Teach English in Ningbo

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 Ningbo

  • Colleges
  • Training centers
  • Kindergartens and public schools
  • Private institutions

Currently, the number of jobs for foreigners in Ningbo keeps increasing, especially in the field of ESL. Teachers for 3-12-year-olds are in the highest demand.

If you have at least some experience with this age group, your chances to get the job are very good.

Some schools accept applications only from experienced teachers, while in most cases you can teach English in China no experience the only criterion being your language level.

It’s vital to speak fluent English with a good accent, as you’ll have to communicate in this language with your students and colleagues.

Another important point is being creative and positive because that’s what is necessary when you are left face to face with a dozen small children.

But even if you are among those, who wonder «Is it possible to teach adults in Ningbo?», making classes fun, interactive and appealing is vital!

You are expected to make a difference from the «traditional» way of teaching, so conversation practice, games, videos and amusing activities are very welcome.

What is the typical schedule like?

It usually depends on the school and your students.

If you prefer younger learners, be ready for early morning classes (start at 8 am), but in this case, you will benefit from free weekends and evenings.

However, Ningbo international school jobs might have a different schedule, even if you choose to teach children: classes usually start in the afternoon and last till 9 pm.

The main advantage there is the possibility to wake up later in the morning and come to work after 1 pm, which is ideal for night owls! Plus, you can teach adults groups there, which is why many foreign teachers choose to work at private centers.

International schools also offer a flexible schedule, where you can choose your days off because you will have to work on weekends. In any case, you will have 2 days off work every week!

How much can you earn in Ningbo?

Living in Ningbo, you get all the advantages a rich and developed city has to offer and earn good money.

Experienced natives can get as much as 15,000 RMB ($2,200) on a monthly basis, but teaching jobs in China for non-native speakers offer decent wages as well.

In this city, such teachers normally get between 11,000 RMB and 13,000 RMB, which corresponds to $1,600 and $1,900.

Such salary will not only put food on your table but also let you save considerable amounts of dollars for trips, eating out, entertainment and gifts for friends and family.

English teaching jobs in Ningbo
ESL public school jobs in Ningbo
Teaching English in Ningbo

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

• Teach young children/teens/adult groups
• Up to 20 teaching hours
• Around 10-15 office hours
• 5-day work week with two days off (falling on weekends for public school jobs in Ningbo)
• Use up-to-date teaching approach and material provided by the school
• Enhance speaking skills
• Provide feedback, attend teacher-parent meetings
• Check homework and tests
• Help with placement testing
• Perform demos
• Attend school social events

Vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Ningbo
Teaching jobs for foreigners in Ningbo
Work in Ningbo as an English teacher


Although rent is quite cheap in China and is between $220 and $360 per month in Ningbo, free housing is always good news, right?

Almost all schools offer it or pay a monthly allowance to foreigners who work in Ningbo as an English teacher.

This lets you save a few hundred on fun and traveling. However, you’ll still have to pay $43 – $55 for electricity and heating.

How does it work?

  • As soon as your application is approved and you apply for a visa, it will be time to start looking for a place. A local estate agent will assist you with this, since finding an apartment in Ningbo can be challenging for someone who doesn’t speak the language.
  • You will get to pick the one you like, looking through pictures of local apartments.
  • All rentals are comfortable, Western style and fully equipped. No need to spend extra money on furniture or appliances.
  • Before you come to teach at a school in Ningbo, we’ll make sure the apartment is located nearby, so that you wouldn’t spend hours on buses and subway.
  • Our teachers live in safe Ningbo districts only with no risk of unpleasant or noisy neighbors.
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Free housing for English teacher in Ningbo

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Does Ningbo look like your kind of place? We are waiting for your application! Get it in now and we will find a position to teach English in Ningbo for you.

What is it like to live in Ningbo?

Ningbo, China’s popular seaside resort, located close to the mountains, is not only a great place to go for vacation.

Despite its small size, this Zhejiang city has lots to offer to newcomers.

Ningbo jobs for foreigners include numerous ESL offers, so if you are interested in a teaching career, coming here could be a wise move, that would boost your resume and let you acquire more international experience.

There are around 100 different institutions including public schools, preschool establishments, colleges, and training courses.

There are Ningbo English teaching jobs for different levels of qualification, so no matter how experienced you are, we’ll find something for you!

Work in Ningbo as an English teacher

What Makes Ningbo Unique?

  • Population: 8 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Public transport: international airport, railway stations (2), rail transit (2 lines), buses and taxis
  • Climate: subtropical

The Ningbo city is among the most popular destinations for English teachers. Why is it so?

Being a famous resort and a historical city with secular traditions fused with modernity and technology, this place can’t be underestimated.

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Work in Ningbo as an English teacher
Teaching jobs in Ningbo

Here is our list of a few reasons, why coming here would be a great idea for you!

It’s warm

Thanks to its geographical situation, living here you won’t have to survive cold winters and snowfalls.

The Ningbo climate is quite hot and humid: in January the temperature doesn’t go below 1 C (34 F), however, in summer it often surpasses 30 C (86 F).

That’s why they never turn the air conditioning off during July and August.

Plus, warm seasons tend to get the most of the year’s rainfall, so don’t walk out without your umbrella!

Cheap but comfortable

Compared to some huge Chinese cities, Ningbo seems to be rather small.

This means, that most of the services and goods are very cheap here. In fact, teaching in Ningbo you can live very well with $350 or $450 per month excluding rent.

The bus pass is $13, a bottle of mineral water costs $0.59 and you can get a three-course meal for $10 at a mid-range restaurant. At cheap local restaurants, you can have lunch for as little as $2.98.

With a ridiculous cost of living in Ningbo and the salary, you will get, you can easily find all Western facilities and comfort you need. Nothing is too expensive for you here!

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Travel on weekends

Living in Ningbo as a foreigner you will put by a considerable amount of your wages, which will make regular trips possible. Don’t forget, that Shanghai is only 3 hours away by ordinary train.

You can also explore Zhoushan, go to Hangzhou, Suzhou or plan a vacation in Japan!

If you ever get tired of the Ningbo weather or wish to escape for a few days, book a flight to Dalian for a change!

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Hungry yet?

We all know the main reasons why so many people want to teach English abroad: it’s the cheapest way to discover a new culture, get to learn the language... and eat authentic local food!

In Ningbo, you won’t starve, because everything is so delicious and not as adventurous as you might imagine. Here are a few highly recommended dishes: steamed buns with fresh meat, the Xikou cake with 27 layers and dried bamboo!

Even though many members of the Ningbo expat community still go to Western restaurants from time to time, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the local cuisine with its fresh and fragrant taste, a moderate saltiness, beautiful colors, and crispness.

The Xikou cake with 27 layers and dried bamboo

Unique chance to learn the language!

Although it’s perfectly okay not to speak any Mandarin upon arrival and you can survive with the knowledge of a few basic words, many teaching English in Ningbo benefit from the free Chinese classes and study the language.

In “smaller” cities like this one, it’s very useful, because most people don’t understand any English, so in case you want to ask something in the street, you got to speak at least some Mandarin.

Don’t be afraid, the spoken language is very easy!

Places to visit

The Land between Sky and Sea right in the middle of the 3rd longest sea bridge, Nanxi Hot Spring baths and the Tianyi pavilion are just a few of the local tourist spots.

The city itself is full of historical buildings and even the rests of prehistoric Hemudu villages.

If you pick one of the teaching jobs in Ningbo, you won’t have to spend weekends at home lying of the sofa, because there’ll be so many things to see and to try out there!

Living in Ningbo