Teach English in Changsha

Benefits and requirements

    • Education:
      No bachelor degree 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:
      International kindergartens, language centers, kindergartens, and training centers
    • 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:
      20-25 teaching hours & 15 prep time hours
    • Types of Students:
      Kindergarten education, school children, private students
    • Cost of Living per Month:
      $400-700 USD (2800 - 4900 RMB) depending on your lifestyle, accommodation is free
    • Additional benefits and perks:
      5000 RMB contract completion bonus,
      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
    • Monthly Pay:
      Salary from 9000 up to 16,000 RMB (depends on your qualification, education, skills, , experience, level of English, etc.)
    • Start-up Cost:
      Flight ticket + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary (~$400 USD)
    • Potential to Save or Break-even:
      Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1100 USD/Month depending on your lifestyle
    • Accommodation Benefits:
      We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
    • Flight Reimbursement:
      Flight ticket reimbursement after 6 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 qualification. 



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.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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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