Teach English in Wuxi

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:
    Year-round
  • 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 Wuxi

  • Public schools
  • International courses
  • Summer contracts at language centers

As anywhere else in China, teaching jobs for foreigners in Wuxi are mainly about working with young learners 6 to 16 years old.

This normally requires creativity from the mentor, because younger students (up to 12 years old) tend to be distracted easily, so you have to try hard to keep their attention fixed, make them remember things and be productive.

Games, interactive exercises with a whiteboard, involving drawing, singing and making projects in groups are the best ways to succeed.

But is it possible to teach adults in Wuxi?

Yes, it is! There are usually more positions for children teaching, but adult students are present as well, especially in business English courses.

In this case, the person teaching English as a second or foreign language needs to be confident, culturally aware and focused on the actual goals of the learners, because most of them don’t just learn English for fun – they need it for work.

However, adult classes are not all about seriousness and concentration – there is always a place for a good laugh, videos, and games.

A typical schedule for ESL jobs in Wuxi

The place you choose to work in Wuxi as an English teacher is not entirely about the kind of students you prefer, but will also define your schedule, as it won’t be similar at a public school and a training center.

Adults tend to enroll in evening classes and weekend courses, while you get to teach schoolchildren at public schools from 8 am to 5 pm.

Days off usually occur on workdays at training centers, while teaching English at a Chinese school, you’ll have them on the weekend, which is more convenient for many of us.

How much you earn teaching in Wuxi

Salaries may differ as well: they tend to be higher at private institutions, where you are likely to obtain bonuses and extra money.

The average salary in Wuxi is around 10,000 RMB, but foreign professionals provided they have expected qualifications and language level, can earn between 11,000 RMB and 13,000 RMB ($1,600$1,900).

Top foreigners with certification and prior experience, now teaching English in Wuxi get 14,000 RMB, which equals $2,050!

If you don’t want to sign a full-time contract with a school and want to see first, there are less well-paid jobs with more freedom and flexibility – summer contracts.

This type of teaching English abroad programs lets you come to work in China for a few months, discover the city and decide whether you want to prolongate your contract.

These usually don’t offer most of the perks like free accommodation or performance bonuses but reimburse your flight tickets and all visa-related expenses.

In this case, you’ll be getting 6,500 – 7,000 RMB ($950 – $1,050) per month, which is a very average salary for teaching English abroad.

Teach at a school in Wuxi
ESL public school jobs in Wuxi

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

  • Teach 5 days a week, 20 – 30 hours in total
  • Up to 9 prep hours
  • Teach 8 – 20 students in the class
  • Outline lessons and courses
  • Prepare demos and conversation clubs
  • At some Wuxi English teaching jobs, employees need to perform Outside location classes with an increased number of students
  • Use video, and audio
  • Enhance speaking, introduce fun activities
  • Check homework, provide feedback
  • Interview new students, check placement tests
  • Attend school meetings
Wuxi teaching jobs
Wuxi English teaching jobs
Jobs for foreigners in Wuxi

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.
Free housing for English teacher in Wuxi
Great apartment for ESL teacher in Wuxi

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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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