Teach English in Fuzhou

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:
    Year-round
  • 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 Fuzhou

  • Public and private schools
  • International ESL centers
  • Kindergartens
  • Colleges

Willing to teach at a school in Fuzhou? No matter how qualified you are, it’s an easy way to spend a year traveling around China and making money.

English-speaking foreigners can apply for positions at any kind of institution, but they are in the highest demand at kindergartens and diverse courses for young learners (3 – 8 y.o.)

Most employers don’t bother about nationality: there are lots of teaching jobs in China for non-native speakers, even if you keep seeing “native speaker” in the list of requirements.

The point that matters is your ability to transmit your knowledge, offer fun and interactive classes and let your students start speaking and feel confident. Creativity and positivity are crucial!

Is prior experience necessary?

It’s sure a good thing to know what TEFL is about, but in order to work in Fuzhou as an English teacher, you don’t have to be experienced or possess any special diplomas.

However, a foreigner can’t teach English in China with no degree, that’s a law. The thing is that it can be in anything – not obligatorily in education or linguistics.

On the other hand, if you don’t have a TEFL, jobs in Fuzhou will provide training for free. You can either complete it online or after your arrival to China.

What is the typical schedule like?

Depending on the type of students and your preferences, you can choose between morning classes and evening + weekend teaching.

Typically, if you look at a vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Fuzhou, you’ll see, that the requirement is to be available 5 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm. Sometimes you get to finish earlier, but your evenings are always free.

Public school mentors also have Saturdays and Sundays off work, which means, that you can plan activities with friends or escape from the city to travel around the region.

ESL teaching jobs in Fuzhou
ESL jobs in Fuzhou
English teaching jobs in Fuzhou

The truth about teaching English in China is that class sizes also depend on the type of institution: at state schools, they tend to be bigger, up to 50 people.

It’s vital to be ready to deal with this many students at once, especially if they are teens or young children.

However, Chinese kids are more disciplined and well-behaved, than European or American students, so don’t worry.

Plus, all foreigners teaching English at a Chinese school get a local assistant to help handle the class and prepare for it (copies, necessary materials).

At language courses, you mostly get to work with adults and children, but in way smaller groups – usually around 20 people per class.

But in this case, you’ll be required to work late hours (till 9 pm daily) and agree to teach on weekends, because that’s when they have the most students. You’ll have days off, of course, but they will fall on weekdays.

How much can you earn in Fuzhou?

Worried about how much you’ll earn if you teach English in China? Salaries in Fuzhou are quite decent.

Chances are, an inexperienced educator may get as much as 11,000 RMB ($1,600) per month, but qualified teachers applying for Fuzhou teaching jobs will get between 12,000 RMB and 14,000 RMB ($1,750 – $2,050) on average.

Note, that professionals can always negotiate better wages, if they are certified and have a good level and teaching skills. In any case, living in Fuzhou as a foreigner you don’t think about surviving, but about enjoying life, eating out and plenty of trips, which you can afford even with minimum wages.

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

  • 20-25 teaching hours
  • Up to 10 office hours (preparation, demos, meetings, homework/test check)
  • Monday-Friday for ESL public school jobs in Fuzhou
  • Evenings and weekend classes at international schools
  • Teach children/adults
  • Provide quality classes, use up-to-date audio/video materials
  • Make students practice a lot and gain confidence in speaking English
  • Check tests, homework, provide written feedback
  • Perform demo lessons, conversation clubs
  • Attend school meetings and social events
Work in Fuzhou as an English teacher
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Fuzhou
Teaching English in Fuzhou

Accommodation

Housing in the city is not very expensive: most one-bedroom apartments cost between $295 and $328 per month, but the good news is that you won’t have to bother because most schools provide you with a place to live for free.

This means, that you can save this money and spend it on entertainment. Finding an apartment in Fuzhou will not be a difficult task:

  • All jobs in Fuzhou offer several options for the housing. A professional estate agent will be in charge to look for a place for you.
  • All apartments for foreigners are Western style, modern, furnished and equipped. You’ll get to see pictures and pick the one you prefer.
  • Employees get to live in safe and calm Fuzhou neighborhoods only, not far from the school and shops.

Note, that you’ll still have to pay for utilities, because many schools don’t cover these expenses, but the amount is ridiculously low: $36 – $44 per month.

Free housing for English teacher in Fuzhou
Great appartement for ESL teacher in Fuzhou

Apply Now to Teach English in Fuzhou

Do you like Fuzhou? Let us know by sending these:

  1. Your CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Recent photo of you
  4. Preferences for schedule and students (age)

Apply today at [email protected] (clickable email to write us right away) or fill out the form below.

Submit your application today and we’ll find a place for you to teach English in Fuzhou very soon!

What is it like to live in Fuzhou?

Even though the name of Fuzhou, China’s traditional small city and capital of the Fujian province, does not sound familiar to most foreigners, it’s one of the richest and most developed places in the country. Plus, it has a 5,000-year history and its streets have something to tell a tourist!

Looking for a job here is a wise decision: with 117 institutions including colleges and secondary schools, and over 24 international schools, it’s clear that the market for teaching jobs for foreigners in Fuzhou is flourishing and you can easily get an interesting position!

Fuzhou, China

What Makes Fuzhou Unique?

  • Population: 7.7 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Public transport: international airport, high-speed railway stations (2), subway (1 completed line + 5 under construction), buses, taxi
  • Climate: humid subtropical

Most Western people have never even heard of this city, it’s not very popular: with over 7 million people it’s considered to be a “small” provincial capital!

Fuzhou city view
Fuzhou forest walkway
Living in Fuzhou

Fuzhou city is very special and has something to offer to a curious mind:

Cost of living in Fuzhou

The city is among the cheapest places in China: a monthly pass is only $8 or $10, a basic lunch costs $2.20 – $4.46, a beer is $4.

However, if you prefer Western cuisine, you’ll spend considerably more, since a 3-course meal costs around $50 there, which is equal to a train ticket to Shanghai!

Sightseeing

Remember to visit 3 Lanes and 7 alleys, which is one of the oldest Fuzhou districts and an impressive architectural complex with beautiful Ming and Qing buildings.

There are 268 houses to see! We also advise you to climb nearby mountains and hills like Qishan, Gushan, the Drum hill and take a train to Xiapu Mudflat to take a few breathtaking pictures.

The Drum hill in Fuzhou
Xiapu Mudflat in Fuzhou

Fuzhou weather

The climate is humid, which means, that there are frequent rains, but the good news is that winters are very short and mild.

January is considered the coldest month, but temperature rares goes below 9 C (48 F)! Another important thing is the air quality: many people ask whether it’s safe to teach English in China in terms of health.

There is no such problem with Fuzhou, which is number 7 on the list of the most environmentally-friendly places in the country.

Try local dishes!

Living in Fuzhou it’d be a crime to stick to European food because local cuisine is one of the 8 Greatest Chinese traditions. Fuzhou dishes are rather light with a mix of sweet and sour taste due to sauces.

Eating out, order local specialty – the fish ball soup, lychee pork, ribs in brown sauce or the famous Fotiaoqiang, which is a mix of poultry and seafood.

While you’ll be teaching in Fuzhou, consider buying traditional snacks for lunch: hujiao bin (spicy bun with filling) and gua bao (a sort of Chinese hamburger), because they are both tasty and nutritious.

gua bao (a sort of Chinese hamburger)

Fuzhou is all about diversity

Why is it considered one of the very best cities in China to teach English? Because it has everything! First of all, it’s quite traditional and has a very particular and authentic character.

Here you get the chance to practice Chinese because most people in the street don’t speak foreign languages.

On the other hand, there are international enterprises, Western restaurants, and different foreigners, mostly working in the education field.

If you feel lonely or nostalgic, you can find someone from the Fuzhou expat community at the Shengfu Auditorium cinema.

Plus, there are quite a few nightclubs and bars with cheap beer and great atmosphere like the Party bar.

 

Fuzhou city, China
Fuzhou Vanke Yongtai Residential park
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