By New Life ESL   Reviews (34)   97% Rating

Teach English in China with New Life ESL

By New Life ESL   Reviews (34)   97% Rating

Support. Honesty. Transparency.

This is what makes up the foundation of New Life ESL’s mission. Looking for a reliable teaching position in China is no easy feat. Between scams, visa run arounds, and two-sided contracts, you may not have a solid idea of who to trust when seeking a trustworthy school. From the beginning of your application, we will provide you with proper, clear guidance, and 100% of the information needed to make your transition into the Middle Kingdom as stress-free as possible. New Life ESL is China’s only all-American recruiting agency with years of teaching experience and living experience in China. Let our social media and web reviews be a guide to show you just how satisfied our teachers are.

Locations
Asia › China › Zhengzhou
Length
6-12 Months
1 Year+
Salary / Benefits
Contrary to popular belief, there is no “set” monthly salary for English teachers in China. Offers are strictly based on qualifications, city tier, and individualized contracts tailored specifically for you by your school.
Accommodation
Apartment

Rating Values

  • Benefits
    95%
  • Support
    98%
  • Fun
    91%
  • Facilities
    91%
  • Safety
    99%

Program Reviews (34)

Tyra
Female
22 years old
Jinan, China
University of Texas- Austin

New Life helped me see the World!

Overall
10

“Support. Honesty. Transparency.” That’s New Life ESL’s mission. I’m living proof that they follow and live up to it. From the beginning of my application process, Brendan was with me the whole way explaining contracts, introducing me to new schools and making sure that I was choosing the right school. When I didn’t like one school he found me two more. When I didn’t like those two he found me four more!
However, his “job” didn’t stop there. He generally cares about each of his clients, kind of like an older brother.
When I arrived to Beijing, he met up with me and gave me some more tips about teaching in China. He hooked me up with some phone apps to help find transportation and food. He even gave me my first hongbao (red packet) of wechat money.
Working in China wouldn’t have been easy without New Life ESL and I am grateful for them! My kids are too ;)

How can this program be improved?
Doesn't need to be. It needs more clients, like you who are reading :)!
Mark
Male
31 years old
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northumbria University

An experience money can't buy!

Overall
10

After hearing about the benefits, chance to travel and quality of life teaching English in china. I decided to do an online search. After subscribing to a few mailing lists and sending a few emails. I was contacted by Brendan. I explained that this was just an idea I had and maybe I wouldn't take the plunge and move until maybe a year down the line, or maybe not even at all. This didn't stop Brendan's enthusiasm shining through! Undeterred by my lack of commitment, he still took the time to explain all the different possible options available, we talked about visas, schools, training centres and general life in China as a whole. A year later after a couple of Skype interviews I packed up and arrived in China. I chose to teach in Foshan as I already knew some people who had been working there. I was overjoyed with my new job and life in Foshan. Brendan took the time to get to know about me, then set me up with a great Kindergarten. He then helped me to find an apartment, advised me about opening a bank account here and gave me some great tips about planning and teaching for kindergarten children. This would have been a very daunting and problematic transition to make on my own. New Life ESL took me by the hand, guided me and didn't let go until I felt comfortable in my new life!
They are an amazingly caring, considerate team with outstanding attention to detail.

New Life ESL you rock!

How can this program be improved?
I don't think it can...
Jessica
Female
27 years old
Tulsa
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

NL ESL helped me so much!

Overall
10

My new life began in August 2017 a few months after I found New Life ESL. I originally found them on Instagram after looking for photos of China. Sent them a quick message on IG and Monica replied shortly after.

Then process started quickly and smoothly. Monica arranged a call with me on Skype. There she discussed the process, how New Life would help me, and answered all of my questions.

I interviewed with 4 of New Life’s partner schools, all in different cities. I originally wanted a position in Shanghai but selected a position in Nanjing. Nanjing is much cheaper than Shanghai. Plus it still has a large expat community. And life is easy here.

I want to tell you all that I think the folks at New Life ESL are all great. And they want to help you. That’s their mission. If you are ready to come teach in China then choose NL ESL!

How can this program be improved?
No complaints. They're lovely people. Wish them the best!
Richard
Male
27 years old
Boston
Tufts University

Finally, I'm in China and have no regrets!

Overall
10

I first applied with New Life ESL a couple years ago. Teaching ESL in China was something I had heard mutual contacts had done before in Boston. I had always wanted to travel and it seemed like a fun idea to get out, travel, teach English, and experience China for a year.

Unfortunately a family issue kept me stateside for some extra time but once everything came together, I messaged the NL team on Facebook and got things going!

Monica, Brendan, and Derrick run a great business. These 3 owners answered EVERY question I had about coming to China. Found me a great position at a middle school in Shanghai. They even helped me find a cheap flight to Shanghai! These guys are great and I will forever recommend NL to anyone that wants to teach in China or Asia.

Life in China is perfect. I've been here for a few months, teach 20 hours a week, and even started studying Chinese. This is a really good life. If you ever make it out to Shanghai, be sure to try the soup dumplings. Thanks, New Life!

Jason
Male
38 years old
Oklahoma City
University of Central Oklahoma

Teaching in China is cool

Overall
10

Monica put me in touch with several potential employers in China, and I had a wide range of places throughout China to choose from. I had my choice of working for the public schools, training centers or international schools. The process of moving to China and becoming legal was complicated but I had help every step of the way. Monica at New Life ESL knows them all and helped me to choose the right fit for me! She was able to answer all my questions and provide feedback very quickly despite the time differences from the US and China. Living in Shenzhen is awesome on every level!

Brody
Male
34 years old
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

So happy!

Overall
10

I'm overjoyed with my new job and life in Beijing. Brendan took the time to get to know me and then setup a great school and interview. The help didn't stop there, he helped me find a house, offered suggestions and tips for those new to the area etc. I have to say it would have been very difficult to make this transition on my own but with New Life ESL it was EASY. Truly a dedicated, honest and caring team.

Thank you New Life ESL!

Cameron
Male
28 years old
Chicago
Binghamton University

New Life in Hanzhong

Overall
9

As the title implies, I have begun teaching English in Hanzhong, Shaanxi. I have had a a deep interest in language learning for more than a decade and now it seems surreal that I have the honor of attempting to spark the same passion for learning here in China! I am grateful to New Life ESL for providing me the opportunity to embark on this new career path. I worked with Brendan to get here and, from the beginning, I was impressed with how dedicated he was to guiding me through the process, educating me about important aspects of life in China, and giving me a timetable around which I could smoothly plan my transition. Work with New Life ESL if you want to feel confident about your plans.

Amanda
Female
27 years old
Boulder, Colorado
University of Colorado- Boulder

New Life ESL will make your teaching dreams come true

Overall
10

I applied with New Life in March for a position with an international school position but only just got here in August. I had plenty of time to go through the interview process, secure my Visa, and take care of everything I needed to do back home. Brendan and I talked very frequently. Almost everyday either on Skype, Facebook, email, or WeChat. He answered all my questions and helped me get mentally prepared for my new career in China.

Almost 3 months here and everything has been great! I work at an excellent public school in Guangzhou with a great staff. My kids are great. The food is great. I've made so many new friends from everywhere and I'm even learning Mandarin!

I will recommend New Life ESL to anyone that wants to work with a legit American company going through this process. They still stay in contact with me to this day and I'm thrilled to be part of the team. Thanks New Life!

Gg
Female
35 years old
Colorado

First Time In China! :o)

Overall
9

I've only been here for a little over a month. So far, I've had the opportunity to visit some really nice restaurants, shopping centers, and enjoy the city's greenery. I love being outdoors and the walking to and from the metro (and literally everywhere) is forcing me to finally be able to meet those health goals I kept putting off back home.

None of this would not have been possible without the help of New Life (Thanks Monica!), who helped me to cut corners trying to get here. I'm glad I took the initiative to attempt something I have been wanting to do for some time, but did not know exactly how to make it happen. :o)

Grateful,
~g~

Charlotte
Female
25 years old
Plymouth
University College Plymouth St Mark & St John

Teaching Abroad

Overall
10

A friend of mine has been working in China for the past few years and she told me about Teach English in China New Life (TECNL). I applied through the company and quickly heard back from them. They wanted to get to know me and what I was looking for first. After that they put my in touch with Sea Dragon who asked me for an interview. Sea Dragon were great, a little slow, but they have had sixty new teachers join the company all within 2/3 weeks its not going to be perfect. TECNL have stayed in contact with me through the whole process and once I arrived in China have messaged me a few times to make sure everything is going well.
I would defiantly recommend both TECNL and Sea Dragon for anyone wishing to come out to China to teach.

Kl
Female
32 years old
Berkeley, California
University of California- Berkeley

Fantastic Experience with New Life ESL

Overall
10

If you are applying for a teaching position in China, do yourself a favor and have New Life help find you a job. If you're like me, you are probably doing all your research online - finding positions, reading about what it's like to live overseas and how best to make it all happen. I didn't know anything about the ESL industry and it's difficult to wade through all the garbage on the internet. One website tells you one thing and another will tell you the complete opposite, it's hard to know who and what to rely on.
Because New Life is a small company created by expats who taught overseas, they know the ropes. They will pay attention to you and your needs, and place you with a school they have already vetted. This is very important! Most recruiters in China just want to fill positions, the quality of the schools is not necessarily a high priority.
I worked with Derrick, so friendly and he was consistently available to answer all the questions I had. And I had tons of questions! The transparency of our interactions was refreshing. I landed in an awesome school that cares very much about their employees. I wouldn't work with any other recruiter and highly recommend New Life.

Aleksandra
Female
5 months old
Liverpool
University of Liverpool

Spot On

Overall
9

Hello guys,
I'd seriously recommend this agency. I was recruited by Brendan. All the way through the recruitment process it felt like I was the only person he was dealing with. He always had time for me, he was there when I had even the simplest of questions and he listened. He asked me what I wanted from a job and matched these criteria perfectly with the school I am working in now. When unluckily all my documents got lost in the post (visa+ passport) and I was panicking, he was there, consoling me and presenting my misfortune to the school. I felt like he was completely on my side. I managed to sort out the documentation in due time in the end.
Also, he went out of his way to connect me with the teachers who had already worked in the location of my destination prior to my arrival; in order to erase any doubts I had. Well, I had doubts. The job sounded too good to be true. Having dealt with quite a few agencies and read many horror stories about China I was sceptical at best.
I am here now. I’ve been here for nearly 6 months and I’m still living a dream. My job is perfectly tailored to my needs and wants. Let me tell you a bit about it. I hate waking up in the morning; so he got me a job with afternoon starts. I prefer smaller groups; none of my groups is bigger than 16 kids. I travel to work by a taxi and the school reimburses me. I am treated with an utmost respect. The kids are sweet and loving. I have a lot of free time so I can plan my lessons and create materials for them. My imagination, not time, is my limit. Not once have I been stressed or angry at work. And for that all I get paid a really decent money as for China. Every month, despite having literally lavish meals in the restaurants and getting whatever I fancy, I still manage to save more than I ever could on a bigger salary and a serious budget in the UK.
I consider myself very lucky to have found Brendan. My life is amazing because he took time to listen. Even now, after having found me the job, he periodically checks if everything is OK. He collects reviews about schools from the people he got jobs. This way he can eliminate the dodgy ones. The guy would never put you up with a dishonest employer, he himself warned me about certain malpractices concerning tourist visas.Also,he suggested installing VPN prior to my arrival and even got me a good deal on one. Without that it would have been much more difficult to survive here.
Take it from me; a person who rarely leaves good reviews. Hope to see you here soon. It is a New Life indeed.

Ed
Male
34 years old
Liverpool

Go for it

Overall
10

Firstly, let's be clear. Going to teach overseas, particularly going somewhere with stark cultural differences to your home country, is always going to be a 'roll of the dice' to a certain extent. You need to do your research and choose carefully the people or organisations that are going to be in your corner long after contracts have been signed.

I've had a fair amount of experience with recruiters, both positive and negative (mostly the latter), and I sympathise with those who are keen to just bypass the process completely and go for the direct hire positions. However, if you had the experience I did with New Life, you wouldn't ever consider going it alone again. Good recruiters are rare, but they do exist. You've just found one.

Now, I want to stress that I'm not some fresh-faced graduate straight out of university. I'm a well-qualified linguist. I'm also a skeptic, if not a cynic. My standards are high and I like to give credit when they are met so comprehensively. Believe me, if the opposite was the case, I'd be equally vocal.

Brendan did a great job of tailoring the opportunities he provided to my needs. He didn't try and railroad me down a particular path that was convenient for his workload at the time of my application. This is something you'll develop a sixth sense for when dealing with most other recruiters. Unfortunately, you often have to expect not to be treated as an individual. Let's be frank - in a market as vast as this, you're likely seen as just another warm body with a degree (maybe just a warm body.. maybe just a body, who know?). Not so with New Life. Not in my experience, at least. They listened and applied zero pressure. I honestly got the impression that if they had nothing on their books that they felt was suitable for me as a candidate, they'd have told me so.

They were also able to put me directly in touch with an experienced teacher currently working at the school I am now at, a teacher who was nothing but honest and generous with his time when it came to answering my many questions. This was a teacher who had trod the same path I was about to, not a shill employed to promote the school. All of this I found very encouraging. In hindsight I was right to feel that way.

My accommodation is absolutely fine. Not much more to say. It's not a flat/block owned by the school that all foreign teachers are shoehorned into. It was rented for the purpose, and we (me+girlfriend) had some input into what was being arranged. It's paid for by my employers and is both quiet and spacious. I live less that five minutes walk from my school. My work/life balance and overall quality of life is pretty high in the grand scheme of things.

Our branch principal handles much of our day-to-day needs/requests/queries/confusions. She has been beyond excellent. If all such schools had someone like her at the helm, English teaching would be a lot more popular. Problems, sometimes quite serious ones, were sorted within a matter hours. Pay is never late. Our teaching schedules are generally not messed around with with little or no notice. Perhaps most importantly (for me, anyway), we're allowed to plan our classes off the premises and office hours are absolutely minimal. I'm waiting for some sort of sting in the tail, but it's been many months now, so I can only assume it's not coming.

So, I've no hesitation in recommending New Life. I can't vouch for their work across the board, but I can tell you that my experience has been an overwhelmingly positive one. If we do choose to move on at the end of our contracts, it won't be due to any deficiencies in the school or the recruiters. I can say, however, that New Life will be a likely first port-of-call as and when we next seek employment. If you're in that boat right now, whether just starting out or having been 'around the block' a few times, give these guys a try.

Whoever you go with, I hope you have the best time. Good luck!

Charlotte
Female
26 years old
London
King's College London

ESL Experience

Overall
10

From the get-go, Brendan was on hand a responsive in helping to place me in a teaching job I'm Beijing for the summer.

He listened to what I really wanted and was attentive and conscientious in putting me in touch with a school of my choice.

I cannot reccommend ESL enough, the notorious email spam I got from other recruiters paled in comparison. You get the impression that Brendan really cares where you go and about your experience in China.

Sean
Male
25 years old
Beijing, China
Rutgers University

Made My Dream a Reality

Overall
9

I have always dreamt about teaching abroad and this company made my dream a reality. I wanted something different then teaching English in a traditional classroom with 25-30 students. I was looking for an organization that I could bring my experiences in teaching and help grow the organization. Brandon knew of a school that would be a perfect fit for me! He fascinated introducing me to the company and was there throughout the whole process to help and offer guidance. When I arrived in Beijing, he met me at the airport and brought me to my hotel which to me was above and beyond! He even spent his eveing showing me around Beijing and helping me get acclimated to my new surroundings. I would highly recommend this company for anyone interested in teaching abroad!

Aaron
Male
27 years old
Xi'an, China
William Jewell College

Teaching English in China with New Life ESL

Overall
9

I went through Monica at New Life ESL when my partner and I found our first jobs overseas in China this past fall. We had spoken with recruiters before, and it turned out that some of them were difficult to reach, questionably organized, and willing to say just about anything to secure a deal and move on to the next candidate.
Monica is very experienced and well-informed about what it means to be a teacher in China. She was happy to answer any questions we had throughout the entire process, and worked very diligently to find the best possible match for us in terms of working hours, type of school, and location in China.

Apart from helping kick-start communication with potential employers in China, Monica is also able to advise new travelers to China about bureaucracy, culture, living situations, food, and the Internet.

As an American organization, New Life ESL is especially well-suited to assisting Americans through the particulars of making a long-term stay in China a reality, and I'd recommend them to any westerner ready to trade hemispheres while teaching cool students and learning more about the world first-hand than they ever imagined possible.

Final note: much to its credit, New Life carefully selects its partner schools to ensure certain essential factors (a legal working status - "Z visa," opportunities to speak with current or former teachers prior to making a decision about a school, etc.) are in place and being provided to potential foreign candidates.

New Life personnel are easily reachable through their website, and I recommend that you begin a conversation immediately, if you've ever thought about teaching abroad.

Anastasia
Female
29 years old
Zhangqiu, Shandong province, China
Other

After five years...

Overall
8

My name is Anastasia and I am currently (December 2015) 28 years old.

I had been teaching English as a foreign language for the last five years in my home country, Greece before I came to China. I was a private tutor and my schedule usually consisted of more than six hours per day (including Saturday) of constant teaching in the students' houses. The pay was nothing extraordinary for a country that has the Euro. Add to that the economical crisis that came to Red Alert in the summer of 2015 and leaving was a one-way route in life for me.

Now, I must be honest: my life in Greece was far more comfortable for me than for most of the people in my age. Where they had no future and job hunting was limited to government programs that never paid on time and rarely the total amount, I was sure to have an income which would allow me to pay for my own social life... because I was still living with my parents. And I had no social security, because paying for it would swallow more than 50% of my income.

When the capital controls were imposed during the summer of 2015, I was already in the talks of leaving Greece and going to China to teach. The idea came to be from a friend, who had managed to find a job a year previously. Having already had agreed to teach many students that year, I didn't grab the opportunity immediately; the year was already scheduled for me. But, for the whole school year 2014-2015, I was thinking about it. It was my fifth year of going from house to house with no breaks and no guarantee that my students would even be there when I arrived, because the ballet schedule had changed and the family had forgotten to notify me. Five years of the same routine can take a toll on you. And take a toll on me they did. I longed for something different, even for a little while. The capital controls was the last push and my parents agreed to support me in this decision, even if China was "too far away from home" as they said. It was the ideal time, the golden opportunity that might not appear a second time.

I arrived in Beijing not knowing any Chinese and with a suitcase. Looking back, I don't want to live through the first month again, but also, I know it was worth it. I'm on my fourth month here and I feel secure and comfortable. I have made friends and I have become better in my classes. The totally different educational system of China is gradually being ingrained in my mind and I know that next year I will be a better teacher.

Because I am definitely going to stay for at least another year in China. Maybe even two.

And I know that no matter, I can get a good opportunity because the people in New Life Esl are searching for me. When they first told me "this would be perfect for you!" the cynic in me just shrugged and applied the words to them being what agents usually are: supportive and enthusiastic, so that they will get the money when the job will be done. I went for it out of desperation and longing for something new.

I know now that they know what they are doing and really, they are doing this for me. I haven't paid them anything from my pocket and I would trust them with my future, for their most important qualifications are the ones that should be for any agent worth their salt: knowledge and honesty. They told me that it would be the perfect beginning for me and it was. They told me that the school would get me the working visa and it did.

To the rest of the school year and for many years to come, New Life Esl. I hope we'll continue working together.

~ Anastasia

How can this program be improved?
The agents should provide technical information to the new and unknowing schools about visa. And make clear to the teacher what it is required for it from the beginning. It would have made my first two months here so much easier and less stressful.
John
Male
52 years old
Dalian, China
Other

John in Dalian

Overall
9

My apartment is on the 27th floor, so I have a fabulous view. I make about four times what the average person makes in China, which is not a lot by Western standards, but I do save lots. The hours of teaching that I put in per week are about 25, but the preparation time is minimal: maybe only two. This gives me ample time to do whatever: study, read, explore, etc. The cuisine is great. I tend to have one or two meals at home, and I go out daily for authentic Chinese food--not the deep-fried garbage that North America knows. Going out is also cheap. Where I might spend $10 in Canada for a meal, I would spend two dollars in China for the same. But if you are coming to China, I encourage you to think about air-quality matters. You might look at the article in Wikipedia concerning air quality in China. In terms of air quality, the best regions to teach are in the North-East or the South-East--along the ocean. But even this should not detract you from coming as the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages! Brendan was wonderful: approachable, knowledgeable, concerned, and thorough. My experience with my employer was also first-rate: coming to a foreign land necessarily includes a host of hurdles: healthcare (I recommend that you get your own before you come to China), language, communication (phone and internet), finding accommodations, and many miscellaneous matters. Having someone to guide you through at the beginning is a huge stress reliever. Every day I have to pinch myself: no, John, this is not a dream! You are living the Life of Riley, and having a blast doing so! See my diary of sorts of my first Sunday (it is attached).... (I wrongly stated that the Chinese characters on either side of the cross concerned a political slogan; not at all, they simply say "Merry Christmas"; but the irony is still there, for, not unlike Western society, Chinese society has morphed what is sacred into hall-markish commercialism.)

Zachary
Male
27 years old
Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona State University

Livin the Dream

Overall
10

I just got back from living a year in Jinan, China and I really miss it. I miss the bomb food for cheap prices. I miss the funny Chinese people and the weird and interesting foreign friends I made from countries like South Africa, Italy and Australia. I miss hopping on a train and staying at a hostel in cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai for the weekend. I miss not hearing about Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton everyday.

I am glad a friend suggested I work with New Life ESL. They have been helpful and knowledgeable in the process and found me a good to work for that I can trust.

Tulin
Male
42 years old
Guangzhou, China
Other

amazing people

Overall
10

Hi, my name is Tulin. This is my 3rd year in China and second school placement with New Life Esl. With their support I was not hesitant about such a big change in my life. Monica filled me in with details that helped me a lot before I came here. They were there every step of the way and available any time if I had any questions. My second school that I was placed in Guangzhou was even better and i think I will be here for another few years. I'm so glad that I came to know such cool people as my agent. Love you guys!

karina
Female
29 years old
Domincan Republic
Other

EXCELLENT AGENCY

Overall
10

New Life was more than helpful in helping me find my job in China. I seriously talked to Monica for 1hr then hoped on a plane 10 days later. Brendan was great in helping me find the right job for me too! They introduced me to a wonderful employer who took care of me in everyway. The job was great and the students were awesome! My living arrangments were very nice and i met some awesome people in Beijing. Even though I had nver met them face to face Monica Brendan and I became instant friends. Thats how nice, fun, open and honest they are. They even came to vist me while I was in Beijing and we had a blast. WEa re still in contact today and I highly recommend using New Life to begin your new life in China!

Alex
Male
23 years old
Dalian, China
University of York

Thank you so much!

Overall
10

I could not recommend New Life ESL and Brendan highly enough. They found me an amazing job in Dalian and I am loving every minute of my new life here. While other companies do not treat you as an individual New Life ESL could not be better at this. I could always talk to Brendan and he helped me through every stage of the process from my interview to sorting my visa. This help is really important when moving abroad to somewhere I had never been to before and the New Life ESL team was excellent from start to finish. I had the opportunity to meet up with Brendan in Beijing and I am very glad I did, he has become a friend and I appreciate all the help he gave me. My advice would be if anyone is thinking of teaching in China then do it, and do it through New Life ESL, so you get fantastic help and a fantastic job!

Laura
Female
24 years old
Beijing, China

Life-changing

Overall
10

With the help New-Life China I was able to make true one of my new year's resolutions. I wanted to move to China and work there for at leadt a year. I had a job offer from a language school but after some time I found out I couldnt trust them. So I started looking for other options and came across their website which perfectly described everything in detail. I sent in my application and withing a couple days I got a response. After another couple of days I got interviewed by Brendan. And after a week I already had a job offer to work in Beijing. My employer interviewed me and I completely knew I could trust him straight away. After two weeks I already had a visa and a plane ticket to a life-changing experience. The team of New Life are efficient and genuinly care about their applicants. I felt like I knew these people for years. When I personally met Brendan, I felt I talked to a friend who I hadn't seen in a couple years. The New Life team are people who are not afraid, or lazy to go the extra mile to help you and I am grateful that I found them.

Jessica
Female
23 years old
Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Miami University

Thank You New Life ESL!!

Overall
10

New Life ESL helped me to find an AWESOME teaching job in China, and I highly recommend using them if you are interested in having the time of your life!
I write this from my beautiful apartment in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province. From my window, I can see the school I work for, people walking along the river, and the fruit stand and veggie cart at which I have become a regular. I can hear the calming sounds of the river and the children playing outside as I hang clothes to dry on my balcony. Tomorrow, I will sleep in and go to work in the afternoon. I'll walk the flower-ridden sidewalk and get there early enough to play with the kids before class starts. Next, I'll use the Activ-Board to teach about Art or Drama or Science or World Culture in English. I'll sing songs and play games and facilitate crafts and read stories using lots of body language. The kids will thank me and hug me when class is over. The school has lunch and dinner catered for free for its teachers. After work, I'll linger with the Chinese teachers, talking and laughing about our day. They'll teach me a few more words or phrases in Chinese, and then I'll walk home. I spend my days off relaxing in Nanchang, finding a nearby adventure, or taking the express trains to other cities. I plan my trips to Thailand and Vietnam and the Philippines. I try to find the right way to tell my family back home that I don't think I'll be back after only a year...

Before I came here, I talked with Monica from New Life ESL. I had doubts and she helped me through them. She encouraged me to take this leap and she set me up with the perfect school and city for me. I'm thriving and I'm happy here and it wouldn't have happened without New Life ESL.

How can this program be improved?
New Life ESL usually meets its new teachers when they land in Beijing, and unfortunately our schedules didn't match up in a way where they could meet me. I wish I had been able to meet them in person! Maybe next time I head to Beijing...
Stephen
Male
31 years old
Boca Raton, Florida
Florida State University

China is Epic!

Overall
10

The best decision I've ever made was coming to China. However, it was a hard decision to make. This was because I didn't know what city to work in and I didn't know which jobs were good. That is where New Life ESL really helped me. Brendan works with many different schools and teachers across China. So from his knowledge I was able to find a great job in Qingdao. It's a 2nd tier city but it still has 9 million people and everything a person could need.

My first week here was pretty hectic. Getting all of my paperwork and physicals and of course meeting tons of new people. But I soon settled in and now that I have been here for about 6 months, it really feels like home! It's also nice to have Brendan available for questions all the time! I was actually able to visit him in Beijing and he showed me a great time! I can't stress enough how helpful it was to use an American company like New Life. Just to know they are there to help is a big relief.

The best advice I can give to someone thinking about teaching in China is to just do it! If you have the right people looking out for you, everything will be fine and dandy!

Joshua
Male
41 years old
Jinan, China
University of Minnesota

Great program!

Overall
9

I'm glad I took the leap of faith that I did.  Maybe there are some shady operations out there; who knows.  But New Life ESL isn't one of them.  I was set up with a Z visa, brand new apartment, and a very fair salary and contract.  Of course nothing is perfect, but there is really nothing bad I can think of to say.  The school, "Best Learning" is a pretty solid operation and the little kids are a pleasure to work with.  Everything is on the up and up and I have no complaints to speak of.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing comes to mind at the moment
Hanna-Mari
Female
31 years old
Hefei, China
Other

New Life ESL will take care of you

Overall
9

My experience with New Life has been very positive. The staff will answer all your questions and make sure that everything runs smoothly for you. There are many recruiters in China who don't really care about you and place you in a dodgy school with no support. If you want to avoid that, then contact New Life. They will answer all your questions and you can easily reach them through Skype. Their website is very informative and I would suggest you browse it through first to see if you got what it takes to move overseas and become a teacher.

I can recommend New Life ESL to anyone who is ready for an adventure!

Johannah
Female
23 years old
Beijing Ch, Redding Ca
Other

Life is what you make of it.

Overall
10

Hello everyone!

Feel free to look up my blog, insunflowerfields.blogspot.com -- I will be putting up posts that are catered towards prospective ESL teachers with the label/tag "cometochina" soon, once I have the ability to settle down and get into writing more. :)

New Life ESL is, IMO, an excellent service! They do everything they promise, and they really help you feel like you have people backing you up. After a while I felt so secure, knowing that Americans had looked into who I would work with and knew it was a good job.

So far my experiences have been wonderful, absolutely wonderful. Just like anywhere back home, life is what you make of it here-- I have been here under only a little while and already know that. The way you look at something and how you deal with it will change your happiness level accordingly-- in the end, never be a victim in your own mind. Carpe diem. I have seen these types of people on Youtube, etc, who fail to create their own happiness. With that said, it is possible to get into bad [teaching, living, money] situations-- ask the people at New Life to help you or give you advice if for some reason you experience this. Be kind to everyone, eat everything, take time to rest, enjoy life! :)

This work will be easy for you, if:
1. You love people, esp people the age of your students.
2. You prepare, and you prepare (mentally) to be flexible.
3. You are ready for a different life, but a good life.

It will not be easy if:
1. You are a complainer.
2. You don't like making new relationships/acquaintanceships.
3. You often find it hard to be happy at all.

If you already know you want to come to China, go with New Life and just do it. You will not have any regrets. :)

How can this program be improved?
Making it clear that:
Most schools in China do not hire directly, because it is hard for them to obtain visas. They hire recruitment agencies to do this for them. W/ New Life, you have two: the Chinese agency and New Life itself. This is a positive, not a negative.
(I might have missed this info somehow when I was still in the states- But I learned it when I got here and was surprised.)
Lauren
Female
31 years old
United States

New Life ESL a great group of people

Overall
10

I have almost been In Shenyang China for almost a year now and I have loved every second of it . I would not be here without the help from New Life ESL. They got me the Z visa , and position very quickly. I would recommend New Life ESL to anyone looking for adventure and fun while working!

Casey
Male
23 years old
Phoenix, az
Other

Just finished first contract and will return!!!

Overall
10

New Life ESL provided me with an incredible experience of China. Brendan, Monica, and Derrick are a great team that contacted me weekly for the whole year I was in China.

They presented me with offers in Xiamen, Dalian, Kunming, Shanghai, and Harbin. I had to pass on Shanghai because the Visa process took too long and I chose the Dalian offer because it provided good hours and a high salary for a 2nd tier city.

New Life provided me with a ton of materials to begin studying Mandarin as soon as I arrived and after a few months I found myself speaking with locals which is one of my favorite memories in China. They even provided me with materials to make my classes go by easier and not by as boring. Haha!

New Life ESL will help you with any doubts you may have about coming to China and starting an awesome career that’s rewarding and exciting.

Brendan just wished me a good birthday on Facebook and I finished my contract in January. There’s some love!

How can this program be improved?
Katie
Female
31 years old
Denver, Colorado United States
Colorado State University

My first English teaching job in Beijing

Overall
10

I would highly recommend New Life ESL to whoever wants to teach English in China. Brendan was very helpful and prompt when helping me throughout my year in Beijing. I also had the privilege of meeting Brendan and Monica in Beijing in person! I had a great year teaching in Beijing and I wouldn't trade my experience for anything. I am also looking to teach in southern China this year and Brendan has been more than willing to help me find a school in the next upcoming months. Thank you so much New Life ESL, it was an excellent year in China!!!

J
Male
31 years old
Texas
Sam Houston State University

About new life esl

Overall
9

I was skeptical before making the plunge to come to china, but I'm glad I did. Brendan and Monica set me up with a relatively awesome job for the city I'm in, and they welcomed me as a friend throughout the entire process. Would/have recommend/ed.

How can this program be improved?
More Hotpot
Jaime
Female
23 years old
Suzhou, China
Arizona State University

The real deal! New Life is your go-to!

Overall
10

New Life has been awesome from day one. Reading their blogs and speaking with them was like catching up with an old friend. I had a layover in Beijing and luckily got to hang with them and get the real New Life experience! Being your friend is one thing, but being professional is another, and they went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable and prepare me as much as possible. Thanks again, guys!

Matt
Male
23 years old
Beijing
University of Texas- Austin

The BEST Recruiters In China!

Overall
10

I was a little scared to use a recruiter after all the negative stuff I've read online, but New Life ESL took better care of me than I could have ever imagined. I got a great job in Beijing and the free housing I was promised is in a convenient location and has great amenities. If you're thinking about coming over to China, don't hesitate to use New Life ESL. They'll take great care of you as well.

About The Provider

New Life ESL is the only American recruiting company placing YOU at a great school in China. By teachers, for teachers, we're here with you every step of the way to make sure your New Life in China is a great experience!!

Being teachers in China ourselves, we definitely know how to help you review a contract, provide you with steps to help you get your Visa in your home country, and we'll even help you when you're here. Once you're here we'll provide you with teaching assistance such as lesson planning and even get you started on studying Mandarin.

Apply today and we'll get you ready for your New Life in China!!