Step by Step

Step by Step

Hereunder is a public statement of steps to become an English teacher in China. You may certainly try to fulfill the commission following the procedure step by step. If everything goes perfectly, you may find your ideal teaching job in China. Congratulations! Otherwise you may need some help from a local recruiter, and then we are here for you.

(Wiki) How to Teach English in China

Want to take a break from "real life" and teach English in China for a year or two? It's easier than you may think.


Step 1
Do some research and decide on which part of China you would like to live in. China is a large country, and looking into which part of the country you want to settle in may make the process of your job search easier. Would you like to live in a large metropolitan area (Beijing, Shanghai), a Chinese city with a lot of history (Xian, Nanjing), a provincial capital (Kunming, Chengdu, Wuhan), a warm place, a cold place, a place close to SE Asia, a place where they speak Mandarin, a place where they speak Cantonese, etc?

There is no need to trouble yourself in making a decision with so many potential choices, for we are specialized in recruiting English teachers in or around Chengdu.

Step 2
Do you want to work for a private language school, a university, or a high school? There are pros and cons to each. It's probably the hardest to get a job at a high school unless you use some kind of volunteer agency (I don't really recommend these kind of agencies because they usually charge large fees for things that you could set up yourself with a little bit a leg work). Private schools often pay a little more and have smaller classes, but university jobs provide you with housing and perhaps more help with getting your visa, etc.

We are cooperating with lots of education facilities here in Sichuan Province, so that we can provide you with plenty of choices in details before you getting started with your career as an English teacher in or around Chengdu.

Step 3
Get contact info. Once you've narrowed your list down to a couple of cities and/or provinces you're interested in and what kind of school you would prefer to teach at, you can begin to do research and find contact info for specific schools/universities. If you want to teach at the university level, a good place to start your search is on Wikipedia. They have a of "universities in Mainland China". Even if Wikipedia doesn't have actual pages related to the university, you can type the name into Google. Many Chinese universities have English language websites. For private language schools, it may be a little harder. If you know someone in China, they will be a valuable resource. If you don't, try typing the city name + "English school" and variations of that into Google. Check job boards and search for ex-pat websites in various cities. These often have job listings. Several Chinese cities even have Craig's List now!

We are here to offer you real teaching opportunities. It’s easier to find a reasonable position for you with our professional experiences.

Step 4
When you find the web page of a university you are interested in, find an email address and send them a resume and a cover letter. Even if you can't find the email of the correct person, hopefully someone will forward it on. Most universities are always looking to hire foreign teachers, so even if they don't have jobs listed, they still might want to hire you. Of course, if you are able to find actual jobs listed in a classified section online, that's even better because you will have specific contact information for that job!

Surely you can do all the above-mentioned things trying to connect with the chosen targets directly, but unfortunately as usual, things do not work out as easy as you can imagine due to mentality or communicating problems between the Chinese people and foreigners. Thus we can build a bridge for both parts of you and lead to an agreement on a voluntary basis.

Step 5
Treat this like any other job search. You may have to send your resume to several places before you find the right fit. Don't be hesitant to ask prospective employers a lot of questions about their university, your responsibilities, etc. You are considering moving to a foreign country for this job! Make sure they will help you with all the necessary paperwork (visa, residency permits, medical exams, etc.)

We will do all these paper works regarding a formal recruitment of an English teacher.

Step 6
Buy a plane ticket. The earlier you buy one, the cheaper it will probably be. You will probably have to connect through Hong Kong, Beijing, or Shanghai if you are flying on to a smaller Chinese city. You will probably just want to buy a one way ticket because you might not be sure exactly when you will want to come home. Many schools will arrange to meet you at the airport when you arrive. It's a good idea to arrive at least a week before you start teaching so you will have some time to get settled, get over jet lag, and explore your surroundings.

We will make sure you get a airfare reimbursed upon finishing your contract, which usually to be signed for each year.

Step 7
Get a visa! The place you are teaching should send you a letter of invitation so that you can get a Z visa (work visa) from a Chinese embassy or consulate in your country. You will also need a visa application(you can find it online at, your passport, and a passport picture. The visa will probably cost about $50 or you can pay extra to get one rushed if you wait until the last minute. Once you arrive in China, you will get a residency permit in your passport, which will serve as a multiple entry visa for as long as you are working there, so you will only need a single entry visa.

We will prepare and offer all the necessary documents for you to get started as an English teacher in or around Chengdu legally.

Step 8
Go to China! If you don't speak any Chinese, a Chinese phrasebook will be your best friend until you learn the basic words to communicate with a taxi driver, order food, and other basic necessities. The Rough Guide phrasebook is much better than the Lonely Planet one. Speaking of Lonely Planet, it wouldn't hurt to have a Lonely Planet China book to help you plan trips and learn about the city where you will be living. Most Chinese cities have some decent American/western restaurants (other than KFC, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut), if you know where to find them! Be aware that most places do not take credit cards, so make sure have enough cash/traveler's checks with you to survive your first month. $1000USD is probably the minimum. $2000USD will provide you with more cushion. Remember that you will want to buy things like pots, towels, bedding, etc. when you first arrive.

As you know, finding and getting ready for an overseas teaching position can be challenging, with many details and unknowns to think about. We will guide you through the visa process, provide transportation from the airport and to your assignment, help you in finding a department, support your in-depth orientation… In the meantime, for you we will manage to push all the mentioned items forward step by step for free, thus we collect our service fees by the related education facilities upon fulfilling the whole procedure.