Teach English in Wuxi

Benefits and requirements

    • Education:
      No bachelor degree 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:
      International kindergartens, language centers, kindergartens, and training centers
    • 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:
      20-25 teaching hours & 15 prep time hours
    • Types of Students:
      Kindergarten education, school children, private students
    • Cost of Living per Month:
      $400-700 USD (2800 - 4900 RMB) depending on your lifestyle, accommodation is free
    • Additional benefits and perks:
      5000 RMB contract completion bonus,
      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
    • Monthly Pay:
      Salary from 9000 up to 16,000 RMB (depends on your qualification, education, skills, , experience, level of English, etc.)
    • Start-up Cost:
      Flight ticket + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary (~$400 USD)
    • Potential to Save or Break-even:
      Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1100 USD/Month depending on your lifestyle
    • Accommodation Benefits:
      We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
    • Flight Reimbursement:
      Flight ticket reimbursement after 6 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 qualification. 

 

Accommodation

Even though rent is pretty cheap in this area, it’s not something to worry about, since most of the jobs for foreigners in Wuxi provide employees with free housing.

This means, that either you get a monthly allowance to pay the rent, or the school offers you a few options and you get to live for free and never think about rent at all.

  • In either case, you can choose an apartment.
  • All options are about the same class: Western style, well situated, with conveniences and furniture.
  • It’s up to you to decide whether you want to share the place, live alone or come to live with your family.
  • Apartments are always situated close to the school in a safe and nice district. It won’t be far from tourist attractions and popular quarters, where you could meet someone from the Wuxi expat community.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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What is it like to live in Wuxi?

Located next to Suzhou, this city in Jiangsu province is known as the ‘mini Shanghai’, because of its evergrowing economy. Actually, it’s among the 50 richest cities in China nowadays.

As the demand for English speakers keeps increasing, there is no shortage of jobs in Wuxi, especially for foreign professionals.

Young adults here are also eager to learn English to get a promotion, so teachers – native and fluent non-native – are highly valued in this city.

Despite not being a huge one, it has over 220 different public and private education institutions like schools and universities, and 63 international language centers.

This means, that getting hired here is not a complicated task, which makes it one of the very best cities in China to teach English. Plus, local salaries are decent, you can easily put something by without having to cut your expenses or live a modest life.

Wuxi aerial view

What Makes Wuxi Unique?

  • Population: 6.3 million
  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Public Transport: domestic airport, train stations, intercity buses, city bus system, subway, taxi
  • Climate: warm and humid with lots of rainfall

Going to teach at a school in Wuxi and want to know what your life will be like?

You won’t be disappointed – the place if amazing! First of all, there are natural wonders all around, so you won’t have to go far to admire beautiful landscapes or get some fresh air away from the city hustle and bustle.

If you feel like you want more of it, you can take a train to one of the biggest cities on the continent, enjoy yourself, and then come back.

Wuxi Taihu Park Edge View
Wuxi central city
The Huishan town in Wuxi, China

Actually, teaching in Wuxi is very entertaining, but if you want more details, here is our list!

Something tasty on your plate

Wuxi is in Jiangsu province, which means, that local cuisine belongs to the Su tradition. It has a soft texture, ingredients match by taste, shape, and color, plus there are lots of soups.

It’s considered refined and healthy, so if you are concerned with what you put in your mouth, local food is the right choice!

Living in Wuxi, you can taste local soy and sugar sauce, a typical ingredient for this cooking style. Whitebait with an omelet, goldfish milky soup, and braised ribs are among the best ones!

Braised short ribs in Wuxi local restaurant

Wuxi climate is worth moving here

Even though in summer it may be difficult to take it without air conditioning, people rarely complain. Foreigners, who are not particularly fond of freezing winters, will totally enjoy the cold season here. Snowfall does not occur every year and melts down very quickly.

Temperatures rarely go below 0 C (32 F) even in January; however, since the Wuxi weather is always pretty humid and rainy, it may seem colder than in reality.

There is around 100 cm (39 in) on precipitation annually, so it’s hard to survive without a pair of rubber boots and an umbrella. Autumn is considered to be the best time of the year along with spring.

Domestic trips

You might not be able to travel abroad directly from the local airport, but you can explore China, which is enough. Plus, such places as Shanghai are only 45 minutes away by train, so if you get tired of the local beauty, living in Wuxi, you can spend an amazing weekend there.

Air quality

While you are in Wuxi, China’s environmental issues won’t bother you, because air pollution rates are extremely low – between excellent and well most of the time.

No masks, no air purifiers, and very small health risks. If you have long-term breathing problems, this might be the ideal city for your lungs.

There are history and culture

Apart from having one of the enormous Buddha statues and the beautiful Yuantouzhu park, there is the Nanchan temple and the Vatican Sacred site. Wuxi city has something for everyone!

The Huishan town and numerous traditional water parks are easily accessible and would totally make your weekend.

Nanchan temple in Wuxi

Nice locals

Whether you are passionate about learning Mandarin or you’d like to skip this part, you’ll easily make friends with the inhabitants of the city.

People here are kind and helpful and can make your adaptation faster if you let them.

Remember, that Wuxi teaching jobs can not only let you earn money, but also offer you a great experience, getting acquainted with the Chinese culture, people and life.

Celebration of Chinese new year in Wuxi
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