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I can’t speak chinese, will it be a big problem living in china?

Yes, you can!

You don’t need to be fluent in Chinese to teach English in China. In fact, you should only speak English in the classroom. The schools hire you to teach and interact with the students in English. As for your private life, most cities display public information in both Chinese and English. Restaurants often have menus in both languages, sometimes there is even pictures of the dishes.

Obviously, basic understanding of Chinese will make your life a lot easier. It helps to memorise or write down the name of your favourite food, places and addresses you like to see and simple phrases like “hello” and “thank you”. 

Pioneer & Beyond is currently working on a project to offer free Mandarin lessons to all teachers. We will keep you updated!

Are there any expenses as part of the recruitment process that i have to be concerned about?

No, our service is completely free of charge. We do ask for a £200 deposit when you sign your contract. This will be returned to you in full after you start your assignment (within 10 working days).

However, there is an upfront cost to consider when relocating to teach English in China. Find out more here!


Will I earn enough to cover my living expenses?

The education sector offers a relatively competitive salary that permits you to have a good standard of living in China. Teachers find that their monthly salary gives them both great spending power in China and the opportunity to save up to 30% of the earnings each month. To gain a better understanding of the cost of living, check out our blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: Cost of Living.”


What am I to expect from my living conditions?

Some of our schools will provide you with free lodgings and others will pay you a higher salary or housing allowance and help you find suitable accommodation. All lodgings are fully furnished and to a Western standard.


What is the process of obtaining a full visa?

The school will obtain all the necessary documents needed to obtain a work (Z) visa which is required to teach English in China. The documents will then be sent to you. Thereafter, you will need to complete the visa application form and send it to the Chinese Embassy.

Check out our visa guides here!


Who will pay for my travel expenses ?

Most schools will offer a flight allowance, thereafter, they will reimburse your flight costs which will be an agreed amount over a period of time. The normal procedure is that the flight allowance is paid after 6 months of work and the other half after 12 months although some schools will pay for your flight ticket upfront.


Will I need any vaccinations before going to china?

There are no mandatory vaccinations for individuals travelling to China.

Recommended vaccines for most travellers visiting China:

·         Hepatitis A

·         Tetanus

Notes on the diseases mentioned above:

·         Hepatitis A:  spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the faecal-oral route. Risk is higher where personal hygiene and sanitation are poor.

·         Hepatitis B:  spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse. Risk is higher for those at occupational risk, long stays or frequent travel, children (exposed through cuts and scratches) and individuals who may need, or request, surgical procedures abroad.

·         Tetanus: caused by a toxin released from Clostridium tetani and occurs worldwide. Tetanus bacteria are present in soil and manure and may be introduced through open wounds such as a puncture wound, burn or scratch. Prevention, Travellers should thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention.

For UK residents: more information here!

The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:

·         diphtheria, polioand tetanus (combined booster)

·         typhoid.

·         hepatitis A– including when combined with typhoid or hepatitis B.

·         cholera.

For more information:

·         https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/49/china#Vaccine_recommendations

·         http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-east/china

The education sector offers a relatively competitive salary that permits you to have a good standard of living in China. Teachers find that their monthly salary gives them both great spending power in China and the opportunity to save up to 30% of the earnings each month. To gain a better understanding of the cost of living, check out our blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: Cost of Living.”


Can I apply for the job if I am not a native speaker (such as Spanish ,Italian)?

Yes,Some international schools offer the Spanish course ,they are demand for the Spanish teacher,you can apply for the job.

Will the school buy insurance for the employee?

Yes,The shool will buy social security including health insurance for the employee according to chines law.

Can I take my children?

Yes,you can bring your accompanying family, accompanying family members including spouse, 

Children below the age of 18,parents and spouse's parents.You have provide the documents including  the accompanying family passport (or country)Information document,certificate of kinship(spouse-marriage Certificate, child birth certificate or adoption certificate, parent or spouse's parents - applicant's birth certificate  or marriage certificate or notary certificate), medical report (over 18 years old)Above family members above 18 years old) and digital photos

What happens if I get sick?

The school will provide a representative that will assist you in matters of ill health, as they will help you deal with the health system in China. In addition, most of our schools will provide health insurance.

Read more about the health care in China, here!

Do I need experience to work as a teacher in china?

You do not need any teaching experience, although it is great if you do have previously worked as a teacher. Regardless, all teachers receive training during their first few weeks on the job. 

Do I need to bring any money to survive the first month in china?

It’s difficult to give an exact amount as it depends on the lifestyle you lead. Do you see yourself cooking dinner at home every night? If so, you won’t need much. If you instead see yourself eating out at restaurants serving western food, you will need some extra pocket money. You can check the minimum wage for the city/province you are moving to and bring at least that amount with you to survive the first month. Have a look! 

For a better understanding of the costs involved, check out our blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: Cost of Living.” and the upfront cost.

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