This program is a great opportunity for global teaching experience to enhance your career, while getting paid a cash stipend.
4, 6 or 8 weeks.
Not included. Teachers enter on a Tourist visa.
May 30 to June 29
May 30 to July 15
May 30 to July 27
July 15-August 15
July 15- August 31
The fee you pay to teach in China this summer goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit company, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers your costs of accommodation during your entire program as well as orientation. It also covers our costs of placing you on the program in a screened school. The fee helps our non-profit to provide your accommodation, meals, insurance, pre-departure & in-country support. We provide 24/7 emergency service, manned by real people. We update our tutor materials and tutoring aids constantly and provide a real ESL Teacher who is here via email to give you personalized assistance if you feel you need ideas. 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 can be deducted as a charitable donation.
Four Weeks (May 30 to June 29) -or- (July 15 to August 15)
Six Weeks (May 30 to July 15) -or- (July 15 to August 31)
Eight Weeks (May 30 to July 27)
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
Be certain you pack to bring with you:
Yes! It is more difficult to place friends and couples in the same school. While we do have friends who come to China together, we are able to place them near one another but we can’t guarantee that.
You may submit your preferences for teaching location, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to honor your request. Summer paid teaching assignments are difficult to find due to the shortened time you will be in China and impacting the students.
Yes, a staff member will pick you up from the airport as long as you arrive anytime before 7 PM the day before orientation begins. If you are unable to arrive within this time frame, you will be responsible for your transportation from the airport.
You will have assistance arranging your transportation and travel plans by bus or train to your placement.
Yes! Housing is included in your program fee.
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.
Likely. The apartments provided are 2 and 3 bedrooms with a kitchen, living room and western bathroom.
Beds and other furnishings are provided, but bedding is not. You can either bring your own, or buy some in China to save space in your luggage.
When possible, GeoVisions will provide you with information in advance of your departure from your home country.
The length of your initial contract is 4, 6 or 8 weeks.
Ages 3-5 or possibly 6-15 if you’re in a summer language camp or technical school.
Age can often be a deceiving indicator of English ability among Chinese students. For planning purposes, we recommend preparing your expectations for lower ability students ranging from elementary to advanced beginner.
Some private primary schools will have Chinese co-teachers, but it is best not to expect a co-teacher – you will likely be leading your class on your own.
The maximum will be 50 but the average will be 20-35 students.
The contract will state that you need to be at the school from 7am until 4pm or 8am to 5pm. Teaching hours will be between 18-24 per week. Many schools might let you leave a reasonable amount of time after your last class (2:30/3:30pm) but that is dependent on the school. Therefore, the contract will read 7am-4pm and 8am-5pm.
Not officially or formally. But for anyone who wants to learn Mandarin, you will find everyone around you more than helpful and encouraging!
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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.
One question we often get is whether it is possible to teach in China with a friend, family member or significant other. The answer is absolutely! Finding placement for two or more people in the same school or area makes the task of job placement more challenging and tends to narrow the placement options, however, if you are open-minded to location and age group, and do not have narrow preferences, we have a very successful track record of placing friends and family if not at the same school, then certainly in the same town.
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.