Teach English in Changsha

Benefits and requirements

  • Education:
    No Bachelor degree is required but will be a benefit to get a higher salary
  • TEFL Certification:
    TEFL/TESOL Certification is preferred but not necessary since we provide a free certificate (online or offline at your choice) when you arrive and start your work at a school
  • Other requirements:
    English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing

    Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
    Passion for teaching, indulgence, genuine interest for Chinese culture and an open mind
  • Peak Hiring Months:
  • Types of Jobs:
    Public schools, Colleges, International institutions, Language centers, Kindergartens, and Montessori schools
  • Citizenship Requirements: 
    Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically required. We also hire non-native English speakers with fluent English from other countries.
  • Typical Hiring Process:
    Interview by Skype, Self-introduction video, CV
  • Average teaching hours per week:
    20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students:
    Kindergarten education, business professionals, school children, private students,
  • Cost of Living per Month:
    $600 - 900 USD (4,200 - 6,200 RMB), accommodation is free
  • Additional benefits and perks:
    7000 RMB contract completion bonus, Health insurance,
    Airport pickup, Overtime pay, Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation), Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, officials and doctors, Pre-job training, Salary increase + yearly bonuses for teachers who stay with the employer, Well-equipped classrooms, All necessary teaching materials, 24/7 phone support during your stay in China
  • Average Monthly Pay:
    Salary up to 14,000 RMB
    (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English, etc.)
  • Start-up Cost:
    Flight tickets to Beijing + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary of $1,000 - 1,300 USD (6,800 – 9,000 RMB)
  • Potential to Save or Break-even:
    Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1,750 USD/Mo
  • Accommodation Benefits:
    We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
  • Flight Reimbursement:
    Flight ticket reimbursement after 9 months (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
  • Vacation - Paid 2 weeks & sick days, national holidays, including Chinese New Year
  • Visas:
    Z Visa is the legal work visa to teach in China, however, teachers may work on other visas depending on their qualifications. We reimburse you the visa fee after 6 months of the contract

Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Changsha

  1. Kindergartens
  2. Public schools
  3. International primary and secondary schools
  4. Private language centers

Many English native speakers look for an opportunity to teach English abroad.

And nowadays teaching English at a Chinese school is one of the most interesting and profitable options since an ESL teacher can visit new places, learn about another culture, meet different people and earn decent money.

All these things you can do at the same time if you consider teaching English in Changsha.

English teaching jobs in Changsha are in high demand so you can find many vacancies with different requirements, curriculum, and schedule.

Because of this variety of working places and conditions, you can choose exactly what you need among all ESL teaching jobs in Changsha.

Regular salary for an English teacher here starts from 11000 RMB (1600$) and may increase up to 13000 RMB (1900$), that is enough to make a decent living.

Also, many organizations have their system of the bonuses for overtimes of extra students.

You can increase your income if you have a TEFL/CELTA certificate or have relevant experience. In this case, you may earn up to 14000 RMB (2050$) monthly.

Changsha city is a very popular Chinese cultural center, where you can find everything you need for a comfortable life.

There are many restaurants, expat bars, touristic points, and museums, where you can spend your free time!

Teaching in kindergartens

English teaching jobs in Changsha are very different, but vacancies in kindergartens are one of the most popular.

Because everyone understands that foreign language is better to learn in childhood.

The more practice you have, the better the level of the language you can achieve.

Teaching in public or private kindergarten are the best jobs for students in Changsha.

A young teacher always can find the right way of commutation with children and has enough energy to pay attention to all students.

Sometimes this work may be challenging enough, because in public Chinese kindergarten you may have up to 50 students in the group!

But it is always exciting and funny because you will play interesting and active games and learn English in an entertaining way.

Also, the main advantage of Changsha English teaching jobs in kindergartens is that usually, a teacher has an assistant that can help you with children.

In private kindergarten, you will have smaller groups, but the teaching program will be pretty much the same.

It is a very responsible job, because you may be the first English teacher for children.

And you will need to show them how exciting English language may be.

English teaching jobs in Changsha
Changsha kindergarten teaching jobs
ESL jobs in Changsha

Teaching in public schools

Public school jobs in Changsha are less popular than vacancies in private institutions, but still, you can find a place in primary and secondary schools.

In this case, you will have approved school curriculum that can make your work easier.

If you choose ESL public school jobs in Changsha you will have very stable work with 20 teaching hours per week and classical weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

It is very convenient because you can attend interesting events that usually take place on weekends.

Teaching in international primary and secondary schools

Changsha international school jobs are the most popular for teachers because many private organizations look for a passionate native speaker that can teach children of all ages.

For example, in primary school, your students’ age will be 5-12 years old.

And you will need to create a teaching program that will be relevant for your students.

It may be regular reading exercises that will be combined with some games and activities for younger children.

Or you can create different tests and themes for essays for students that have already learned the basics.

ESL teaching jobs in Changsha in secondary schools cover students’ groups in age from 12 to 17.

This work may be more appealing to an experienced teacher because you will teach and explain English grammar deeply.

In all cases, if you teach at a school in Changsha, you will have lessons in the early mornings and your working day will end at 5 p.m.

So you will have time for yourself in the evenings and can go to the cinema, restaurants, and bars with colleagues after a working day.

ESL public school jobs in Changsha
Changsha English teaching jobs
Teach at a school in Changsha

Teaching in private language centers

“Is it possible to teach adults in Changsha?” – It is the question that worried many native speakers that want to find work in China.

The answer is yes, sure, because there are many training language centers in Changsha.

The main advantages of working with adults are that they are more motivated and you will not need to spend energy to hold the discipline.

Also, this work will be more interesting for people who don’t like to teach children and want to create an intellectual program with fiction books, movies and jokes for people that understand them.

Also, this vacancy is for you if you like to sleep in the mornings, take your coffee and go for a walk.

Your teaching hours mainly will start after 12 p.m. and in the evening, because adult students can attend English courses after work.

For the same reason, you will work on Saturday and Sunday and have two free days in the middle of the week.

What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Changsha?

If you decide to work in Changsha as an English teacher you need to know basic requirements and benefits:

  1. 5 working days per week (days off may not be on Saturday and Sunday).
  2. 40 working hours per week (20 teaching hours)
  3. From 10 to 50 students in a group (depends on the school)
  4. Lessons planning and preparation
  5. Administration duties (attend all meetings with colleges, students and parents)
  6. Monitor progress of your students with test and exams
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Changsha
Vacancy for teaching english in primary schools in Changsha
Work in Changsha as an English teacher


Moving to Changsha is a very serious decision, so you need to know all about lodging in this city.

The good news is we always provides teachers with free housing or monthly allowance.

In the first option, you will need only to check photos of the flats and choose where you want to live.

Usually, schools provide their teachers with a lovely apartment in the same district as your work. Because it saves time and more convenient, you will take a short walk to the school and back instead of wasting your time in transports.

In the second option, you can choose accommodation in any district of Changsha.

The main requirement is the price of a flat because it should be equal to the budget of your employer. But you will need to resolve all questions with the landlord by yourself.

Many teachers that live in China a few years choose this option because they formed their preferences about where to live.

In other cases, you can choose to live with another teacher from your school.

This option is very popular because you will be provided with a bigger flat and you will always have a friend. This aspect is very important when you move to another country.

Apply Now to Teach English in Changsha

Get ready with your application today and teach English in Changsha with one of the best schools in the area.

What is it like to live in Changsha?

  • Population: 7,431,800 inhabitants
  • Changsha Climate: Humid subtropical climate
  • Language: Mandarin and local dialects
  • Transportation system: Changsha 3-lines metro, hundreds of bus routes.

If you are looking for TEFL jobs in Changsha it is a really good choice, because this city is not the only place where you can earn money, but also place where you can take rest, get familiar with new culture and travel.

It is necessary to like your work and the place where you live, so Changsha is the city where you can find everything you need and much more!

It is a big and developed city, the capital of Hunan province with amazing nature.

The geographical location makes this city really unique: it is located on the banks of Xiang River, there are great mountains Luoxiao Mountains on the east and Wuling Mountains on the west, and Hengshan Mountains on the south.

So if you are keen on nature and hiking this place will be a real paradise for you.

Also, you will like this place if you are interested in history because Changsha is the city of museums, ancient temples and historical monuments.

The truth about teaching English in China is that this experience will change you and broaden your cultural horizons.

Teaching English in Changsha
Wuling Mountains

What Makes Changsha Unique?

Cost of living

The average cost of living in Changsha is fairly cheap if you don’t need to pay rent.

All teaching jobs in Changsha can provide you with enough money for not only comfortable living but also for traveling, excursions, and restaurants.

For example, you will spend only 18 CNY (2,6$) for a meal in an inexpensive restaurant and 37 CNY (5$) for Macdonald’s MacMenu.

Products in supermarkets are also very cheap, so cooking fresh and healthy food at home is very affordable.

For example, here are prices for all necessary products in every kitchen: 1 liter of milk – 14 CNY (2$), a loaf of fresh bread (500g) – 15 CNY (2,1$), chicken breasts (1kg) – 25 CNY (3,6$).

For public transportation monthly pass you will spend 100 CNY (14$). And if you decide to go to the cinema, this adventure will cost you only 93 CNY (13$) for two!

As you can see, living in Changsha English teacher can maintain a high standard of living.

Changsha city malls
Changsha city view
View from Beiyue Temple on Mount Heng in the Shanxi province

Restaurant and bars

There are many different restaurants and bars in Changsha city because it is a big and multicultural city.

Here you can find many points with Chinese cuisine, but these restaurants may vary from very cheap and fast to luxury where you can try delicious dishes with spicy souses and seafood.

Also, Changsha expats have the opportunity to eat something very familiar, because there are many places with American and European cuisines.

Changsha cuisine
A plate of spicy pork in Changsha restaurant

Places to visit

Changsha city has a very unique location and bordering with beautiful mountains. So, first of all, many tourists go there for hiking and camping.

You can buy excursion tours to Mt. Hengshan and see the most popular tourists’ destination in Hunan province.

Yuelu Academy

Yuelu Academy is the second most popular place for tourists.

This academy is one of four major academies in ancient China and located on the foot of Mount Yuelu.

Many thousands of years ago students attended lectures and great ceremonies took place. And today you can see this historical site on your own eyes.

Yuelu Academy
Yuelu Academy, Changsha

Hunan Provincial Museum

Hunan Provincial Museum is also a must-see point for tourists.

Here you can see many historical sites and relicts from Mawangdui Tombs of the Han Dynasty, pottery, and porcelain, clothes, and jewelry of the famous Chinese dynasties Shang, Zhou and Chu.

Lacquer Coffin Unearthed from the 2nd century BC Han Tomb No.1 at Mawangdui

Mawangdui Han Tombs

Mawangdui Han Tombs is a place where you can meet tourist from all countries because these tombs are famous in the whole world.

They were excavated between 1972 and 1974 years. And archaeologists found there many silk books, silk dresses, bronze, and other luxuries.

Mount hengshan hanging temple
Furong panorama, Hunan province