Excellent school environments, great team spirit, huge demand for English speakers, and an immensely exciting culture and country in which to live and work – it’s no surprise China is rapidly becoming a popular destination for teachers.
Chinese children are brought up to be courteous and respectful and, as a result, teachers in China have the highest level of public respect according to a survey conducted across 21 major countries. “They are revered” said the British professor who compiled the study. The UK came 10th in the same survey.
Living costs in China are far lower than the UK. An excellently-equipped two-bedroom flat in a prime location such as the Chaoyang district in Beijing (the international sector and Embassy area) can be rented for as little as £400 per month.
With a thriving economy and an increasingly affluent population, China is fast becoming a nation of clean, tidy cities with amazing architecture and buildings, all which have high quality and well-equipped schools and classrooms.
New government policies mean that only native English speakers can teach English in China. Non-native speakers cannot be English teachers, even if they obtain a degree from an English-speaking country.
This means schools and learning centres of all types, from the smallest city kindergarten to the most prestigious state university, are looking to engage native English speakers, giving teachers considerable opportunities across the country – and higher salaries.
We discuss and negotiate with schools on their available positions on behalf of teachers and ensure we attain the best salary packages possible. From bonus structures, to a rent or housing allowance, and even annual flights, we also negotiate a range of additional benefits.
The lifestyles for all citizens in China’s cities have changed dramatically in recent years, and the ex-pat communities now thrive with a buzzing and exciting atmosphere full of opportunities.
One of the best things about teaching in China is the opportunity to travel around the country and visit some of the world’s most iconic structures and landscapes during holiday periods. Travel is cheap compared to European charges and almost every major city has its own airport, making flying the easiest method of getting around. Train travel is fast, comfortable and punctual with bullet-style trains used almost everywhere between major destinations.
Looking to find out a bit more about living in China? Be sure to check out websites like www.shanghaiist.com and www.chengdu-expat.com and get in touch to find out how we can help!