Paid Teaching In China

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Overview

Many of us look for an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives. Still others look for an alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path. Teach English in China with GeoVisions, and weave those opportunities into the fabric of your daily life. GeoVisions offers paid teaching positions for university graduates or current classroom teachers looking to share their language and culture while immersing themselves in new communities around the world.

China is an amazing place to teach English and explore a culture that is really just opening its doors to the world! Being paid to teach English in China is a rewarding experience that requires patience and open mindedness.  You are placed in the middle of the world’s oldest civilization; a cultural experience very different from your own. The sights and variety of experiences in China are nearly as vast the the country itself.

Experience China’s traditional festivals, start your mornings with tai chi lessons, devour exotic cuisine, travel through ancient landscapes all the while building your resume of full time teaching.

Fee

$350

Duration

One academic year or one academic semester.

Visa

Visa requirements have changed recently in China.  You need to make your application and submit your materials around 90-days before your intake date to make sure there are no visa issues that would change your arrival date.

Start Dates

The academic year begins in September and runs through July. The second semester runs February through July.

For public schools and universities:

August 31, 2018. (Deadline to process your visa is June 1, 2018)

Arrive February 5, 2019 for 2nd semester. (Deadline to process your visa is November 5, 2018.)

For private training schools:

Arrive at anytime. You will travel to China after your visa is issued.  The same requirements and benefits apply for private training schools.

What's Included

  • Once at your school assignment, each school holds its own orientation on lesson plans, teaching, etc.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in China.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Teaching assignment with a screened school.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival is typically reimbursed by the school.  Once hired by a school, the details of the pick up or reimbursement are provided.
  • Extensive medical, accident and dental insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US citizens.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • For the majority of placements, furnished Western-style apartments are included. You will probably be asked to pay the utilities. For a few schools, the salary may be higher and then would not include housing. In this case, assistance from the school would be available to find a suitable accommodation.
  • Once you receive your school placement you’ll know what the school will provide for airfare. Semester teachers generally qualify for up to 4,000 CNY for airfare and academic year teachers can qualify for up to 8,000 CNY for airfare.

Costs

$350

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The fee you pay to teach in China goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation.  The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in China; assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need to collect for a guaranteed job and the correct visa; and assistance in China during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what really happens. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in China. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people.  You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return … and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees (and even moving costs) can be deducted as a charitable donation.

Paid Teacher Program

This is teaching position in China that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will earn a full time teaching salary.

In-country orientation is included and normally conducted by the host school.

Earn a monthly salary between 6,000 CNY and 12,000 CNY (dependent on location, teaching experience, degree, etc.). That’s twice what a local Chinese teacher earns each month.  Our placements range from Kindergarten to University teaching positions.

Receive furnished housing on top of your salary.  Stay an academic year and receive reimbursement for all of your airfare up to 8,000 CNY.

What's Included

  • Once at your school assignment, each school holds its own orientation on lesson plans, teaching, etc.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in China.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Teaching assignment with a screened school.
  • Airport transfer upon arrival is typically reimbursed by the school.  Once hired by a school, the details of the pick up or reimbursement are provided.
  • Extensive medical, accident and dental insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US citizens.
  • Important documents, including in-depth pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • For the majority of placements, furnished Western-style apartments are included. You will probably be asked to pay the utilities. For a few schools, the salary may be higher and then would not include housing. In this case, assistance from the school would be available to find a suitable accommodation.
  • Once you receive your school placement you’ll know what the school will provide for airfare. Semester teachers generally qualify for up to 4,000 CNY for airfare and academic year teachers can qualify for up to 8,000 CNY for airfare.

What's Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to made informed decisions and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

How does the application process work?

  • To apply, you must complete the online application.
  • Once your application has been submitted, your Operations Coordinator will provide you with a list of documents required for the program. All documents can be attached and uploaded with your supplemental application.
  • We will then submit your completed application to our China office for approval.
  • Within 2 weeks, you’ll know if you’re accepted to the program. You will receive an acceptance letter and we will provide you with more information regarding placements, visas, and training schedules.
  • Next we send you a list of available placements. Rank each school and/or location in order of preference. Our team will work hard to secure your top choice by sending your application to each school for review.
  • After being accepted by a school, your placement will be confirmed and reserved.  If you change your mind about your placement and want to relocate, you are free to discuss this with our team at the orientation.
Fill out the visa forms and submit the required documents. Visa regulations have changed recently in China, taking more time to receive a visa. GeoVisions and our office in China will help make sure you have the required documentation for a successful and timely visa process.

What documents are required to apply?

  • Your completed online application.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • 3 references, their relationship to you and their contact information.
  • Copy of your degree, transcripts, or a letter of expected completion if you haven’t graduated.
  • Resume.
  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Any certificates related to teaching (ex: TEFL/TESOL, First Aid, Teaching Certification, etc)
  • A photo of you, dressed professionally, smiling and with a white background.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • BA/BS degree in any field.
  • Age 21 to 55
  • Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

Can I apply with a friend or spouse?

It is more difficult to place friends and couples in the same school. Since this is a shortened summer placement, we do have friends who do come together and we are able to place them near one another.

Can I teach in the city/province of my choice?

You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request.

GeoVisions places teachers primarily in urban and suburban settings across China. Placements are primarily placed in second-and third-tier cities. GeoVisions places participants in Mandarin-speaking provinces and large cities across China, including but not limited to:

  • Chongqing
  • Shanghai
  • Chengdu
  • Shenyang

Is housing included?

Yes! In addition to a great salary and benefits, your host school will provide a furnished apartment. All you have to do is take care of the utilities.

Can I bring my children?

If agreed upon at the outset, partners, spouses and children can come with you. Basically this is done when 2 of you are teaching at the same school or nearby schools. If this is not agreed upon before you leave your home country, the answer is no.

Can I bring pets?

No!

What is the length of a contract?

The length of your initial contract is a full academic placement. Teachers are welcome to extend their contract for additional semesters.

Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team who’s only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest thank you gift from the school as possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport. You will meet other teachers just like you the day you arrive. Start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We help you with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. In fact, if your placement doesn’t work out, we work to move you to another school or another part of China.

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

Most schools do not impose age restrictions, but there may be a subtle age bias towards younger teachers. However, if you are active, vibrant, energetic and a creative educator who loves being around young people, you will be able to secure a job. A few countries do impose age restrictions set by the government for issuing work visas, but most do not.

Do I need to have TEFL/TESOL certification?

TEFL/TESOL certification is not required to teach in China, but it is highly recommended and preferred by hiring schools.  A TEFL/TESOL certificate will make your application much more competitive, and you could receive a higher salary.  GeoVisions HIGHLY recommends that you obtain a TEFL/TESOL certificate before teaching abroad.

Will I sign a contract and what is the length of the contract?

Yes, you will be required to sign a contract once you are hired. Upon arrival, you will sign the formal, hard copy of the contract of employment. This contract will include your salary.

The length of your initial contract is one semester (4.5 months) unless you chose a full academic placement. Teachers are always welcome to extend their contract for additional semesters.

How does the flight reimbursement work?

Once you receive your school placement you’ll know what the school will provide for airfare.  Semester teachers generally qualify for up to 4,000 CNY for airfare and academic year teachers can qualify for up to 8,000 CNY for airfare.

What are the hours I will be teaching?

You will have a 5-day-work-week with 2 consecutive days off.  Most teachers will have classes 10-15 hours/week.  (This is 12-20 periods/week.  Each period is 45 minutes.)

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Thai since you're now living as a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in Thailand and you're ahead of the game.

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