Teach English in Zhengzhou

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. 



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.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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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