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At Teach English In China, we want to help you discover China for yourself. If you’re looking for a summer placement or a graduate program, we have something for you. We are dedicated to supporting you before, during and after your time in China, so that you start your adventure feeling confident and prepared.

Our programs range from a 2-week summer programme to a 12 months teaching program. You can choose a program to suit you, for a duration that suits you! China is an incredible country to live in. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel and you’ll get an unparalleled insight into China’s rich culture.

We value the professional development of our teachers. Our programs will help you to gain transferable skills, such as communication and adaptability, improving your employability! What’s more, our network of alumni supports our teachers to find new opportunities when you finish your placement.

Founded
2005
Headquarters

73-81 Southwark Bridge Road
London
SE1 0NQ
United Kingdom

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Reviews

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have taught in China twice now with this company in my summer terms of university. The company allows a really safe and exciting experience to teach and thrive in China. The communication and help provided makes the trip surprisingly relaxing, and the orientation days allow an opportunity to meet other teachers also going on the program!
I decided to go back with the same company as it was so enjoyable the first time. Despite not knowing anyone else either of my times, I made good friends with the other teachers and have an experience I’ll never forget. I intend to travel back to China, and if I do it’ll 100% be with this company, as I know it’s legitimate, safe, and a truly amazing time! I would recommend this to anyone considering travel or teaching!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Really throw yourselves in to all of the opportunities offered, especially by your new Chinese friends (as long as it’s safe!)
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Josh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The whole process was great...the only thing that was somewhat of an issue were the hidden costs that kept reoccurring. It would be better if people were told straight away, rather than when they are too deep into the process to stop. Apart from that though, the whole process was smooth and really enjoyable! Amy was especially brilliant when we got to China but so was Arnold in the build up. The training at the hotel in Beijing was great!!! The hotel (and food) was amazing, the lessons were somewhat informative but definitely helped. The summer camp was really fun! Although the beds weren't particularly comfy and it was had a lot of similarities with a prison...I will never forget it. We were certainly thrown into the deep end but everyone swam, it was great to bond with the kids. I still miss them!!! Oh and one thing which only applies to people in Shanghai with Pacican...because they only do primary schools, it would have been good to know beforehand because I thought I was teaching middle school.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Chicken rings when I thought they were onion rings haha not great signage from the chefs at the summer camp, they did their best!!!
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Retshepisitswe
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've only been in China for a little over two months and I can honestly say that it is one of the best decisions I've made. The language is vastly different from those that I'm used to hearing - I'm from South Africa - but the culture shares a few similarities with those of my own. Primarily, the sense of community. The people are friendly and the sights are breathtaking. Through the Teach English in China I've been able to meet people from various parts of the world who I can now call friends, traveled farther than I'd ever previously dreamed of and, above all, learn skills that have not only helped me in the classroom but beyond. I've learned self-assuredness; I feel more confident in the things I say and do more so than I ever did before. So if you're thinking about coming to China then stop thinking and 'just do it.'

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing that I've eaten so far is called Durian. It is supposedly a fruit and most people describe it as sweet but I have my own opinion on the matter. Having said that, China is not only a great place to expand your horizons but also your palate as well.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lauren Pettit

Job Title
Programme Director
Lauren worked in a primary school in Jinan, Shandong, China for one year. During her time there, she learned some Chinese before returning home to start working for our team.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite memory is on Halloween during my teaching placement. The other foreign teacher at my school and I volunteered to organize an activity day that gave all students at our school the chance to experience games and activities that children would play in our home country. We organized a day filled with games that encouraged students to use English and learn more about this holiday, and it was so much fun. I've kept in touch with my colleagues at the school and found out that since then, they have continued this event for Halloween as it was so popular among both students and staff!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since working for the company, I have learned so much about China and its booming ESL industry. I have had the chance to work on a range of different projects that have helped me to develop a wide skillset. I've gained skills in communicating with people from different backgrounds, problem-solving and online marketing. These have helped me to gain a good understanding of how a small company works.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One of the best stories I've heard is from a homestay programme participant, who ventured from the suburban house she was staying in central Beijing for a day trip.

After a good day out, she confidently headed back to the bus stop and jumped on a bus, only to notice an hour later that she was headed in the completely wrong direction and was in fact on her way to the Great Wall (miles out of town). With little battery left on her phone and no idea where she was, she quickly told her host family, who ordered a taxi to her. Fortunately, she was able to find somewhere to charge her phone, and the taxi soon arrived - she managed to keep a positive attitude throughout this and took the experience in her stride, which is something we try to encourage all our participants to do!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose to go to the Business Homestay Programme, because this programme is so unique and is not one I have seen offered anywhere else. Not only can participants experience the Chinese culture in an extremely immersive way, but they also have the chance to immerse themselves in the business environment of Beijing, creating a network and discovering new opportunities.

This is an excellent opportunity for those who haven't yet decided if they want to remain in China on a longer-term basis to put out the feelers and see what the city may have to offer them professionally. I'm very jealous of the participants in this programme!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Teach English In China is unique in that it is one of the longest-standing companies offering teaching programmes, and unlike some competitors, it remains focused on China.

The team is formed of former ESL teachers in China, meaning there is such a valuable wealth of knowledge ready for newcomers to tap into. The team makes every effort to ensure that participants are happy and well looked after, right up until the time they arrive back home.

I'm proud of the team every time we have an Orientation Day, which happens before the programmes begin. At this time I always see the team come together and share their infectious love for China, which has a positive impact on the participants who always leave smiling.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the biggest factor in being a successful company is customer service. Having a friendly, knowledgeable team who is already ready to assist customers and solve problems is crucial to building and maintaining a solid reputation. The more people that have a good experience with a company, the more they will keep coming back or tell their friends about you. This is something we strive to do at Teach English In China, encouraging participant feedback at every step so that we can continue to improve our services.