Teach English in Yanjiao

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 15,000 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 Yanjiao

  • Kindergartens
  • Public schools
  • English centers

Being a small Chinese town, the diversity of teaching options in Yanjiao isn’t very impressive – they are quite typical.

As usual, public school jobs in Yanjiao are among the most numerous and qualified foreign teachers are in high demand.

Some schools look for specific candidates with additional skills like music/singing or drama education because these are extremely useful in class with 3-10 year-olds.

Additional certification, training, and skills are an advantage when it comes to kids because schools want to hire the best teachers and maybe make them stay for a few years, offering bonuses and promotion possibilities.

“Is it possible to teach adults in Yanjiao?” you might ask. Sure!

If you happen to be interested in this kind of learners and/or have worked with them before, mention it in your resume and cover letter.

Although it’s difficult to focus on one specific age group, teaching English as a foreign language China, we can totally arrange that if you want.

In fact, you are not expected to be an overachiever in order to find a well-paid position: you can start without prior experience or even a TEFL certification.

Although, remember, that you’ve got to possess a university diploma, since teaching English in China without a degree is impossible in most provinces and makes it difficult to get a visa.

What schedule to expect?

Looking for work in Yanjiao as an English teacher, you should choose between two main options: a public school and a private training center. This will affect your schedule.

At state schools, foreigners normally work from 8 am or 7 am till 5 pm with two hours of lunch break. Weekends are all yours! Plus extra days off for traveling every year.

However, if you opt for an international language center, your workweek will be different.

There will be 2 days off every week, but they won’t fall on Saturday and Sunday – you’ll probably have to work on weekends.

With Yanjiao international school jobs you are also expected to work late hours (till 9 pm), but there will be no morning classes at all.

Most of them start in the afternoon, so you’ll be able to get more sleep.

How much can you earn in Yanjiao?

Typically, wages are not extraordinary in smaller Chinese towns, but since the cost of living in Yanjiao is relatively low, you can afford a lot more in comparison.

Teaching English in Yanjiao can earn you a great living with $2,200 monthly.

Private classes and overtime teaching might make it $3,000, depending on your abilities, enthusiasm, and energy.

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

  • Teach schoolchildren/adults
  • Class size: from 20 to 50 students
  • 5 days/week, 2 days off
  • Up to 30 working hours + a few office hours
  • Teaching English at a Chinese school using a modern approach and technology
  • Enhance communication in class
  • Develop spoken and written English
  • Check tests
  • Provide feedback
  • Perform ordinary lessons, demos, and conversation clubs
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Being among the cheapest towns in China, it still offers free housing and other bonuses.

This makes living in Yanjiao as a foreigner an enjoyable experience if you are thinking of a quiet and peaceful place not far from the capital.

Applying for English teaching jobs in Yanjiao, you get:

  • Fully equipped Western style apartment.
  • Professional assistance in finding an apartment in Yanjiao: an estate agent will share pictures of available accommodation with you and discuss details.
  • All places are located close to the school and commercial areas.
  • Teachers are offered to live in safe Yanjiao districts

Most employers cover 100% of rent, but utilities (up to $57 per month) will be on you.

Free housing for English teacher in Yanjiao
Great appartement for ESL teacher in Yanjiao

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What is it like to live in Yanjiao?

Looking for Yanjiao English teaching jobs? Great choice: this small Hebei city is constantly growing and developing for the last few years.

Yanjiao jobs for foreigners might not be very diverse, but if you are into education, you’ll surely find something decent, because ESL teachers – both native and non-native ones are valued and needed here.

There are currently around 117 different elementary and middle schools and kindergartens, in want of English speakers willing to teach. There are a few international schools, too.

If you are not afraid of commuting and feel ready to explore life outside Yanjiao, China has lots to offer, like part-time jobs in bigger cities in the province or even positions are top schools in the capital.

Teaching English in Yanjiao

What Makes Yanjiao Unique?

  • Population: under 1 million
  • Language: Mandarin+local dialect
  • Public transport: buses, subway, taxi
  • Climate: warm temperate

Most travelers hardly ever heard of the Yanjiao city, even though it’s one of the most dynamic towns in China: its population has grown from 30,000 to 700,000 people in just 10 years.

Today many Beijing employees, who don’t possess a local hukou, can’t buy property within the capital.

They move to Yanjiao and settle there, so it’s considered one of its suburbs, situated 1 hour away.

Why coming here is a good idea?

Reduced cost of living

Many people actually prefer Yanjiao neighborhoods to the hustle and bustle of more important Chinese cities.

Currently, around 300,000 people, living in Yanjiao, commute between office and home every day.

Some of them are foreign teachers, who can benefit from cheap food and services while earning a good salary.

Prices are at least 50% lower than in the capital. You can afford a lot with $300 here, plus you can put by significant amounts every month.

Social life

Although the city is small, the Yanjiao expat community is quite developed here: you can meet people at tea houses, cinemas or on the bus to Beijing.

Foreigners sometimes organize parties and get together, so it’s easy to make new friends if you go out often enough.

There is an impressive quantity of Chinese restaurants, bars, and tea houses, but there is almost nowhere to order Western food.

Here you can try some Hebei specialties and Beijing dishes like the famous lion-shaped fish, tofu jelly or quick-boiled tripes.

Don’t forget about the delicious eight-treasure golden rice dessert and almond porridge, if you like sweet dishes.

Yanjiao climate

Hot and rainy summers, cool and snowy winters are two things, that characterize it best.

Normally the temperature goes up to 28...32 C (82...89.6 F) in July and rarely goes below 3 C (37.4 F) in January, which is the coldest month.

The air quality is not extraordinary, but quite tolerable, compared to the heart of Beijing. Air purifiers and masks are a must, especially in winter!


Although there is no particular cultural life, you still have plenty of places to go to during your free time, since the area is quite green, with river banks and parks, ideal for evening walks.

There are shops, cinemas, bars, and restaurants with modern design and traditional cuisine. Plus, teaching in Yanjiao you can take a bus and spend a weekend in the capital.

Interested in traveling? 

Take a train or a plane from Beijing and visit other parts of the country.

Unfortunately, you can’t go directly from Yanjiao, because it doesn’t have any stations.