Teach English in Guangzhou
ESL Jobs in Guangzhou
Formerly know by the name Canton, it might not be the first one you think about, but it’s the third biggest city in China with it’s 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, as 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 read 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.
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.
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.
Clubs are diverse and won’t disappoint even an experienced one. However, this entertainment tends to be costly in the 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.
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!
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 is 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.
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.
Types of ESL Teaching Jobs in Guangzhou
- Training courses for adults
- Language centers for children
- International schools
- Public institutions (children aged 3-18)
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 - $2,000 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 25,000 RMB or 28,000 RMB ($3,600 – $4,100).
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 9pm. 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.
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
Compensation and salary
If you are ready to work hard, be sure, that English teaching jobs in Guangzhou can be extremely beneficial not only on a cultural level but in terms of finance, since a good worker always gets a lot more, than a basic salary.
- Salary up to 16,000 RMB (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English etc.) and up to 7000 RMB for extra classes
- Free accommodation
- Help with visa and documentation
- 11+13 days off per school year
- Flight ticket reimbursement after the end of the contract (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
- 7000 RMB contract completion bonus
- Visa fee reimbursement after 6 months of the contract
- Airport pickup
- Welcome pack (monthly transport ticket, SIM card, health assurance etc.)
- Guided tour around Beijing + tip about where to go in your district
- Loyalty bonus for each subsequent contract with the school
- Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation)
- Performance bonuses
- Summer class bonuses (per month): 500 RMB
- Help with everything related to bureaucracy or medicine
- Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, interacting with officials and doctors (if needed)
- Well-equipped classrooms
- Teaching resources and materials
- Coaching, workshops, class reviews and mutual observation
- TEFL certificate (if needed)
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.
Qualifications & Skills
Unlike other ESL recruitment agencies and schools, we do not require you to have academic degree, TEFL/TESOL certificate or teaching experience. If you are fluent in English and want to teach kids or adults in China, you are welcome to apply and we will find you a teaching position in Guangzhou.
- English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing
- Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
- Creativity, diligence, good communication skills, patience and interest for Chinese culture,
- You can earn more and apply for better positions if you have TEFL with at least 120 hours of experience (but you can do certification after your arrival or online)
- Age: 18 - 45
Apply Now to Teach English in Guangzhou
What do you say? If it sounds interesting to you, contact us and we will call you back within 24 hours, offering a few schools, where you could teach in Beijing. For this, we will need the following documents:
- Your CV
- Cover letter
- Recent photo of you
- Preferences for schedule and students (age)
When are you able to start?
Apply today at [email protected] (clickable email to write us right away) or fill out the form below.