Teach Abroad Program Overview
Bridge is excited to partner with English First to recruit for this unique teaching opportunity in one of the world's most sought-after teaching locations. The Teach in China Program offers the opportunity for new or experienced teachers in a land rich with culture, brimming with tradition and home to one of the world's most ancient civilizations. One-year contracts are available in more than 50 locations throughout China, in cities large and small.
TEFL Certification + A Guaranteed Job
This is a self-paced online TEFL course.
2021 Start Dates
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- One year, 40-hours per week teaching contract in one of 50+ cities throughout China
- 12-13,000 RMB/month teaching salary (Click here for current conversion rate)
- Airfare reimbursement
- Relocation assistance upon arrival in China, including airport pick-up, two-week hotel stay, advance in salary, and help finding an apartment
- Health insurance
- Mandarin Chinese lessons
- Lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from Bridge for future positions.
The qualifications to teach in China vary by region but there are basic visa requirements that must be met for all applicants:
- A college graduate with a bachelor's degree (in any discipline)
- TEFL certification (included in the program)
- Citizen of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or South Africa
- Native English speaker background
- Between the ages of 23 - 55
- Ability to obtain a clear background check
- Willingness to commit to a 1-year teaching contract
- A minimum of 2 years' (verifiable) academic or English teaching experience for positions in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou (other placement locations do not require experience).
* Please note the above requirements do not reflect the hiring policies of either Bridge or English First, but rather are visa requirements placed on applicants by the Chinese government for these positions.
About the Program and Center
You will be teaching in an English First (EF) English language school, which are spread across China in more than 50 cities. Most of EF's English language schools are in China's four major coastal towns: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. However, there are many EF language schools located in provincial capitals, other large and mid-sized cities and smaller towns.
About Teaching English in China
With a population of more than one billion, a history lasting more than 5,000 years, and a territory spanning nearly 4 million square miles, China offers plenty to do and see for the adventurous traveler. From the bustling, metropolitan cities of Beijing and Shanghai, to the amazing sights of the Great Wall and the Yangtze River, you will not just feel like you're in a different country, but a different world!
While teaching English and enriching the lives of Chinese students, you will be fully immersed in the culture and even receive free lessons in Mandarin Chinese, the earth's most widely spoken language. You'll experience all of this and so much more with our Teach in China program!
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International Program Advisor
Questions about Bridge Teach Abroad Programs?
No, it's not! Placements are available for teachers without experience in more than 50 locations throughout China. Please note, however, that a minimum of two years' full-time, academic or English teaching experience is required for placement in the cities of Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. (Your teaching experience must be verifiable via a signed reference letter.)
Yes, all accepted participants will be placed into paid teaching positions in China with EF.
You will be teaching in an English First (EF) English language school, which are spread across China in more than 50 cities. Most of EF's English language schools are in China's four major coastal towns: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. However, there are many EF language schools located in provincial capitals, other large and mid-sized cities, and smaller towns. If you do not have teaching experience, placement will be in a city other than Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
We do our best to match participants to the location they choose, but this cannot be guaranteed. The location you are able to teach in will also be determined by the requirements needed in that specific region, the age group you wish to teach, and your experience and qualifications.
Yes! Applications will be considered individually, but flexible applicants have a great chance of being placed in the same city or town, if both are accepted."
As part of the EF hiring process, accepted program participants will be informed of the various options available to them for in-country support. Depending on the nature of the issue, these options include talking to your colleagues at the school where you're teaching, to your direct supervisor there, or to your EF program representative.
Most EF teachers go through a rental agent to find an apartment (helps with the language barrier!), and as part of the program, you'll get support with this process! Teachers typically live either alone in a studio or 1 bedroom, or with a roommate in a 2-3 bedroom apartment. Depending on your placement city, preferences, and whether you choose to have a roommate, you can expect to pay anywhere between 2000-4000 RMB per month for their housing.
Furnished apartments are common, and typically include all the basics, such as a bed, closet, fridge, stove, TV, and washing machine. It's also possible to get "extras" such as Internet set up or additional furniture.
Absolutely! In fact, if you decide to renew your contract at an EF language school in China, you will receive a loyalty bonus.
Should you decide to teach in another country in the future, you can take advantage of the included lifetime, worldwide job placement assistance from Bridge. Best of all, the 120-hour TEFL certificate you'll earn in this program (plus your university degree and teaching experience) will make you an excellent candidate for teaching positions in other countries worldwide!
Absolutely! While a TEFL certification course is included in the program, participants who are already certified are not required to complete that component. Experienced teachers can apply to the program for free in order to take advantage of the job placement service, and to avoid the hassle of applying and interviewing with dozens of different schools in China on their own.
The Teach in China Program is more than a job; it's an inclusive program with teacher training and other benefits included. For qualified applicants, participation in a Teach Abroad program not only provides TEFL certification but guaranteed job placement with a competitive salary, visa assistance, health insurance, housing support, an advance in salary on arrival, in-country Mandarin lessons, and lifetime job placement assistance after the program ends.
Don't worry; you'll still have options! If you are not accepted to the Teach in China Program for any reason, you can still complete your 120-hour TEFL course and receive lifetime job placement advising from Bridge for other positions in China or worldwide!