• China
    • Beijing
    • Shanghai
    • Guangzhou
    • Shenzhen
    • Ningbo
    • Qingdao
    • Hangzhou
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Middle School Pre-School

Program Details

  • Bachelor's Degree
Job Type
Teacher Exchange
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Middle School Pre-School


Salary / Benefits
Salaries will vary according to your job, hours and location, but will typically be in the 10,000 - 18,000 RMB per month range. All our jobs come with furnished housing or a housing allowance

Most jobs offer flight reimbursement, typically paid at the end of your contract. Health insurance is usually included as well. Given the setup of most schools, you'll often find that lunch is free for teachers, too!

While we are very selective with our partnerships, we have jobs in various locations with different employers, make sure to ask our China team about the exact remuneration package offered by the schools for each of the jobs you might apply to.
Price Details
Our programs are always Free!
What's Included
Accommodation Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included
Activities Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards Transportation
Nov 25, 2019
Jun 07, 2016
6 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Teaching jobs in China are increasing in popularity year after year. In fact, China is the fastest growing market for foreign teachers, and this trend is not showing any signs of slowing down.

Footprints is approaching this growth in a different way though. Rather than trying to meet the incredible demand for teachers by working with every school in China, we have identified a select few of the very best options; schools that we trust. Quality over quantity! With the incredible growth currently happening in the English Teaching world of China, there are countless stories of schools hiring without proper z-visa sponsorship, dishonored contracts, poor housing, broken promises, etc. We help you weed-out the bad actors, and help you secure a teaching position in China that you can feel secure in.

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Program Highlights

  • Become part of the fastest growing ESL market in the world!
  • We hire every month and place every month.
  • Assistance with visas. Obtaining a z-visa in China can take be confusing but we do our best to help make sense of the process.
  • Low cost of living, and a trend of increasing salaries. Your salary will make for a good standard of living!
  • Make a career. A teaching job in China is a great step towards other jobs and school management!

Program Reviews

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  • Benefits 4
  • Support 4
  • Fun 3.75
  • Facilities 3.75
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great Opportunity, Great Placement!

I found Footprints through my TEFL Certification provider's (International TEFL Academy) website. I originally applied to an English teaching program in Hong Kong, but after Footprints saw my resume, they immediately suggested I apply to New Pathway education (now part of EIC) in Shanghai instead. Since I was already in Shanghai, this made more sense, and I've had a great experience with New Pathway in all respects.

What would you improve about this program?
Footprints could work to have better relations with their partners' HR departments to ensure timely sending of onboarding materials, but that's difficult to do with Asian companies sometimes.
112 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

First Time In China & Love it

My thoughts about Footprints Recruiting are nothing but positive. I must say Footprints was always on top of my process, very helpful and honest throughout any concerns I had. I have recommended Footprints and talked highly about it to others who are interested in teaching abroad.

My teaching position with Guan Hua Kindergarten in Foshan has been great. I have been here for 3 months and I have enjoyed every minute of it, Everyone is friendly, helpful and informative about any questions I might have. I feel great being here, love the kids, love teaching everyday to these kids that with a smile make my day. Foshan is a lovely city, the language has been a challenge but fun. Is easy to get around by bus and metro to visit Guangzhou or any other city in China. I have met other foreigners that are also teaching at other schools nearby so it has been a heck of an amazing start of journey.

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

Teach with Footprints

Footprints got me a job in China and I had a great time. I worked for a school in Guangzhou. I taught maybe 20 hours a week, worked with great people. I was able to explore the area on the weekends.
The school wasn't perfect, and the contract was quite strict, but I was always paid. Sometimes the paycheque would be a day late, a couple times it was a day early.
I really enjoyed working with young learners, I previously taught in Korea and worked with high school students, but greatly preferred working with young students.

What would you improve about this program?
It was difficult to get Footprints Recruiting on the phone before I left.
113 people found this review helpful.
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No, I don't recommend this program

Footprints Recruiting is a Poor Choice

Footprints is not trustworthy. They promise to place you with responsible schools, but they do nothing to make sure that the schools are actually reputable. Some schools are good, the rest will cheat you either a little or a lot. Good sources for placements are Dave’s ESL Café, Reach To Teach and English First. You deserve a good experience, don’t go with Footprints.

113 people found this review helpful.
Response from Footprints Recruiting

We are very sorry to hear your experience in China was less than pleasant. Footprints is committed to placing great teachers with great schools, and running into issues with schools is unfortunately something that happens from time to time.

Us here at Footprints Recruiting want to stress that we do whatever we can do make sure we don't place teachers in schools that treat their teachers poorly. However, with new schools in China mushrooming all over and with over 6,000 teachers placed by Footprints, unfortunate things may happen. It's unfortunately part of working in a red-hot market with rapid expansion.

It's important to note that the competitors you mention work with the exact same contracts we do, and are in no way worse or better at dealing with situations like this. Dave's ESL Cafe is an important source of applicants for all recruiters, including ourselves. The suggestion made here that Dave's would be "more trustworthy" than any position advertised on the Footprints site is simply false, as all recruiters use it to source applicants.

We encourage all teachers who experience issues with their employer to contact us directly and see what we can do to help. We are always willing to help, but can't always work magic - after all, you signed a contract with the school and we make applicants aware that the agreement is between you and the school only.

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