Teach English in Foshan

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 15,000 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 Foshan

  • Kindergartens
  • State and private schools
  • ESL centers

As practically everywhere in the country, public school jobs in Foshan are the most numerous on the market. Foreigners interested in teaching English in China are accepted without a degree, experience or certification.

However, we remind you that it’s a government requirement to possess at least a Bachelor’s diploma in order to apply for a work visa, so a degree is necessary.

Experience and TEFL are preferred, but not really obligatory: it’s common for jobs for foreigners in Foshan to accept fresh graduates and enthusiasts, especially if they are natives.

What is expected of you in the workplace?

Both adults and children want you to be creative: fun activities, games, drawing, theater, and role-playing, watching videos and discussing them are the things they appreciate a lot.

Positive mood, humor and original teaching materials and tasks are very welcome, but you can also use the games and activities, developed by the school.

Teaching jobs in Foshan let you choose between adult students and younger learners, it might be difficult unless you have prior experience with any of them.

Sometimes a TEFL course helps define your profile because you normally get 6+ hours of real-life practice.

ESL kindergarten jobs in Foshan
ESL jobs in Foshan
English teaching jobs in Foshan

What is the typical schedule like?

Depending on the type of learners you get and some other things (school, your preferences, contract), you can either have evening kind of schedule with free mornings and busy afternoons, or typical 8 am – 5 pm working hours.

Teaching jobs for foreigners in Foshan are not all similar: at international courses, you are required to teach at late hours, often till 9 pm, but on the other hand, you get to stay in bed longer and go to work after 2 pm.

In this case, Saturdays and Sundays are also workdays for you: there are many adult groups scheduled, and students usually want to benefit from their weekends to learn more intensively. Teachers still get days off, but these fall on some other days of the week.

Whenever you stumble across a vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Foshan, the difference is evident: weekends off, morning classes starting at 8 am (sometimes at 7 am), 2-hour lunch+nap break, then classes till 5 pm or 5:30 pm.

Part-time positions with less than 40 working hours per week are also available.

How much can you earn in Foshan?

When you teach English in China salary depends on the school and the region – in Foshan jobs for foreigners are a catch, because being an experienced mentor living in Foshan you can earn up to 15,000 RMB ($2,200) and still get free housing and other benefits, even though cost of living here is quite cheap.

Beginners can count on slightly more modest wages – 8,500 – 12,000 RMB ($1,200 – $1,730), which is still great and will provide you with a comfortable living.

Even with a “minimum” salary, a foreigner teaching in Foshan can afford a lot: eating out, parties, comfort, trips, and savings.

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

  • Teach children or adults
  • 5 days per week, 2 days off
  • Up to 60 students per class (maximum 20 for Foshan international school jobs)
  • 13-30 teaching hours weekly
  • Minimum office hours, no required at some schools
  • Use a modern approach in teaching
  • Enhance creativity, speaking skills and listening
  • Plan lessons, check tests
  • Help other teachers with placement tests if needed
  • Attend school meetings and events
  • Do demo lessons and presentations
Work in Foshan as an English teacher
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Foshan
Foshan international school jobs


Rent is usually between $100 and $270, but English teaching jobs in Foshan provide teachers with free apartments or offer an allowance to cover up to 100% of it. This saves you extra money for entertainment and travel.

Since finding an apartment in Foshan can be tricky if you don’t speak the local language, a Chinese estate agent will contact you to help through the entire process.

  • Photos and details about available apartments will be sent to you.
  • All variants are Western style, cozy, with all the necessary furniture and equipment, so you won’t have to buy anything.
  • We pre-select the safest Foshan neighborhoods close to the school so that you wouldn’t have to spend too much time in traffic.
  • Bills are usually on you – in Foshan utilities cost around $55 – $57 per month.
Great appartement for ESL teacher in Foshan
Free housing for English teacher in Foshan

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What is it like to live in Foshan?

Located the Pearl River Delta area, this exciting Guangdong city has everything to seduce a foreigner: exotic nature, futuristic cityscapes, ancient temples and a developing economy with lots of jobs.

The decision to work in Foshan as an English teacher is a wise one, because you can benefit from the dynamic life of the capital of the province, Guangzhou, which is 50 minutes away (20 by bullet train), living in Foshan as a foreigner, in a more peaceful and quiet place, with the possibility to save extra cash.

There are enough institutions in the city: around 100 public schools and colleges, plus over 40 ESL centers. Dozens of vacancies are usually available, especially in summer and in January, before the spring semester starts.

Foshan, China

What Makes Foshan Unique?

  • Population: 8 million
  • Language: Mandarin + Cantonese
  • Public transport: close to an international airport, railway and bus stations (4), subway, buses, and taxis
  • Climate: tropical

The magnificent Foshan city is certainly among the best-known ones. It’s constantly developing now and keeps attracting tourists thanks to its shopping possibilities, infrastructure, beautiful parks, and amazing temples

Foshan teaching jobs
Foshan Zu Miao

Discover why coming to work here would be a good idea:

Lots to see!

If you happen to be a Bruce Lee fan, don’t miss the chance to visit his house and the ancestral hall.

It’s exactly in Foshan, China’s largest Kung Fu center of the epoch, that he learned his art! Ancient architecture like the Ancestor’s temple and Xishan is unique here and absolutely worth a visit.

Foshan, China’s largest Kung Fu center of the epoch

Who cares about winter!

Have you ever dreamed of living somewhere with no snow or frost, where people never wear scarfs and sweaters? That’s here!

Even though the heat does get a little heavy in June because it’s both the hottest month of the year and the one with the most rainfall, but overall, the Foshan weather is pretty enjoyable.

Typhoons hit this area quite regularly – two or three times a year – but it’s nothing to worry about as long as you follow the rules and don’t put your life at risk.


First of all, there is Guangzhou, the third largest city in the country and a tourist center. It’s easy to fly to far away cities from the local airport.

The train fare is ridiculously low – only $1.35 for a ride. As Foshan teaching jobs offer you over 3 weeks of paid annual leave, taking a trip to Macao, Hong Kong or Taiwan, visit Shenzhen or go as far as Shanghai for $97 to spend a tremendous weekend there.

Foshan night city view

Cheap and delicious

Like everything else, food in Foshan is both affordable and ravishing!

Local food is of Yue cooking, which is based on deep frying and baking, the taste of dishes is refreshing, crispy and light. Yuntun noodles, goose palms with orange peels, stewed for 5 hours, the Shiwan dried fish and sliced frogs are among the most recommendable ones!

Some dishes come from Foshan districts, like Nanhai or Shunde and it’s advisable to try them at local restaurants.

When you become a part of the Foshan expat community, chances are, you’ll be also buying street food and snacks like Shuang Pi Nai (milk with egg white and sugar dessert) and the Manggong cake with peanuts and pork. These are great before lunch or when you feel hungry during the day.

Wonton Noodle Soup

Not expensive at all!

The truth about teaching English in China is that your salary doesn’t look impressive at first, but then you understand, that with $1,500 you can afford almost anything.

The cost of living in Foshan is low even compared to other cities: it’s 217% cheaper than in the capital! You can buy a monthly bus pass for $28, a package of cigarettes is $1.81, and a pint of local beer is $2.38. You can live very well with $290 – $450 per month.

As Foshan English teaching jobs pay at least 3 times the amount needed, you can easily put by some money for the future or plan weekend activities and get away regularly.

Eating out is also very affordable: a Chinese dinner costs $9, but if you opt for a Western restaurant, be prepared for $50+ on your check.

Foshan ancient temple