• China
    • Fuzhou
    • Xiamen
    • Shenzhen
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood

Program Details

  • Bachelors degree or higher
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood
Weekly Classroom Hours
Age Min.


Salary / Benefits
Sounds good? York offers a package which includes:
• A first year salary of 10,000 RMB – 15,500 RMB per month depending on experience or location
• Free shared accommodation or a housing allowance of 2,000-4,000 RMB per month depending on location
• Flight reimbursement of 8,000 RMB
• A total of roughly six weeks paid vacation including all Chinese public holidays, Christmas, an end of summer break, and two weeks personal leave
• A working visa, fully sponsored by York and reimbursed too (worth over 5,000RMB on average)
• 2 levels of medical insurance, premiums paid for by the school
• Airport pick ups and drop offs
• Free Chinese Lessons
• Optional start-up loan of 5,000RMB when you arrive
• Our students are aged 3-16 years old and class sizes are limited to a maximum of 16
• We teach an average of 16 teaching hours a week, leaving you lots of free time to enjoy your hobbies
• Opportunities for advancement as our school grows
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare SIM cards Transportation Visa
What's Not Included
Meals Travel Insurance Wifi
Dec 18, 2020
Jan 16, 2020
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About Program

At York English, we believe that caring for our students means caring for our teachers. The best way for our students to succeed at learning English is if their teachers are passionate, motivated and most importantly prepared. So whether you're new to ESL or have been teaching for a number of years we're confident we can make you a better teacher. Our comprehensive orientation, training and ongoing professional development are at the core of our program.

What we do is more than just teaching, however. With a fantastic community, you can have the experience of a lifetime with us. You can travel, save money and share the experience with like-minded people. With over 100 teachers across our schools, there's always something fun going on and amazing people to share it with.

Come and join us and see why York English is a great school to work for!

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Program Highlights

  • A vibrant community of international teachers
  • Superb training and professional development
  • An authentic experience in real China
  • An adventure in one of the worlds most exciting countries
  • Opportunities for growth and learning new skills

Program Reviews

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  • Benefits 4.8
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.9
  • Facilities 4.9
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program


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.

38 people found this review helpful.
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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!
38 people found this review helpful.
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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!
44 people found this review helpful.
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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.
42 people found this review helpful.
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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.
40 people found this review helpful.
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A Great Place to Work

For me, working for York English gave me a great combination of enjoying living in a different country with an excellent level of support and help, meeting people from all over the world who have become friends for life, and professional development. I look back on my time with York really fondly and have been able to use all of the skills I learned in my future career.

I moved out there with my girlfriend and friend, and we found the experience worked really well as a small group. Within a few weeks of being in China we had made really close friends who we loved working with.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Being a terrible singer, I was surprised to find myself on stage at a local kindergarten's graduation celebration, singing my heart out with some of our staff and students. This experience was indicative of my entire time working for York English in that you often find yourself in strange or unfamiliar situations, then immediately feel a sense of pride when you do a good job. I got a huge amount of satisfaction working for them.
41 people found this review helpful.
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One of the best experiences I've ever had

Working with York English was one of the best experiences I could have wished for. When I first applied for the job with my partner we thought this will just be another teaching experience in China, we'll be there for a year, we'll move on. It turned out to be so much more than that.

In our first days and weeks we were so well looked after by the school. We got a lot of pre-arrival advice (all really professional and useful), we got picked up at the airport and there was a huge apartment close to our school waiting for us, furnished with everything we needed. In the school we were taken through a very in-depth training and orientation programme for our first 2 weeks. We learned about the teaching philosophy of the school, the curriculum, the policies and we met the teaching and TA team. Everyone was lovely, including the students who I fell in love with right away.

Over the next few months my teaching developed so much. I had tons of feedback from my Academic Coordinator and Tom, the education director. There's a feel feeling at York that there's no such thing as the perfect teacher and we should all try to develop as educators. I still feel that way about teaching now. We were also making lots of friends with our people in Fuzhou while this was going on. Going out to explore and have fun on weekends, taking day trips and exploring, making holiday plans.

One of the best things about York is the opportunity to develop your skills. So after a few months I made a step up to being a Senior Teacher. In this role I was able to help train and mentor the new teachers who joined York and get more involved in shaping the schools teaching philosophy. Being able to contribute to more than just the students lives is an amazing feeling and is something I'll always cherish about York.

The students though are my proudest achievement at York. They are so loving and keen-to-learn. They really enjoy the small class sizes and getting to know their teachers. I will never forget some of the amazing children I taught at York!

What would you improve about this program?
York English grew a lot while I was there and it's grown even more since. I think it's really important York keeps the sense of community it had when I was there although judging by the things they post on Facebook and Instagram I think they're doing a good job.
39 people found this review helpful.
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An incredible school that will always have a special place in my heart

This school is the reason I have so many amazing memories to look back on each day. If I could, I would return in the drop of a hat.

The friends, the staff, the children, the cities, the food, the cost of living, the benefits you receive for working with them are absolutely amazing and all of these things just seem to get better and better each year.

From the moment you get in touch with York to the moment you leave (hopefully you won't ever leave!) you are treated professionally and receive so much support.

Language barrier isn't an issue as there are so many opportunities for language exchanges or Chinese lessons.

I 100%would recommend this school if you are thinking of teaching in China!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind and a bag of resilience. Work hard, make friends, indulge in culture and the language and don't give up at the first hurdel!
39 people found this review helpful.

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