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York English was started in 2003 with the aim of doing ESL differently than other schools in China. Here at York, the quality of the education we provide matters. We aim to provide students with creative, engaging, and educational lessons that will allow them to develop their language skills in a safe and supportive environment. How do we do this? We believe if our teachers are happy, fulfilled and cared-for then our students will enjoy their learning so much more.

This means giving our teachers the best experience possible in China. From a fantastic community of like-minded individuals, to great training, to incredible travel experiences, this adventure has everything you need. You can experience authentic China while developing your skills, safe in the knowledge that this program will give you plenty of support.

Ready to try something new? Check out our placements starting throughout 2020 and beyond!


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Shenzhen is a huge city! I have just arrived. I haven’t been able to see much yet. Our working hours allow us to sight see on the mornings before work (work 2-8:30) And our work load isn’t stressful. Although we work weekends, there are still events during the week, so it doesn’t feel like we miss out. Overall, Shenzhen has a western vibe, however you still get to experience the day to day Chinese culture. You are able to travel easily in China, as Hong Kong is very close, and Shenzhen has amazing transport links.

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Teach in China; learn more about yourself.

Working at York English in Fuzhou, China was a life changing experience for me both personally and professionally. During my time there I learned more than I ever anticipated and made life long friends. The school itself set you up with outstanding help and support to make sure you are successful, and your fellow teachers are some of the diverse, fun-loving, and dedicated people you will meet. I would recommend York to anyone looking to teach abroad and experience the amazing country of China. Not only will you have an amazing teaching experience (the kids are wonderful and the resources for your classes are world class), but you will get to experience a city and country like no other with your new best friends.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try everything. Don't hold back. Have all of the fun!
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A No-Brainer

My year teaching at York was incredible. Any nerves I had about moving to China instantly vanished upon arrival. The school and its staff are professional, dedicated to their teachers, and go the extra mile to make sure you love your new work environment.

York does a great job of looking after you while you find your feet. There is help every step of the way. From making sure you are happy with your apartment, setting up helpful apps on your phone, showing you around your new town, the list goes on.

I made friends for life and had some truly memorable moments. York is a total no-brainer when looking for employment overseas!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
A common breakfast in China is a filled steam bun and hot soy milk. The buns are straight up delicious but the soy milk is an acquired taste. My first impression was that it tasted a little earthy, but weirdly it became my favourite and go to drink or choice in the morning. Give it a crack!
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A Life-Changing Experience

Without knowing much about China or York, I took a leap of faith and moved to Fuzhou, China. When I arrived at the airport, I was greeted by York staff. The support received was incredible, everything is set up to ensure you are able to live comfortably and succeed during your time in China.

York offered great training and development along the teaching journey. They had resources and workshops that guaranteed creative and fun classes, for you and the students! Regular reviews ensured that I was always on track to be the best teacher I could be.

Apart from professional development, the experience of living in Fuzhou, China was incredible. The life-long friends you make, the food, the cultural differences, and all the travel you can do based from China was really a once in a lifetime experience.

Working as an ESL teacher was an incredible spring-board that landed me in the corporate world of Learning & Development. I believe the training and understanding of teaching that I received at York was paramount to my current success.

More importantly, my forever take-away from York will always be all the incredible people I'm fortunate enough call friends. The travel we did and the adventures we had will always hold a special place in my heart.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every single thing that China has to offer. It's a vast place with so many diverse cultures, foods, landscapes and people. Take time to travel on the weekends, the trains are inexpensive and fast. Make the most of every second you have in China. My biggest regret is not seeing more while I was there.

Also, English isn't very commonly spoken outside of tier one cities. While translation apps are a life saver, be comfortable with the fact that you will have to learn some basic phrases at the very least. Luckily, York offers Chinese classes to get you up to speed in no time!

There will be awkward moments, moments of discomfort, but don't let anything stop you from fully immersing yourself in China life.
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Wholeheartedly recommended

I know from experience how challenging and nerve-wracking it is to try and identify the best opportunities to teach abroad, especially in China. There's a lot of noise in the market and always going to be an element of risk, but I can thoroughly recommend York English for both new and experienced teachers who are looking to come to China.

What sets York English apart is the level and quality of training and support they provide from Day 1. They give you the tools you need to grow as a teacher, develop new skills and gain valuable experience. Not only that, but they provide the ideal environment and foundation for your wider experiences in the country - your travel, socialising and cultural experiences. It's difficult to get the most from time overseas without the fundamentals in place, and this is where York English really excell!

Thoroughly recommended!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
10% less Tsingtao, 100% more Mandarin study!! Also, perhaps learning a bit more Chinese before I arrived.


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Staff Interviews

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

Mike Taylor

Job Title
Recruitment Manager
Mike has worked with York English for over 7 years now. He originally started as a teacher before managing some teachers. He now recruits the best and brightest teachers to join York English in China.
Mike Taylor

What is your favorite travel memory?

I'm spoilt for choice with my experiences of traveling in China and Asia but I think my favourite memory is probably Yangshuo in China. The scenery there is just incredible and there's an amazing chilled vibe in the town.

What makes my memories of Yangshuo even better is that I've been able to visit with some of my closest friends including my (now) wife which makes it so much more special.

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

I have learned an incredible amount since working at York. Even in my first few weeks with York, I learned more about how to teach great classes than I did in the last 18 months with my old school! I think that's a testament to the values we have in our teaching. We don't want our teachers to survive in the classroom, we want you to thrive. No teacher should finish a year of teaching without having learned new things.

This philosophy is central to what we do so we provide lots of training and support throughout your time with us.

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

There have been so many amazing stories over the years of people achieving great things while at York but also going on to achieve amazing things after. We've had teachers who've become fluent in Chinese during their time with us, teachers who've gained so much confidence in their teaching they've pursued a career in it, and of course, teachers who've fallen in love and gotten married.

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

We focus our efforts on just one program, so I'd have to say that one!

Teaching our amazing (and adorable) students in southern China is an experience I would recommend to anyone with a sense of adventure and a desire to do something different and rewarding. Having experienced it personally, it's definitely an experience that changed me for the better.

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

I think the one thing that really sets York English apart is our teaching philosophy and our values. Simply put, we never lose sight of why we exist as a school: to give our students the best education we can and the education they deserve. It's a big responsibility. They've come to us for an English language education and we have to give that to them.

This means we have to support our teachers both inside and outside of the classroom. From great teaching materials to tons of training and professional development, to high-quality accommodation and not forgetting a great community. Because if our teachers are loving this experience, ultimately the students will get so much more from it.

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

Honestly, I think treating people the right way is a huge factor here. Good communication, great compensation, the right working environment, lots of help and support. It's hard to keep great people if you don't have these things. I'm proud to say we do and that's why we have a lot of amazing individuals who've been with us for years.