Teach English in Guangzhou

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:
    $700 -1,000 USD (4,800 - 6,800 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 Guangzhou

  • Training courses for adults
  • Language centers for children
  • International schools
  • Public institutions (children aged 3-18)

The salary for ESL jobs in Guangzhou

Here is the key message to all those who want to teach English in China: salary mostly – but not entirely – depends on the actual amount of hours spent in class.

There are full-time positions and part-time ones. Plus, there is work experience, qualifications (extra certification, training), language level and accent, and nationality.

If you look through salary statistics for dozens of jobs in Guangzhou, you’ll see that there is no ‘standard’ wage for teachers – average employee gets between 9,000 RMB and 14,000 RMB, which equals $1,300 - $2,050 per month. Normally, you negotiate the amount and your future schedule before you ever come to China and sign a contract.

What is the usual schedule?

Schedules are another important point: they differ considerably at public or private schools and language courses. The perk about ordinary schools is that you get to finish the workday earlier (by 4 pm or 5 pm), so you have free evenings and 2 days off on weekends.

The main inconvenience is that you have to wake up early as classes start at about 8 am. Guangzhou international school jobs offer similar working hours, but they hire English-speaking subject teachers as well, here the pay may sometimes reach 16,000 RMB or 17,000 RMB ($2,350$2,500).

Types of ESL jobs in Guangzhou

At training centers the situation is rarely similar: as classes there start in the afternoon or evening, you get to sleep longer in the morning, but your working hours are till 8 pm or 9 pm.

Weekends off are not always a guarantee, but you’ll still get days off regularly.

‘Is it possible to teach adults in Guangzhou?’ you may wonder. Yes, but only at language centers, if you are ready to work late in the evening and come to school on weekends as well because that’s when your students need you.

Jobs for foreigners in Guangzhou
ESL public school jobs in Guangzhou
Teaching English in Guangzhou

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

So, what exactly will you be expected to do? Usually, responsibilities are very typical for all language courses and public schools:

  • Teach 20 (private schools) or up to 50 students (state establishments) in class
  • Attend teacher-parent and school meetings
  • Outline courses, lessons
  • Use up-to-date materials, interactive whiteboard, audio and video
  • Enhance speaking, interaction in class, develop listening skills
  • Be creative, introduce games and group activities
  • Provide feedback, mark tests and written homework
  • Attend training, class observation and staff events
English teaching jobs in Guangzhou
Teach at a school in Guangzhou

Accommodation

Foreigners don’t only get assistance in finding an apartment in Guangzhou, but they also get to live there rent-free, as teaching jobs in Guangzhou offer free housing as one of the bonuses.

You will be able to choose among several Western-style apartments in the safest areas of the city, close to your school, supermarkets, and local attractions.

Free appartement for English teachers in Guangzhou
Great appartement for ESL teacher in Guangzhou

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What do you say? If it sounds interesting to you, contact us and we will get back to you within 24-48 hours, offering a few schools, where you could teach in Guangzhou.

What is it like to live in Guangzhou?

Formerly known by the name Canton, it might not be the first one you think about, but it’s the third biggest city in China with its ever-growing population. Guangzhou, China’s “international capital”, keeps attracting people from all around the world, and is especially appealing to those, willing to teach English in China.

Public and private schools are numerous – currently, there are at least 237 institutions and counting. Language centers for children and adults are very popular – there are over 300 of these.

ESL teaching jobs in Guangzhou are usually available for any level of educators – fresh graduates, new teachers, enthusiastic natives or professional mentors with years of experience.

The important thing is teaching jobs in China for non-native speakers are almost as well-paid, like the ones for UK, US or Canada citizens, because it’s really not always the nationality, that matters.

Chinese schools look for creative teachers, willing to encourage students to start speaking English, develop their communication skills and learn to survive in real-life conditions.

As traditional methods are based on the reading and translate principle, which often proves to be inefficient, modern teachers from abroad are expected to bring some fresh ideas and introduce fun activities in class.

Although ESL public school jobs in Guangzhou and training centers’ offers are different, all of them guarantee a decent pay, enough free time, allowances and bonuses for foreigners.

Teaching jobs in Guangzhou for native English speakers

What Makes Guangzhou Unique?

  • Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Population: over 15 million
  • Public Transport: international airport, railway stations (4), subway (8 lines), 1000 bus routes, taxi
  • Climate: humid subtropical

Currently, Guangzhou is believed to be on the list of the best cities in China to teach English. Why is it so?

Firstly, because of the climate and tourist opportunities, since most foreigners don’t really want to find just a teaching position – they wish to discover local culture, have as many trips, as they can, and enjoy themselves!

Living in Guangzhou as a foreigner, whose mission is to help others start communicating in English, you get a well-paid job, access to the Guangzhou expat community, a unique chance to learn both Cantonese and Mandarin, explore the Southern part of the country, get lots of sunshine and warmth, and finally learn what they really eat here.

Teaching English as a foreign language in Guangzhou
Work in Guangzhou as an English teacher
Guangzhou, South China

If you can’t make up your mind and look for advice or want to know the truth about teaching English in China, we have plenty of things to tell:

City of expats!

Around 40% of the population are either people from other Chinese regions or foreigners, currently living in Guangzhou.

This place is very international, dynamic and there is no shortage of English speakers, so it’s easy to find new friends and get some help.

Of course, it might not feel like there is another person speaking your language while on the subway during peak hours, but most expats manage to meet lots of people, both locals, and workers from abroad.

Learn some Cantonese

Teaching English in Guangzhou will let you learn a lot yourself and benefit from free courses of Mandarin and Cantonese.

The latter is the language spoken in the South – mostly in the province, Hong Kong and Macau. It may also be very useful during trips to Vietnam, Cambodia and communicating with the Chinese, residing overseas.

Notions of the local language variety will be extremely useful to you during your stay in Guangzhou neighborhoods, shopping, and outings.

Nightlife

Clubs are diverse and won’t disappoint even an experienced one. However, this entertainment tends to be costly in Guangzhou city.

Remember, that Western-style places are even more expensive (it’s true in all parts of the country), cocktails at discos are extremely costly too ($9 on average) – especially compared to Europe.

Spending night out in Guangzhou

Local food

We all understand, that the reason why so many people want to work in Guangzhou as an English teacher nowadays, is that we all want to know the real Chinese cuisine from the inside. And not pay a fortune for the meal.

Actually, working in this city, you can afford eating out quite often. Places, serving Chinese dishes usually have no menu at all, but the outside is covered with pictures, so you can point at any of them to order (no language skills needed).

Take the chance and pick a local restaurant in one of Guangzhou districts, to try the famous Dim Sum dishes, like shrimp dumplings, Feng Zao chicken feet, and Luobago turnip cake! If you are adventurous enough and have a strong stomach, go for Pidan Shourou Zhou – rice porridge with so-called century eggs!

Chinese Dim Sum

Visit Chimelong parks

This collection of 5 theme parks is considered one of the very best in China. All of them have very good ratings on Google maps.

There are bird park and safari park for animal lovers, and Chimelong paradise for those who want to see what roller coasters in China are like.

Teaching in Guangzhou, you can easily arrange for an adventure weekend like this, as the parks are situated not far from subway stations. Entrance fees range from $14 to $51, depending on the place.

Chimelong parks

Climate

The Guangzhou climate is great for people, who hate winter, as the last snowfall here was in 2016, the previous one – in 1929! Relative humidity here is mostly between 66% and 84% and is at the maximum during summer months, which tend to be hot and humid.

Locals say that although you may feel sticky with perspiration on some days, living in the Guangzhou weather is good for your skin, hair, sinuses, and weight.

Many foreigners, who found TEFL jobs in Guangzhou, note that they lose kilos even without working out and their skin is much better – looking moisturized and healthy. But there are air conditioners at schools and apartments, so you can always turn it on, when you feel like you can’t take it anymore.

How much does it cost to live in Guangzhou?

Cost of living in Guangzhou. As the average salary in this region is not less than 7,754 RMB (approximately $1,150), teaching jobs for foreigners in Guangzhou will let you feel at ease. Full-time mentors here earn at least 9,000 RMB ($1,330).

According to statistics, you only need $520 for food, transport and comfortable life (including eating out, cinema, some drinks, etc.)

Locals also pay extra $435 for rent, plus bills, but jobs for foreigners in Guangzhou offer free housing or allowance, so you’ll save extra money.

Around and outside the megapolis

Don’t forget about the airport and the railway stations, because these will let you travel with lots of comfort to Hong Kong (50 minutes), Macau, and Taiwan, or explore other Chinese regions.

There are bullet trains to Beijing as well, the trip will take around 8 or 9 hours. With Guangzhou teaching jobs you can afford such getaways on a regular basis with no need to cut on expenses in everyday life.

Hongkong Harbour view
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