Teach English in Xiamen

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:
    • 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. 



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.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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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