Teach English in Zhengzhou

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 13,000 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 Zhengzhou

  • Kindergartens
  • Public schools
  • International language centers

Main requirements

That’s where one can find enough jobs for foreigners in Zhengzhou, China. While some schools require extra qualifications like drama experience or hire exclusively native speakers, most of them accept open-minded applicants with good accent and fluent speaking, who want to try something new or practice teaching.

However, don’t forget, that you are not likely to teach English in Zhengzhou with no degree as it is now a government requirement for a work visa, but many foreigners get to teach English abroad without certification alright: most courses and establishments offer free online or on-site TEFL training.

It’s a great chance to get certified and save money, while still getting a fairly paid job with bonuses and all the benefits.

Primary schools

Another advantage is that an average vacancy for teaching English in primary schools in Zhengzhou will offer you almost as much, as a position at an international school, so consider this option, if you want to integrate more in the society, interact with more ordinary Chinese children and contribute to the language teaching methods, used at schools.

For those, who teach English in China, salary is usually on the same level with slight modifications for more expensive regions or cities.

In Henan province, minimum wages are around 7,000 – 8,000 RMB ($1000– $1,160), but a qualified specialist can earn up to 13,000 – 14, 000 RMB ($2,000) per month, which is extraordinary, compared to the amount you’ll be spending on food, shopping, and fun.

Is it possible to teach adults in Zhengzhou? Sure!

But be ready for a slightly different schedule, since adults only have time in the evening and on weekends, so you won’t have days off on Saturday and Sunday, and will have to work till 9 pm.

Your colleagues from public schools normally work Monday-Friday till 4 pm or 5 pm, but wake up earlier to start classes at 8 am.

Teaching english in Zhengzhou
Jobs for students in Zhengzhou, Henan
English teaching jobs in Zhengzhou

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

  • 18-20 classes per week
  • Maximum 10 hours of teaching-related work
  • Public school jobs in Zhengzhou offer exclusively 40-45-minute classes
  • Weekends off/2 fixed days off per week
  • 18-20 students in class at international schools/up to 50 in state institutions
  • Enhance speaking and listening skills
  • Ensure the equal participation of everyone
  • Use modern methods, games and fun activities
  • Use authentic audio and video materials, provided by the school
  • Provide feedback on tests and homework
  • Attend school events and workshops
International school Zhengzhou jobs
Public school jobs in Zhengzhou
Vacancy for teaching english in primary schools in Zhengzhou


Perhaps, one of the main advantages of teaching English as a foreign language in China is free accommodation and low cost of living in general.

Both state and international school Zhengzhou jobs provide comfortable apartments for their foreign employees, which can save you extra dollars every month and let you travel or buy more.

Rent in Zhengzhou is extremely cheap – more than 290% lower, than in Shanghai! This means, that you can easily get a luxurious 2 or 3-bedroom place in the city center for as little as $515 per month.

  • You can live with your family, teaching English at a Chinese school, and your school will pay for a bigger apartment.
  • It is possible to opt for a high-class place and share it with other teachers from abroad or live alone.
  • You don’t have to pay for anything.
  • An agent will send you pictures of suitable places to choose from. All apartments are situated in safe and friendly areas with lots of attractions, shopping centers, supermarkets, and restaurants. The school won’t be too far either.
Free housing for English teacher in Zhengzhou
Free apartment for ESL teacher in Zhengzhou

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What is it like to live in Zhengzhou?

The capital of Henan province has everything you could wish for: pleasant climate, beautiful downtown, ancient monuments, and green spaces. In fact, it used to be the center of Kung Fu arts, so if you are interested in this part of Chinese culture, Zhengzhou might be the right place for you!

It’s easy to find well-paid positions for experienced teachers and first jobs for students in Zhengzhou, Henan, as the number of schools – both international and public – keeps increasing, thanks to the economic development of the region.

Currently, there are 65 training centers and over 220 public education institutions, where qualified mentors of all subjects are needed, especially those, who teach the English language.

The demand for it has grown lately, due to the development of the city and the role of international investors: about 70% of iPhones are manufactured in the Zhengzhou city!

This is why speaking English is a major factor for promotion and career possibilities, so many young adults want to learn the language and make their kids do so.

ESL teaching jobs for foreigners in Zhongyuan Tower in Zhengzhou

What Makes Zhengzhou Unique?

  • Language: Mandarin + local dialects
  • Population: over 10 million
  • Public Transport: airport, 2 major train stations, subway (3 lines), buses, taxi
  • Climate: subtropical with cool and dry winters

Many people abroad wonder where to teach English in China, while the answer is simple – Zhengzhou is the place!

Those, who get work in Zhengzhou as an English teacher never complain, and it’s not only about the low cost of food and rent – it’s the comfort provided, the attitude and the atmosphere.

This city is one of a kind: big enough to offer you all kinds of after work entertainment, full of sightseeing spots, relatively green and clean.

Zhengzhou, China
Zhengzhou Confucian Temple

Cost of living

You see, the truth about teaching English in China is that you can afford a lot with relatively little money: although, your pay is not always extraordinary (unless you are a certified and experienced professional), it’s easy to get a comfortable life with lots of entertainment and trips if you teach at a school in Zhengzhou.

Plus, you’ll put some money by for the future. Normally, you’ll need around $400 or $500 per month, including cheap rent, but since teachers don’t pay for housing, you can live in a luxurious place for nothing at all.

With foreigners’ salaries, saving up to $1000 per month is the norm. Thrifty ones manage to save more by eating out less, but there is no need to do that unless you have some important plans after you finish teaching in Zhengzhou.

A chance to learn the language

As hearing English is rare anywhere outside Beijing and Shanghai, living here you get the chance to learn Mandarin (as you get free classes at the school) and practice it in your daily life.

If you don’t feel like studying, don’t worry, as most menus are dubbed in English and you can always use your smartphone to translate from and into Chinese.

Martial arts’ capital

Visit the Shaolin temple (1 hour away from the city center) to discover the history of Kung Fu and the practices of Chinese monks of the past. This martial art is 1,500 years old, and you can still see young boys training inside the temple.

Zen Buddhism and Kung Fu are two major traditions, so coming here is a unique chance to learn more about them. In fact, if you dream of learning to defend yourself in the Chinese style, you are welcome to any of the specialized schools, while you are living in Zhengzhou.

The most amazing Kung Fu experience in Zhengzhou

Food is truly delicious!

If this city is to be your first Chinese destination, eating out and trying local specialties is a must!

The Kaifeng carp with fried noodles, the Luoyang water banquet soup, and Almond tea soup are among the most famous dishes of the Henan cuisine.

Local style dishes are not very ‘exotic’ to Western taste, so Zhengzhou expats usually eat lots of those. Plus, they are truly delicious, fairly cheap ($7 for 3-course dinner) and copious!


Day trips to ancient cities

Most of the Great Ancient Capitals are located nearby, which is great for weekend trips while you are teaching English in Zhengzhou.

In fact, the seventh one, Beijing, is only 8 hours away (or 2-3 hours by bullet train), so you can get there overnight, for $13 (or $45).

It feels fine

The Zhengzhou climate is one of the reasons, why many foreigners come here: although summers are hot and humid, as everywhere in the South and Central China, the weather is usually very pleasant and you won’t experience any harsh winters.

There is not much precipitation in winter, which makes it tolerable. 220 days per year are frost free.


Along with numerous tourist attractions, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening. Most of the best ones are situated on the Nongke and Weiyi roads.

There is the Century Amusement park for you, as well as the famous Henan Opera and Zhengzhou Opera, where you can enjoy the performance and meet some other employees hired for ESL jobs in Zhengzhou, sharing your passion.

Plus, don’t forget about annual festivals in the city, like the Kung Fu festival in September, the May Rose festival, not to mention the traditional New Year festivities.

Henan Opera performance
Song Mountain