Teach English in Sanya

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 Sanya

Here are the most popular places where you can find ESL teaching jobs in Sanya:

  • Kindergartens
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Training centers and courses

But this list is not the limit since you can find vacancies in bilingual international schools and even universities.

So your salary and compensation depend only on your professional skills, passion for teaching and hours that you are willing to spend at your working place.

Regular salary for ESL jobs in Sanya is beginning from 11,000 RMB (1600$) and may increase up to 14,000 RMB (2,050$).

Sometimes you can find vacancies where your income may increase up to 15,000 RMB (2,200$). But, frankly speaking, you will need the relevant experience, if you want to earn such a high salary plus bonuses.

By the way, it is a very important moment that a teacher may receive bonuses for the extra hours or students. So it will be a great idea to check with your employer if there are any bonuses provided.

Teaching in kindergartens

You can easily find a job in Sanya as an English teacher in kindergarten because it is highly demanded.

The knowledge of English is becoming a necessary skill in many professions, so it will be better to begin a study when you are a child.

Therefore, many kindergartens in Sanya, Zhejiang province are trying to find English native speakers.

This position is very interesting because you will invent exciting games and teach children to communicate in English.

They will get used to right pronunciation and grammar without difficulties.

But this work has some challenges too: children may be less motivated than adults, and you will need to be very understanding and patient.

Among all the jobs for students in Sanya Zhejiang, a teacher in kindergarten is the best variant because young specialist usually can find a better way to explain information to children. 

Teash English in Sanya, China
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Teaching in school

If you are looking for a vacancy in China and consider teaching English in primary or secondary schools in Sanya, you will work with older children. So they have already had the basis as alphabet etc.

On the one hand, it may be more enjoyable for you, because you will have more practice and teach English deeply.

On the other hand, they may remember some mistakes, and it will be challenging to explain the right things.

Very interesting opportunities for Sanya English teaching jobs are international schools. You can find this type of schools in big provinces, but they are becoming more and more popular.

All lessons at this school are provided in English and children have an opportunity to learn language comprehensively.

But probably you will need TEFL certificate if you want to receive this job in Sanya.

The most significant advantage to teach at a school in Sanya is that you will have a very stable schedule.

You will have teaching hours mostly in the morning (8-9 am) and your working day will end at 5 pm.

So you will have sufficient free time to walk, rest and travel.

Is it possible to teach adults in Sanya?

One of the most popular questions about ESL teaching jobs in Sanya is about the possibility to teach adults.

Sure, you can do it in English training centers and courses for adults. 

Living in Sanya, many specialists need to know English if they want to find a good job.

Thus people are very interested in a good teacher that can help them.

Teaching jobs for foreigners in Sanya open many opportunities for cultural exchange not only for students but also for a teacher.

If you decide to teach adults, you will have much more free time in the mornings. So you can sleep as much as you want, have your morning cup of coffee without any rush and explore the city.

The main disadvantage is that you will work on weekends because adult students prefer to learn in their free time.

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

Requirements for English teaching jobs in Sanya may vary depending on the places of teaching, a number of students or English level.

But here you can find the most important of them:

  • From 20 to 40 teaching hours
  • 5 working days per week
  • From 15 to 50 students (depending on the type of school)
  • Prepare a teaching program
  • Attend meetings with colleges
  • Provide feedback to parents about the progress
Jobs for foreigners in Sanya, China
Teaching English in Sanya
Teach at a kindergarten in Sanya


It is normally for teaching jobs in Sanya to provide teachers with free accommodation.

There are three the most popular way how to handle accommodation question: 

  1. You will be provided with free apartment
  2. The school will provide you with the monthly allowance
  3. Or if you want to have a flatmate, you can live with another teacher.

This practice is very common because you will have a bigger apartment and a friend with whom you can spend free time.

In all cases, your employer provides you with photos of the flats so you will have an opportunity to choose where to live.

All apartments are spacious, clean and have a modern interior.

Apply Now to Teach English in Sanya

Get your application in today and teach English in Sanya with one of the leading schools in the city.

What is it like to live in Sanya?

Have you ever dreamed of traveling to Hawaii?

And what if you can go to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and receive a salary as an English teacher abroad?

Sanya is the most southern city in Hainan Island, and it is the second name “China’s Hawaii”.

Is Sanya a safe place to live?

Totally, yes! This city is becoming more and more developed because it is quite trendy among tourists.

There are more than 100 hotels in this city and many attractions, parks, restaurants and bars (expat bars too). So moving to Sanya, you will find there everything you need for comfortable living.

Sanya climate is tropical and hot, for example, the average temperature in January is 21C, in June 28C and in September 27C. Rainy season: June, July, August, September.

The population of Sanya is more than 685000 inhabitants.

Atlantis Sanya

What Makes Sanya Unique?

Cost of living

Obviously, this place is not so expensive like Shanghai or Guangzhou, and teacher of English doesn’t need to pay rent (from 200$ to 400$), so the average cost of living in Sanya is very cheap and you can accumulate money for traveling.

The price of the meal in an inexpensive restaurant is about 40 CNY (4,5$).

Food shopping in a supermarket is very affordable: a bottle of cola costs 4 CNY (0,5$), 1 kg of chicken breasts – 33 CNY (5$), 1 kg of white rice – 8 CNY (1$).

A one-way ticket on the local bus – 2 CNY (0,2$).

Sanya resorts
Sanya beach area
Sanya tourist attractions

Restaurants and bars

Living in Sanya, you can choose between traditional Chinese food and European. There are many restaurants with Chinese very tasty dishes and a really small price.

But because of the many tourists and expats you can find European and American café, bars too.

Sometimes chefs are trying to integrate European cuisine with Chinese, so you can eat a very extraordinary variant of familiar dishes.

Sauteed Preserved Beef with White Chili


People all over China is moving to Sanya due to its’ climate, affordable living and beaches.

There are many foreigners, tourists and expats here, so you will hear many different languages.

Natives use Min Nan Chinese language, and it is one of the dialects of Chinese and sometimes it is called Hainanese.

But because of the tourists, you can see here signboards, advertising or menus in English and even Russian language.

Sanya China Cruise ship

Places to visit

First of all, you need to visit the beautiful beaches of Sanya.

Many tourists all of the world come here to relax on the white sand with a sweet cocktail.

Yalong Bay is one of the most popular places for holidaymakers in China because it is clean, beautiful and there are many hotels along the beach.

Thus it is not a problem to find a hotel that will match the tastes and possibilities.

Also along Yalong Bay coastal line, you can find sellers of many water activities such as parasailing, banana boats, etc.

Dadonghai Beach is very popular too because of plenty of restaurants that you can find there.

You can try interesting food and buy almost everything from seafood to shell jewelry.

Tianya Haijiao people in China have a proverb “I will follow you to Tianya Haijiao”. It means love that lasts forever.

This beach is the most romantic and beautiful, so if you want to take exiting pictures, you should go there.

Sanya beaches

Transportation system

When people look for ESL teaching jobs in Sanya, they usually want to travel and see other places and cultures.

Transportation system is developed here because Sanya city is very popular tourists’ destination, so it is served with the airport.

About transportation inside the city: you can use local buses that have stops in all the important places in the city. Also using buses, you can visit all of the popular beaches.

Another method of moving around is tram. Sanya city has very developed tram line, and you can reach all main points.

Sanya leisure activities