• China
    • Beijing
    • Shanghai
    • Shenzhen
    • Guangzhou
    • Chengdu
    • Shenzhen
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Middle School High School University Students Adults Business

Program Details

  • - Bachelors degree
  • - Passport holder from UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand
  • - Clear criminal background check
Job Type
Teacher Exchange
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Middle School High School University Students Adults Business


Salary / Benefits
Competitive local salary (exact salary is dependent on your qualifications and experience and will be discussed during interview)
What's Included
Some Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers SIM cards Visa
What's Not Included
Some Activities Meals Transportation Travel Insurance
Aug 17, 2023
Oct 19, 2022
42 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

EF English First has vacancies for teaching positions in 60+ cities across China, so if you enjoy the fast pace of cities like Shanghai, or if you'd rather be immersed in the more traditional culture of a smaller city, we have the position for you.

Full arrival support (and beyond!) includes:
•Preparing your legal work visa
•Airport pickup
•Free hotel
•Free Chinese lessons (it is not necessary to speak Chinese to live and work in China)
•Support network of over 2,000 teachers across 60+ cities in China
•Invitations to regular social and cultural events

There’s so much to experience when you live abroad, and EF English First will help you make the most of this great opportunity.

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Program Highlights

  • Free Foundation TEFL sponsorship
  • Ongoing professional development training
  • Compensation package up to 16,400rmb
  • Over 200 schools located in over 60 cities across China

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Program Reviews

4.28 Rating
based on 43 reviews
  • 5 rating 58.14%
  • 4 rating 27.91%
  • 3 rating 2.33%
  • 2 rating 6.98%
  • 1 rating 4.65%
  • Benefits 4.3
  • Support 4.3
  • Fun 4.45
  • Facilities 4.25
  • Safety 4.6
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Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome place to work! Great CPD and opportunities

I started working for EF in 2007. Without any experience in teaching ESL, I was given an opportunity to work for them. At first, I was a little nervous teaching children while living in a new country but the team is amazing! They made me feel welcomed and supported.

The team provides continuous professional development sessions that help me become a better teacher. It's one of the best decisions I made in my life- to fly to China, experience the rich culture, work for EF and teach children. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone.

  • great professional development that will help build your career
  • great experience and you get to experience Chinese culture
  • top-notch company
  • I can't think of any
77 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Way to Start your TEFL Career

Before moving to China with EF I had very little experience in ESL. I was impressed by the support I received in learning to teach ESL as well as make a transition overseas in general. They gave full financial support in areas of TEFL certification, visa costs, training, and travel to my new home. I was able to feel confident in both the position and making a move to somewhere I had never been and knew very little about. EF was a great place to begin my career in International Education!

Furthermore, China was a wonderful place to work and explore and I'm so happy I had the opportunity to call this place home through EF's teaching position abroad. The cost of living and opportunities for exploration made quality of life for an expat in this country hard to beat. Some cities and rural spaces are tough to travel through as there aren't as many English speakers, but it provides for a great opportunity to learn the local language!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
EF is a big company, take advantage of all it has to offer! Whether that is development as a teacher or getting involved in social and cultural activities outside of the work schedule. Being as large of a company as it is in China, there are so many opportunities for networking, enriching expreiences, and building a community abroad.
133 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

EF is a great company to teach in China, especially for new teachers and people moving abroad for the first time. Their staff was really helpful throughout the visa process and made me feel welcome upon arriving in China. Their assistance was great and helped me feel settled in China right away. At work, I had professional training and guidance that helped me feel comfortable as a teacher. I worked in a diverse center with teachers and staff from all over the world and was given the opportunity to be myself inside and outside the classroom. EF is also a massive company with frequent opportunities to develop as both a teacher and professional.

Overall, I would recommend teaching with EF to anyone who wants to experience something new and exciting in a safe and supportive environment.

133 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect opportunity for someone looking to travel while adding to your resume!

I joined EF right out of University because I wanted to live abroad and travel in Asia. The recruitment team was super helpful in the Visa process and we were given proper training when we arrived which was perfect because I hadn't taught before. I got to visit several places in China and three other countries including Cambodia, the Philippines, and Japan in my first year which was what I was looking for. I've made friends from around the world and I was able to travel with them as well. The students were adorable and respectful and I will miss them dearly when I finish teaching. Overall I've enjoyed my time with EF and I'm happy I decided to make the move after I graduated. I planned on staying 1 year but am into my 2nd with no plans on leaving any time soon!

118 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great time teaching

EF made it very easy to come over and teach. The visa process was very easy and I always had help to renew my contract. it was very straight forward. I came over and had a great experience with my recruiter who works for EF. After getting all my documents together I was able to get my Work Visa and came to China and started teaching. There were always fun activities and trips that the company planned for us, they weren't mandatory so we were able to choose which ones to go to. the weekend was pretty free so I was able to organize my own trips. the international community at the school was also very big, and I had friends that came from different places in the world. I have south African, American, Canadian and British colleagues I was able to socialize with during work and after. EF is a fun place to work but also a great place to develop yourself as a teacher and as an international professional.

129 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience about TRT Events

In past few months, I've attended many TRT events, which were wonderful and well-organized. Normally, I will receive the TRT information every month and sign up for it and I will receive more detailed information from organizer. The most impressive one for me is Sip and Paint event, I had a great time of painting, as well as my colleagues from other schools. Before that, I always try to look for the similar workshops to practice my painting skill. Moreover, the environment and the vibe were so relaxing. After taking part in those TRT events, I think I got the chance to meet more friends from other schools and had a great time to communicate with them. Besides, I got more chances to spend my spare time and experience more new stuff. Thanks for TRT events, I always have the chances to achieve my life goals.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I think the most surprising thing that I've done was the baseball event. Before that, I had no ideas about what the baseball really is. Thanks the lovely colleagues from other school, they helped me how to hit the baseball correctly. I can't believe that I could hit the baseball till the end!!!
120 people found this review helpful.
Response from EF English First

Hi Vicki!

Thank you for the positive feedback. We're so glad to hear that you've been enjoying our Teacher Recruitment & Training (TRT) events. These events are a monthly highlight for us and I know that our engagement team spends a lot of time thinking about fun and unique events to help our teachers get together and experience something new.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Support & Community

I've really enjoyed my time with EF. They've helped me at each step of the way, whether it was with getting my visa documents together or with my professional development. The days are often fast-paced, but my Managers really seem to care and offer support whenever possible.

EF has provided me with different opportunities to travel, which is something that I've valued. There have also been a lot of local events to attend, some just for fun and others for career building. It means that there's always something to do. It's been a great transition to life in China, and it's helpful knowing that there's a large network of people to connect with whether it's for travel or help.

I'm a career changer and was unsure of what life would be like in the Teaching sector, but it's really been an amazing adventure and I'm glad I took the leap! It's awesome knowing that the work I do is making a difference in hundreds of lives each year.

117 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

English First Teaching

Coming out of university I didn't know what to do. Thankfully I found English First and was given the opportunity to teach in China. I have been able to grow so much during my time, learning how to live in another country and teach has been an incredible experience.

The onboarding process was second to none and the visa team ensured that everything is done to the highest of standards. I was also given time to learn how to become a teacher, first observing, then co-teaching and finally having more experience teachers observe me and give me developmental points to improve.

After half a year I was moved into a more senior role due to my work ethic, which was another amazing developmental experience. Learning how to mentor new teachers and run trainings for staff is something I can take forward into other areas of my career.

132 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Charles! China visa regulations state that a male must be between the ages of 18-60, while a female's age range is 18-55. Please note, if you would turn one of these ages during the length of your visa, China will not issue the visa. For example, if a man is 59 and his 60th birthday would occur during his year overseas, China would not issue the visa. I hope this information helps. Sincerely...