Teach English in Xiamen

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 12,000 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 Xiamen

  1. Kindergartens
  2. Bilingual primary and secondary schools
  3. Language schools

Nowadays English native speakers try to find interesting work that they can combine with traveling, exploring new cultures and receiving multicultural experience.

There are many English teaching jobs in Xiamen with different requirements and responsibilities.

And if you start thinking about teaching English abroad, it is reasonable to pay attention to this location.

Xiamen is a very developed city with all necessities for everyday life, but at the same time, it is one of the most beautiful resorts in China.

So you can work in Xiamen as an English teacher and have the most fabulous holidays in your life.

The next aspect that worries all teachers is about salaries and compensations. But you can be calm about it because an English teacher in China can earn enough money to make a decent living.

For example, salaries for ESL jobs in Xiamen start from 10,000 RMB (1450$) and increase up to 12000 RMB (1750$). But if you are an experienced teacher with TEFL/CELTA certificate and bachelor degree you can increase your income up to 13,000 RMB (2050$).

Obviously, English teaching jobs in Xiamen with such a high salary are more challenging to find and get, but it is possible.

Teaching in kindergartens

The most popular vacancy among all Xiamen English teaching jobs is an English teacher in a kindergarten.

It is really necessary to learn a foreign language from childhood if you want to use it in your work or everyday life.

And, for sure, it is the best option of jobs for students in Xiamen, because kindergartens usually prefer young and passionate teachers that will spend all their energy to communicate with children.

Work in a kindergarten may be a little bit challenging since you will need to hold the discipline and focus children’s attention on a lesson.

But this work may be very interesting at the same time because you will play a lot of games, sing songs in English and answer any questions a child can ask.

Also in Xiamen city, you can find many vacancies in private kindergartens, where there are fewer children in one group and English level may vary.

Montessori kindergartens are becoming very popular, and if you consider teaching English in Xiamen, it may be a great option!

These kindergartens have different curriculum from Chinese public kindergartens and you can really grow as a teacher there.

English teaching jobs in Xiamen
ESL jobs in Xiamen
ESL teaching jobs in Xiamen

Teaching in bilingual schools

Teaching English at a Chinese school may be very interesting for a teacher because your students will be older and have already had knowledge about English basics.

If you choose a job in primary school the age of your students will be 5-11 years old. Or you can select a vacancy in a secondary school in Xiamen, and your students will be teenagers (12-17 years). In both cases, your lessons will be stricter than in kindergarten.

You will need to create or use current teaching program and make sure that all students understand the main subject of the lesson.

International school jobs in Xiamen have many advantages for a teacher.

First of all, your schedule will be very stable: 5 working days per week from 8-9 am and till 5 pm.

Also, you will have 2 free days: Saturday and Sunday, it is very convenient, because you can have a rest at the same time with all other people.

When you teach at a school in Xiamen, you have enough time for rest, going to restaurants or expat bars or working out in the evenings.

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Public school jobs in Xiamen
Jobs for foreigners in Xiamen china

Is it possible to teach adults in Xiamen?

It is one of the most popular questions about ESL teaching jobs in Xiamen, and the answer is yes. You can find work in training centers or language schools if you want to work with adult students.

They are usually more motivated and hardworking because they know exactly what they are learning. It is much easier to find a good job in China or worldwide, if you know English and can use it in your everyday life.

In this case, you will work 5 days per week too, but your free days may be in the middle of a week because usually adult students prefer to take classes in their free time and you will work on weekends.

Also, lessons in training centers typically start in the evening so you will have the opportunity to sleep enough and have time for yourself in the morning.

The essential advantage of working on weekends is that you will have free time when other people work. So you can attend different touristic points and go to the beaches when these places are not overcrowded.

What to expect from your role as an English teacher in Xiamen?

Requirements and benefits may vary for different teaching jobs for foreigners in Xiamen, but here you can find the main of them:

1. 40 working hours per week (20-25 teaching hours)
2. 5/2 (free days may be in the middle of a week)
3. Create curriculum for English lessons
4. Attend teachers every week meetings
5. Check the progress with tests and exams and provide parents and students with results
6. Participation in school/kindergarten activities, create an English corner, etc.
7. From 20 to 50 students in public schools/kindergartens
8. From 5 to 30 in international private schools/kindergartens

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Vacancy for teaching english in primary schools in Xiamen
International school jobs in China


We provide free housing for English teachers in Xiamen, so upon arriving at your workplace you will have free single bedroom apartment.

It is convenient because you can choose where to live checking photos of the different apartments and you don’t need to spend money on rent.

In other cases, your employer will provide you with a monthly allowance, and you can rent an apartment by yourself.

This option has its pros and cons because you can choose any district, but you will need to handle all questions with your landlord by yourself.

One more option is sharing an apartment with your colleague. Many foreign teachers prefer to live with another English teacher from your school because it this case employer provides you with a bigger flat.

In all cases, you will live in a cozy and spacious apartment with modern European or American interior and all features that you need for comfortable living.

Apply Now to Teach English in Xiamen

Get ready with your application today and teach English in Xiamen with one of the best schools in the area.

What is it like to live in Xiamen?

  • Population: 3,531,347 inhabitants
  • Xiamen climate: monsoonal humid subtropical
  • Language: Mandarin and local dialects
  • Transportation system: BTR (bus transit system), 1-line metro (24 stations)

If you decide to teach at a school in Xiamen, you will not only work in an interesting place but also have a great opportunity to relax and enjoy coastal life.

Xiamen is a big and developed city in south-eastern Fujian province; it is a primer seaport and a very popular place for tourism.

In Xiamen city, you can see a really unique combination of an urban city with its industry with exciting nature.

There are many parks, gardens and green zones where you can relax and take your lunch or go for a walk before/after a working day.

Also, Xiamen is a real paradise for shopping, because you can find many shops in huge malls there.

The diversity of products can amaze everyone: from little authentic markets with the best tea in the province, to big shops of popular western brands.

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Xiamen skyscrapers

What Makes Xiamen Unique?

All teachers that have already found preferred vacancy from all TEFL jobs in Xiamen want to know if their salary enough to live with comfort.

For sure, yes, because you will no need to pay expenses for rent!

The average cost of living in Xiamen is pretty cheap, and with your salary and compensation, you can save money for traveling, buy souvenirs and pay for your entertainment.

For example, you can have lunch in a café in the city center only for 52 CNY (7$) or you can have Mac Meal in MacDonald’s for 27 CNY (4$).

Prices in other local fast food are approximately the same as in MacDonald’s.

If you prefer to cook at home, prices for all the products in the supermarket are really cheap: 1 liter of milk costs 14 CNY (2$), 1 kg of boneless chicken breasts – 40 CNY (6$), a loaf of white bread (500g) – 12 CNY (1,7$), bottle of coke – 4 CNY (0,5$).

Monthly public transportation ticket costs 50-60 CNY (7-9$).

Xiamen skyline
Xiamen night city view
Xiamen ESL jobs

Restaurant and bars

Because of the many tourists, you can find plenty of restaurants and bars in Xiamen with different cuisines.

There are many points with traditional Chinese food: fried rice with vegetables and eggs, pork and chicken with sweet chili sauces, many variations of noodles.

But if you feel tired of this spicy cuisine, you can do like many other Xiamen expats and find a restaurant with the kitchen of your country.

There are many places with European and American food, where you can eat something familiar and favorite.

Xiamen cuisine
Xiamen street food

Places to visit

There are many places to visit in your spare time in Xiamen city!

One of the most popular advantages of teaching English abroad is that you have an opportunity to travel and to get familiar with another culture. Xiamen is a really good place to start your career and journey in China.

Is Xiamen safe? Totally yes! This city was ranked as 2-nd most suitable city for living in China in 2006.

So you can be calm about your safety moving to Xiamen. Here you can find:

World's longest elevated cycling path, so if you are into cycling, this city is really best variant for you.

Xiamen Cycling Skyway is 7,6 kilometers in length rises up to 5 meters above!

Xiamen cycling skyway ruijing night panorama
Xiamen panorama view


Gulangyu Island is the very important touristic point, another name of this Island is “Garden of the sea” and it totally deserves your attention.

You can go there to enjoy swimming in the sea, to lie on the beautiful beaches and see ancient architecture around.

If you like religious places, you should visit South Putuo Temple, this Buddhists’ temple is surrounded by the sea and mountains Wulao Peaks.

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful location, so this temple is one of the tourists’ must-see points.

Xiamen City
Xiamen coast view

If you keen in history, you need to see Hulishan Fortress, it guards the Chinese shore for over the century, and now you can easily go there and see it in your own eyes.

There are many other touristic attractions in Xiamen city. You will have so much to do after moving to Xiamen!

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Xiamen travel