Teach English in Shijiazhuang

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 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 Shijiazhuang

  • Kindergartens
  • Public schools
  • Language centers

Shijiazhuang jobs for foreigners are mostly centered on young language learners as more and more Chinese want their children to speak English and prepare for a great career at an international company.

They start beforehand, so when you come to work in Shijiazhuang as an English teacher, you may easily get the impression, that the only students you can get, are young children and teens.

In fact, vacancies at primary and middle schools are numerous: these institutions are ready to hire non-native speakers with fluent English and good accent, as well as natives – experienced or not.

It’s not difficult to find a position teaching English in China with no experience, as the ever-growing demand for foreigners doesn’t let schools get too picky.

Most of them offer teacher training and free certification, so teaching in Shijiazhuang could be the right career move for a debutant!

What is expected from a teacher?

No matter who your students are, it’s important to make the classes entertaining: introduce learners to a few games, make them sing, draw, do some role-playing. Watching cartoons is also very popular and useful. Teachers can usually get audio and video materials at the school, so you won’t need to spend too much time inventing something.

Is it possible to teach adults in Shijiazhuang?

It sure is! Nowadays, there are hundreds of adult students, willing to brush up on their language skills or start learning, because it’s good for their careers. Business English courses and conversation clubs are very popular in the city.

Work in Shijiazhuang as an English teacher
Vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Shijiazhuang

What is the typical schedule like?

All foreign employees are expected to work 5 days a week (unless it’s a part-time job).

Depending on the employer, the schedule may differ: public school jobs in Shijiazhuang usually have days off on Saturday-Sunday, while language courses need teachers throughout the weekend (because that’s when adult students have free time).

Although at state schools you’ll have to handle huge classes of about 50 children at once, one of the main advantages is being able to finish early.

It’s one of the rare TEFL jobs in Shijiazhuang, where teachers get to start at 8 am and finish by 5 pm, no overtimes or late classes – get ready for evening outings, restaurants, and meetings with Chinese friends.

Speaking of international school Shijiazhuang jobs, there are 2 days off per week, but you can’t possibly expect them to fall on the weekend.

Working hours are more flexible: most classes start after 1 pm or 3 pm, so you won’t have to wake up early. However, you’ll be teaching till 8 pm or even 9 pm daily.

How much can you earn in Shijiazhuang?

For anyone, who is going to teach English in China salary is one of the top questions. It may not seem impressive at first, especially if you come from North America, but in local money, it’s huge and can certainly buy you a decent living.

Depending on the schedule and qualifications, average teaching jobs in Shijiazhuang pay from 11,000 RMB to 14,000 RMB ($1,600 - $2,050.

Top school can offer more, especially to experienced native speakers.

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

  • Teach 5 days/week
  • 40 hours at the office per week: up to 20 teaching hours
  • Students: children or adults
  • 20 students per class at international schools, up to 50 at public schools
  • Lesson planning
  • Use up-to-date materials, audio, and video in class
  • Develop students’ listening and speaking skills
  • Test checking, providing feedback
  • Performing demos, conversation classes
  • Attending school meetings, teacher-parent meetings
Shijiazhuang international school jobs
Teach at a school in Shijiazhuang


Even though apartments are not extremely expensive in the area, ranging between $163 and $350 per month, foreigners teaching English in Shijiazhuang have the advantage of free housing. However, in most cases bills will be on you ($20 - $30 maximum).

  • The school will rent a place for you – all you will have to do is to look at pictures and say which one you prefer. Apartments are Western style and with necessary furniture and equipment.
  • Full assistance finding an apartment in Shijiazhuang: a local agent will help you with the research and all the paperwork.
  • All apartments are located in safe Shijiazhuang neighborhoods, and teachers never complain about neighbors, noise or thefts. Actually, the most criminal area in the city is around the railway station, where there are some pocket thieves, otherwise, it’s pretty safe and peaceful.
  • We make sure, that those who teach at a school in Shijiazhuang always live just a few bus stops/metro stations away from their workplace and not far from tourist attractions.
Free housing for English teacher in Shijiazhuang
Great apartement for ESL teacher in Shijiazhuang

Apply Now to Teach English in Shijiazhuang

If Shijiazhuang seems to be the place for you, don’t lose time and send us an application right away.

What is it like to live in Shijiazhuang?

Want to teach English abroad and explore a dynamic Asian city? Consider the Shijiazhuang city, Hebei province, which is just a couple of hundred kilometers away from Beijing.

Its economy and size have quadrupled since the 1980s, making it one of the fastest growing cities in China.

It’s relatively easy to find a decent position here, especially for someone with experience in TEFL.

Currently, there are over 100 elementary and middle schools, colleges and other institutions, plus 24 renowned training centers, all of which constantly look out for qualified foreigners, offering them ESL teaching jobs in Shijiazhuang with competitive wages.

Teach English in Shijiazhuang City, China

What Makes Shijiazhuang Unique?

  • Population: around 13 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialect
  • Public Transport: international airport, 2 railway stations, bus routes, subway (2 lines + 1 in 2020), taxi
  • Climate: temperate monsoon with hot summers

Shijiazhuang, China’s most promising city, has a lot to offer! It has history, beautiful architecture and traditions, and the modernity with its technology, international companies, high-speed trains, and constant development.

ESL teaching jobs in Shijiazhuang
Shijiazhuang English teaching jobs
Shijiazhuang Art Centre

What are the main perks about living in Shijiazhuang as a foreigner?

Pure Mandarin

If you want to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and practice the language, it’s the right place to be. Most people in the street don’t speak foreign languages, but their Mandarin Chinese is pure, with almost no regional accent.

This makes Shijiazhuang one of the best cities in China to teach English and learn Chinese. Language courses are usually free and provided by the school.

Savory dishes

The Hebei or Ji cuisine is rich and tasty, based on local fish, shrimps and crabs, wild game from the mountains, which are served with soup.

Dishes are usually crispy, tender and slightly sweet. Deep fried prawns, tender chicken breast with vegetables, quick-fried crabs and green bean cakes are among the best dishes, you can find in local restaurants.

Hebei cuisine

Shijiazhuang climate

It’s a typical monsoon-influenced climate, in summer temperatures reach 35 C (95 F) and the weather gets rainy.

Winters tend to be dry and windy, the Siberian anticyclone often brings frost, so you can expect -17 C (1 F) on some cold days.

That’s why it would be a wise decision to buy some really warm clothes and quality boots for this period; otherwise, it’s going to be tough. In autumn and spring (starting mid-March) the Shijiazhuang weather is very enjoyable – warm and not too humid.

Lots to see in free time

If you stay here, you won’t be bored on weekends, because this city has lots of tourist sights.

The picturesque Pilu monastery, the ancient Zhaozhou bridge (probably, the oldest stone construction of the sort in the world) and the Cangyan mountain are some of the most popular places to visit while living in Shijiazhuang.

Numerous grottoes and old villages located nearby are great for a longer trip. Plus, don’t forget about the speed rail, which will get you to Beijing and further to explore the country!

Pilu Hall
Ancient Zhaozhou bridge

Meet new people

Although Shijiazhuang districts may not be the most international ones, and it may be hard to find an English-speaking local, don’t forget, that in such a rich and developed city there is a large group of foreigners you can get to know.

The Shijiazhuang expat community is friendly and diverse, you can frequently meet someone at the Scotland bar or big teahouses. Contacting people on Facebook is also a good idea.

Get hired

Being a large industrial city, it offers different positions with good salary and conditions.

A foreigner can easily find a part-time position at a local school, find students for Skype classes or get a well-paid full-time one with extra bonuses.

There is no shortage of teaching jobs in Shijiazhuang, so choose what you like!

Shijiazhuang teaching jobs