened to the dollar and cents; however Jiao is becoming far less used in China today.

Banks in China

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Cost of living

Foreign teachers' usually earn 4 times more than what a local Chinese teacher would earn. The smaller the town is you live in the lower your expenses will be. If you choose to live a western lifestyle, you will find China more expensive. For more information on what to budget for in China, click here.

Local Goods
US $
Milk (1L)
Eggs (12)
Carrots (1kg)
Chicken breast (1kg)
Rice (1kg)
Bottle of water (1.5L)

By eating local food and buying local produce from the Chinese markets you can get an amazing insight into the Chinese diet and a glimpse at traditional eastern medicine.

Leisure activities
Eating out is the best way to experience the regional cuisine of China. The Chinese eat out regularly and they also enjoy entertaining their friends and family.

Local Goods
US $
Three Course Mid-Range Restaurant Dinner
Quick Restaurant Meal of Rice/Noodles
Large Steamed Dumplings (common street food)
Massage (30 min)
1 Month Fitness Club Membership
Movie Ticket
(International Release)

Cost of Transport
Transport is quite reasonably-priced in China, the locals usually commute by bicycle, but this mode of transport is only for the bravest of foreigners.

Local Goods
US $
Metro Ride
Taxi Rate p/km
20 min Taxi Ride
City Bus

Inexpensive Travel
The train system in China is great for people traveling on a budget. There are various trains in China.

Local Goods
US $
1 Night in Mid-Range Hotel
High Speed Train
(Guangzhou to Wuhan)
Slow Train
(Guangzhou to Wuhan)
(Guangzhou to Beijing)
(Guangzhou to Bangkok)

Custom Made Clothes
Tailor made cloths is very affordable in China, and once you start enjoying custom-fit clothing, it may be difficult to buy from stores again.

Local Goods
US $
1 tailor-made shirt
1 tailor-made skirt
1 tailor-made suit
Pair of jeans

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China has the oldest and richest heritage of art and literature in the world; however most of the literature cannot be translated, making them unknown to the world. They are also known to be intensely competitive people.

Food Etiquette
Food etiquette in China is vastly different from other cultures. The cooking styles have been divided into Northern and Southern cooking styles – each one varying in taste and appearance. Slurping and reaching for your food is completely acceptable; however, on the other hand pointing your chopsticks at someone is not acceptable. If you are invited to a Chinese persons house, always take a gift along (the accepted custom is red flowers or fruits).

The tipping attitude is changing; however the practice is not officially recognized, tips are now frequently offered and accepted. Consumer taxes are included in price tags on good, but hotels and other upper-class restaurants may include a service charge of 10% or more.

Holding Hands in Public
The Chinese are not big on public displays of affection, you will rarely if ever see couples kissing or making out in public. You can shake hands but refrain from hugging, kissing, winking, patting or making physical contact.

Eye Contact
In western countries one expects to maintain eye contact when talking to someone; however this is not the case in China. On the contrary, because of the more authoritarian nature of the Chinese society, steady eye contact is viewed as inappropriate, especially when subordinates talk with their superiors.

Bowing or nodding is the common greeting; however, you may be offered a handshake. Wait for the Chinese to offer their hand first.

Being Sociable
You are definitely welcome to invite Chinese people to your home. Be warned that if you invite them that you will be required to supply everything, just the same as if you had invited them to dinner.

Personal Questions
Chinese ask a lot of personal questions i.e. how old are you, are you married, any children, etc. This is not seen as prying, but rather as friendly concern.

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Most schools in China will provide accommodation for their English teachers; however it is not always the case, usually if the school offers a higher starting salary may exclude accommodation, this will be stipulated in your employment contract. Teachers apartments in China are usually either on campus or very close to the campus and most of the apartments will have the basic necessities:

  • A western style bed
  • Chairs
  • Table
  • TV
  • Fridge
  • Washing machine
  • Western style toilet

Please refer to our accommodation samples page to view images of what you can expect.

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Medical facilities

Health care in China is widely available to foreigners in a variety of facilities found throughout the country. In some villages you will find health clinics and in major cities you can find internationally recognized hospitals that are able to cater to foreigners. Many hospitals are increasingly hiring doctors who have been educated abroad, in Western universities. Nowadays more and more hospitals are also run by Westerners who have immigrated to China, ensuring quality and satisfaction when it comes to health care and medical facilities. These hospitals will most likely accept foreign health insurance, but they will also costs more than the public hospitals. Foreigners are welcomed to public hospitals and these medical costs are generally low, furthermore, many medications can be purchased over the counter. In these hospitals you are unable to make appointments so be prepared to wait and they will most likely not approve of foreign health insurance.  You will pay a hospital fee for basic services and then be asked to pay increment fees according to your specific needs. In emergency situations it is important to note that ambulances are not common services and it is best to call the hospital to make them aware of the emergency and arrive by taxi.

For a list of medical facilities that speak English, please click here.

A company called Dadi Insurance offers Global Medical Insurance, mainly aimed at the upper class and foreigners for more information you can visit their website at eng.chinare.com.cn you can also visit the Global Health Insurance website for more information

Below are a couple of links to insurance companies throughout China for more information:


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Frequently asked questions

[faq] [faq_question]Do schools provide lunch?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes, some do but not all schools.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Transportation from accommodation to work?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Not provided, but public transport in China is very good and assistance is provided in the form of scooter hire at your own cost.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]How safe is it around there?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Extremely safe. Females walking around alone at 2 am no problem at all.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What are the age groups you will be teaching?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Anything from primary school to high school.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Working hours? And days per week?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]8 hours per day, only about 4-5 actual “in class” hours though. Monday to Friday.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Are there sports after school that you have to attend or teach?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]No, but they do have concerts, after school activities and sport and culture days every now and again.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]After contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to be out?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]You can stay as long as you like as long as you have a job and a valid visa.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Can one renew working contract and visa without leaving the country?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes[/faq_answer] [faq_question]How long is the working visa valid for?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]1 year[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What activities are happening during evenings and weekends?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Nothing arranged by the school, but we have a network all over China. We can put the applicant in contact with people all over.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Where are the best and worst places to work?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]There are no real bad places to work, however bigger cities tend to offer bigger salaries.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What is possibility of second job to make more money?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Very possible, making a double salary is very common when getting extra work on the side in the form of one on one tutoring.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Medical services and insurance?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes, some schools do provide medical insurance.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What is phone and internet connectivity like?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Really good and cheap.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes, but we don’t often get this. If the applicant really hates the job and they have a good reason, then we can move them. But they need to understand that this will take a bit of time and you need to give at least one month notice.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Dress code for teaching?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Semi casual/formal, no slops, no jeans, no T-shirts.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Must the clients take resumes with them to China?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What is the level of English and behavior of students?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Depending on the school location, big city – great English level. Small city, not so good. Chinese children are also very well mannered.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Do your colleagues speak English?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Will you work with any special needs children?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]No[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What are the chances of schools deducting security money? And how does this
work?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]No, never happened before.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Do you get paid overtime?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]No, but there is the benefit of long school holidays![/faq_answer] [faq_question]What are the chances of getting a salary increase?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Good, if you do a good job.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What are the chances of teaching English in neighbor countries?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Very good, Global Teaching Adventures can arrange this for you.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Is all paperwork and books supplied by the school?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Yes, most of the time. Not all the time.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Is religion a big issue?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Not really, you stick to yours and they normally stick to theirs.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]If you are fired, Global Teaching Adventures will no longer help with placement.[/faq_answer] [faq_question]Are they expected to work during school holidays?[/faq_question] [faq_answer]Not normally, this will depend on the school.[/faq_answer] [/faq]

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