Teach English in Chengdu

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 13,000 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 Chengdu

  • Kindergartens
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Training English centers

If you decide to teach English in Chengdu, you make a good choice. If you check job seeking websites, you can notice that the Chengdu teaching jobs are highly demanded.

And this fact, for sure, makes some influence on compensations and salaries. You can earn from 12000 RMB to 13000 RMB (1750$ – 1900$). averagely.

But some really passionate teachers can increase their income for up to 3000$ per month, receiving their bonuses!

Pay may vary depending on the qualification, degree and international certificates. Teaching English in China with no experience is slightly less paid.

You can easily find jobs for students in Chengdu Zhejiang for the start and then become more and more experienced. So everything is in your hands!

Teaching in kindergartens

Some English teachers prefer to work with children because they are open to new information. And it is easier to teach the right English than re-teaching people that learn incorrect grammar or pronunciation. If you think so, you can find ESL teaching jobs in Chengdu and work in kindergartens.

Teaching English in China in the kindergartens allow you to present information in a playful way. Smart games with names of animals, months, etc. always are interesting to children and can help to learn many new words.

Teaching in schools

If you prefer to teach at a school in Chengdu, you can choose between primary or secondary school.

The program of teaching may vary depending on the age of your students and their current English level. You will need to prepare the learning plans and make the teaching process diverse.

Public schools in China usually prefer young, passionate and vigorous teachers. Because it may be hard to hold attention in the big class. Also, you will need special TEFL certification if you want to teach English at a Chinese school.

If all these points are about you, you can choose the work at the school with confidence.

In this case, you will have a very stable schedule – 5 working days and 2 days off. The additional perk is a short working day. You will end your school lessons approximately 4-5pm and have more time for yourself.

Is it possible to teach adults in Chengdu?

One of the most popular questions is about teaching adults. Is it possible to find this position among the international school Chengdu jobs?

The answer is definitely yes, you can find many adult groups in the English training centers! Because more and more adults need to know English for their work in so developed Chengdu city.

Adult students usually are more motivated and hardworking, because they understand what they need it for. So you will practice English grammar, reading and writing a lot.

Therefore, you need to know that in this case, you will provide lessons on the weekends unlike when you work in Chengdu as an English teacher in a school because adult students have the possibility to learn in their free time.

It doesn’t mean that you will work for the whole week, just that you will have 2 free days in the middle of the week.

English teaching jobs in Chengdu
English teaching jobs in Chengdu
ESL jobs in Chengdu

What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Chengdu

Usually, the responsibilities of a certified teacher are very similar in all teaching jobs for foreigners in Chengdu:

  1. 5/2 working schedule
  2. About 40 working hours (teaching + preparation)
  3. Up to 50 students in the group in public school or kindergarten
  4. Up to 20 students in secondary school or training center
  5. Providing feedback to the students and parents
  6. You will need to attend teachers’ meetings and other necessary events
  7. Check the progress with tests
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Chengdu
Vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Chengdu, Zhejiang province
Work in Chengdu as an English teacher


Almost all English teaching jobs in Chengdu provide you with free accommodation. It may be an apartment for one or a bigger flat if you want to live with the flatmate.

Usually, Chengdu expats prefer to live together because in this case, they will have spacious accommodation with 2 or 3 rooms.

Sometimes employer provides monthly allowance from 200$ to 400$ to help you with rent and bills.

  • In both cases, you have the opportunity to choose accommodation yourself because it is very important to feel comfy moving to Chengdu.
  • All flats are beautiful and fully equipped for everyday life.
  • Apartments are usually near the school so you will not spend much time in order to get to school or back.

Apply Now to Teach English in Chengdu

Get your application in today and teach English in Chengdu with one of the leading schools in the city.

What is it like to live in Sanya?

Chengdu is not only the place where you can find plenty of decent vacancies.

It is also very suitable for living and traveling because Chengdu is the capital of Zhejiang province (Sichuan).

This city is very developed and can provide you with all the necessities and much more!

Is Chengdu safe for foreigners?

Sure, it is a big city with national diversity and you will not feel any unpleasant attention. More than 7 million people living in Chengdu and it is without the nearest areas.

Chengdu climate is very mild and humid all the time. Summer is the longest season with average temperature 25C / 77F. Winter temperatures rarely fall below 3C / 37F

Chengdu, China

What Makes Chengdu Unique?

Restaurants and bars

It's always nice to meet people from your country abroad. And if in small cities it may be challenging, you can find Chengdu expat bars easily and find new friends that come to Chine for work.

But both natives and non-native speakers agree that Sichuan cuisine is one of the best in China. You can find dishes for all tastes and pocket.

There are a lot of chicken in a menu with different sauces, but if you are vegetarian you can choose tofu option. Chinese cuisine is spicy enough and oily, but health dishes are common because of many travelers.

Teach English in Chengdu, China
Moving to Chengdu
Living in Chengdu

Transportation system

The transportation system is very important for those who want to go around the city or country in free time.

Chengdu city has one of the most developed railway hubs in the country, so this city is a perfect start point to travel around the province.

You can travel and see such attractions as Leshan Giant Buddha and Mount Emei.

Local metro is also very developed and using it you can reach all interesting points in Chengdu in a very short time and less than for 1$! So you can freely choose an apartment in a different district from the school and use the subway to reach it.

Also, you can get around the city using the local bus or if you want to see all the attractions the best choice will be the sightseen bus. It has stops near all the interesting and popular places in the city. 

Cost of living

Teaching English abroad is very profitable, especially in China because the average cost of living in Chengdu is pretty low.

Taking into account that all TEFL jobs in Chengdu provide you with free accommodation, you will live in China fairly cheap.

For example, you can buy a monthly ticket to the local bus only for 100 RMB (15$). And the taxi price starts at 8 RMB.

Food in supermarkets is very affordable, a bottle of coke 4 RMB (50 ¢), milk – 14 RMB (2$), bread (500g) – 14 RMB (1,4$).

Meals in a cheap restaurant starts from 10 RMB (1,4$), average meal costs 40 RMB (6$).

Teaching in Chengdu


People in Chengdu use Sichuan Dialect that is one of the Southwestern Mandarin variations.

It is slightly different than classic Mandarin, but these differences don’t interfere to understand.

More than 100 million people have spoken Sichuan Dialect for now. And this fact makes it one of the most popular languages in the world.

Mandarin and Sichuan Dialect don’t have many differences in written language, most of them are in vocabulary and pronunciation. Sometimes native speakers say that there are two different languages.

But this is an exaggeration because 48% of the vocabulary is the same in both dialects.

The truth about teaching English in China that you don’t need to know Chinese. And the most likely you will not notice the difference between these dialects.

Chengdu City

Places to visit

Teaching in Chengdu is a great reason for traveling and exploring another culture.

There are many places to visit in Chengdu for every taste: parks, temples, opera, historical monuments, and museums and it isn’t all the list! If you like animals and attending zoos you will have a really unique opportunity to attend Research Base and see pandas.

Chengdu, West-China

When you need some rest from the big city life, you can go to one of the numerous green zones and parks like Wangjiang Park or bamboo garden. Temples in Chengdu are worth attention: Green Ram Taoist and Wenshu Buddhist monastery.

For history buffs, there are three old towns near Chengdu where you can explore the atmosphere of ancient China: Luodai, Anren, and Huanglongxi.

Traveling around Chengdu