• China
    • Zhengzhou
    • Xian
    • Tianjin
    • Shenzhen
    • Shanghai
    • Qingdao
    • Ningbo
    • Nanjing
    • Harbin
    • Hangzhou
    • Hainan
    • Guilin
    • Guangzhou
    • Dalian
    • Chengdu
    • Beijing
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Adults Early Childhood High School

Program Details

Classroom Audience
Adults Early Childhood High School


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.
Feb 26, 2020
Dec 13, 2017
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About Program

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.

Program Reviews

4.97 Rating
based on 37 reviews
  • 5 rating 97.3%
  • 4 rating 2.7%
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  • Benefits 5
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.7
  • Facilities 4.75
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program


I couldn’t sleep one night, so I did some research on teaching in China. I came across New Life ESL and contacted Kimmie about making the move. Within a week I had five interviews lined up. A few months later I started at a school in Dalian China. So far it has been an amazing experience. I couldn’t have done it without Kimmie and New Life. She helped me through the entire process. It was so great to have someone I could trust to help me through the process. (As well as someone who had been through the process themselves.) If you are planning on teaching in China, I would highly recommend going through New Life ESL.

35 people found this review helpful.
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Would highly recommend Monica and her team

I can't speak highly enough of the New Life ESL team! Monica was so friendly and helpful right from the second I put in my application, guiding me through the processes step by step and always answering my many (many) emails very quickly! I have been in Wuhan six months now undertaking my first teaching job. Even after getting here, when I've had issues with how my school have been treating me, she has offered to step in and help me out and is always easily contactable via WeChat, not only for work related purposes but as a friend, too!

Really can't recommend this company enough - they will find you a job that suits your individual needs and salary requirements and guide you every step of the way to make your move as seamless as possible

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of any ways right now that this programme could be improved.
32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


What a fantastic company! New Life ESL made it so easy to find job placement and get sorted as I prepared to make a big life change form Melbourne Australia to Shanghai. I would highly recomend getting in touch with them if you are thinking about teaching overseas and making some big life transitions. The experience has been so positive and now I am in Shanghai with my new school and life. Thank you Kimmie from New Life your the best!
Kind regards,

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

New Life helped me see the World!

“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 ;)

What would you improve about this program?
Doesn't need to be. It needs more clients, like you who are reading :)!
32 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

An experience money can't buy!

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!

What would you improve about this program?
I don't think it can...
27 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

NL ESL helped me so much!

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!

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints. They're lovely people. Wish them the best!
34 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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

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!

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

Teaching in China is cool

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!

32 people found this review helpful.

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