For those who don’t fancy teaching in China for a full 12 months the summer time offers a great little bite sized version and allows you to dip your toe into ‘teaching English in China’ without getting too wet. While language schools mostly offer 12 month contracts, over the summer they run shorter courses while the students are on summer holiday from their regular school. Typically the courses run from late June to late August and schools often need to hire a few extra teachers to teach over this period.
Benefits of summer job over 12 month contract
Teaching English in China for the summer allows you to see what it is like living and teaching in China whilst not having to spend a whole year there. If after the 2 months you decide you like the job and want to extend, 9 out of 10 times the language school will be happy to keep you on. If not there will be plenty of language school jobs available for an early September start.
The package offered by most of the language school jobs is quite tempting too. They will provide a flight allowance which covers the plane ticket over, put you up in a house shared with one other teacher, provide insurance, training and all the other benefits that go with working for a language school in China as well as a decent salary to live on. So teaching English in China for the summer offers all the benefits of the year long job.
Cost of living in China is low and your salary goes a long way so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to finish the summer course with some savings.
How to teach English in China
First thing you’ll have to do is check if you have the required qualifications to teach English in China. For most ESL teaching jobs in China these days require native English speakers, with a degree and TEFL certificate who are between the ages of 23 and 55 years old. Once you’ve ticked all those boxes have a think about any preferences you have for teaching adults or young learners and any locations you would prefer.
Disney English Summer Jobs
Disney English is an example of one of the summer jobs we have for those looking to teach young learners. Disney have over 70 schools in 14 cities throughout China. The summer jobs run from 20th June – 25th August 2013. Full training and support is given along with a very competitive salary, free housing, paid flights to China and other benefits. Read more and apply for summer teaching jobs with Disney English here.
Put in an application and we will contact you with job descriptions, brochures and other useful information. We’ll set up some interviews with suitable schools and once you have found a good fit and accepted an offer the school will begin the visa application process. When that is done, you pack your things up, not forgetting the swimmers and sunglasses and get on your flight to China. The school will be there to meet you at the airport and take you to your apartment. After a training and induction period you’re in the classroom to begin teaching.
ESL Teaching Jobs China
Jim Althans packed up and flew to China to teach English in 2004. He has taught at kindergartens in remote villages, vice presidents in shiny offices and everything in between. He now works as a teacher recruiter helping teachers find their next job in China.
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