Location
  • China
    • Beijing
    • Shanghai
    • Guangzhou
    • Hangzhou
    • Jinan
    • Chongqing
    • Shenzhen
    • Zhengzhou
Length
26 - 52 weeks
Classroom Audience
Elementary Middle School High School

Program Details

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree or higher
  • Ability to a pass a criminal record check
  • In good health
  • Enthusiastic, outgoing and ready to make a change
Job Type
Government
Classroom Audience
Elementary Middle School High School

Pricing

Salary / Benefits
Salary ranging from 8000 to 18,000 RMB per month
Paid winter vacation in January for around four weeks
120 Hour TEFL Course
Teacher training/Orientation
10 month paid teaching placement in a city of your choice,
Free accommodation/Housing allowance
Group chat with other TFT participants
Starting Price
790
Price Details
£650 programme fee:

What's included?
Online 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course
Orientation and teacher training in country
Organised trip to historical landmarks and monthly meet ups
Full guidance and support throughout the whole process and once in China
Assistance with criminal record check, visa process and authentication of documents
A guaranteed paid placement teaching English in China with a government funded public school
The Fewer Things Survival Guide to China
Private group chat with all applicants
What's Included
Accommodation Some Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

120 Hour TEFL Course, 2 week summer camp in Beijing, a 10 month paid teaching placement in a city of your choice, free accommodation and 12 weeks holiday.

Dec 20, 2023
Nov 02, 2023
29 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

China is our most esteemed graduate program and we've welcomed hundreds of grads out to this amazing country over the years:

💰 - Earn between 8,000 to 20,000 RMB monthly
🏡 - Complimentary living spaces
❄️ - Relish a 4-6 week winter break
✈️ - Round-trip flight reimbursement
📃 - Visa and documentation fee reimbursement (varies by city)

Also, indulge in perks like:

📚 - A comprehensive 120-Hour Advanced TEFL course
🎓 - In-depth instructor induction week
☀️ - Free entry to Beijing Summer Camp (subject to Covid situation)
🤝 - Round-the-clock guidance and backing
🛂 - Full guidance with visa formalities
💼 - A sure-shot paid position in a vetted school
📖 - Your gateway guidebook: The Fewer Things Survival Guide to China
📖 - TFT's Lesson Plan Library

Seize this golden chance to hone your teaching skills in one of the globe’s most captivating nations. Be a part of TFT's award winning China Program in 2024!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At The Fewer Things, our commitment is steadfast: to foster an environment where every individual feels seen and heard. As we navigate opportunities across Asia, we emphasize the importance of understanding and appreciating the distinct narratives and experiences of the BIPOC community. Whether it's teaching, cultural immersion, or volunteering, we ensure that people of color not only have a seat at the table but are also integral to our mission's success. With The Fewer Things, you're not just joining a program — you're becoming part of a community that values diversity at its core.

LGBTQIA+ Support

At The Fewer Things, we prioritize a culture of inclusivity. Our operations across Asia are rooted in recognizing and respecting the unique identities and experiences of all participants. We believe in offering opportunities without boundaries, ensuring everyone—regardless of race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or ability—feels valued. For those in the LGBTQIA+ community seeking teaching, cultural immersion, or volunteering roles: know that The Fewer Things stands with you

Neurodivergent Support

At The Fewer Things, we embrace the unique insights and contributions of neurodivergent individuals. While we offer tailored support and an inclusive environment tailored to diverse cognitive experiences, it's important to note that specific country visa and work permit requirements may apply. Regardless, we're dedicated to guiding each participant through the necessary processes, ensuring they have a supportive and enriching journey throughout our programs in Asia.

Accessibility Support

At The Fewer Things, inclusivity and accessibility form the backbone of our operations. Our programs across Asia are designed to accommodate participants with physical disabilities or chronic conditions. While specific country visa requirements may exist, we provide comprehensive guidance to each applicant, ensuring their well-being, seamless integration, and a fulfilling experience throughout their journey with us.

Impact

Sustainability

At The Fewer Things, we operate with a conscious commitment to sustainability at the forefront of our programs across Asia. Understanding the profound weight of our actions, we meticulously design our initiatives to yield a net positive contribution to local communities and environments. Every decision we make, from program creation to execution, aims to balance and exceed any negative impact, championing an ethical and sustainable approach

Ethical Impact

At The Fewer Things, our approach to ethical programming is deeply rooted in mutual respect and reciprocity. We ensure that while our participants gain enriching experiences, host communities in Asia are empowered, their environments protected, and their cultural heritage upheld. This holistic approach safeguards the authenticity of experiences for future travelers, all the while championing the well-being and growth of our host communities.

Program Highlights

  • 💯 - Pre-departure Online TEFL & 24/7 support
  • 💰 - Great salaries & free housing
  • ✈️ - 4-6 weeks winter vacation
  • 📱- Group chat with TFT participants
  • 🏫 - Public School Placements Only

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Program Reviews

4.98 Rating
based on 47 reviews
  • 5 rating 97.87%
  • 4 rating 2.13%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Benefits 4.75
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.85
  • Facilities 4.6
  • Safety 5
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Patrick
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Excellent Experience

I moved to China in August of 2023 and I am currently teaching my first semester in Shanghai. This is my first time teaching, and I feel that the support and the quality of life that teaching brings in China have made it extremely accessible and rewarding.

While I anticipated Shanghai to be exciting, I was not prepared for how enjoyable the work-life balance would be. This is only enhanced by the support I receive from TFT in any issues I face.

I would recommend this experience to anyone. In respect to shanghai, the only downside appears to be that you are so busy doing things within the city you forget to travel outside it!

Pros
  • Teaching is a respectable vocation in China
  • Great support
  • Opportunities to travel
20 people found this review helpful.
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Charlotte
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent experience

I am currently working as an ESL teacher in Shanghai and I have had an absolutely brilliant experience so far, especially working with TFT. Before my departure from the UK, Jaemi and the team gave me so much support and made sure I didn’t have to worry about the admin process such as getting an interview/placement and document legalisation. They also offered weekly call slots and generally got us set up with everything we could possibly need to get us to China! I would 100% recommend this programme to anyone interested in teaching abroad!

Pros
  • Excellent support from TFT
  • Low cost of living
  • Cultural/language immersion
Cons
  • Expensive insurance/health care
23 people found this review helpful.
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Torin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

TFT China Program

I have had a great experience working as an ESL teacher in China through TFT. The support from the program made the application and transition very comfortable; communication was clear throughout with regular phone calls and easy access to relevant information, and I went through the placement process smoothly. The legalisation of documents was made very simple by TFT, and the bulk of the admin was taken care of by them, which was very helpful. Living and working as a teacher in China has been an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it, especially for those looking to learn or improve their language skills and those interested in teaching. The long winter holiday makes for a great travel opportunity too! A word to the wise — make sure you have a Chinese payment method such as Alipay set up before your arrival, as physical cards or Apple Pay (including international cards, Visa, Mastercard etc) may not be accepted.

Pros
  • Holidays
  • Cost of living
  • Language/culture exposure & immersion
Cons
  • Expensive healthcare
17 people found this review helpful.
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Lindsay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome program!!

This is an awesome opportunity! I wanted to teach English in China for the longest time, but didn’t know where to start. Jaemi and TFT helped me through the whole process! From pairing me with a school, visa and background check support and everything in between, I finally made it to China! I would not have been able to take on this process by myself without the help of The Fewer Things. I had countless questions throughout the process (moving abroad is a big step) but TFT was able to explain things to me and calm my fears about moving to China. I would definitely recommend this program!

Pros
  • Visa support
  • Background check support
  • School placement
26 people found this review helpful.
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Mary
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Moving to China!

I was a bit nervous about moving to China and starting my career teaching. However, after doing lots of research, I decided on The Fewer Things. From my first interview with Jaemi, I knew this was the program I wanted to go with. The support I received before I left was great! The staff in China replied quickly to my questions and concerns. All the paperwork on the China side of things was done rapidly and efficiently. I cannot thank the staff enough. I also had the option to do monthly/weekly phone call check ups just to ease some stress and see how the progress was going. Before I knew it, I was boarding the plane!

Once I got here, the friendliness of the staff never stopped. Diane, Nancy, Lucia, and everyone has gone ABOVE AND BEYOND once I got here. It really soothed my heart and mind. As you might know, moving abroad is a big step that can pose many challenges. They have done so much for me and my other colleagues who came abroad. They also found me the best school as well. I feel welcomed by the staff and I am excited to teach!

China is a great place to travel solo or with friends. If you know a good bit of the language, or none at all, it is an amazing country that will provide you with a fun and exciting experience! Traveling around the city is extremely efficient, and before you know it, you will no longer need maps to help you get around!! Also... YUMMY FOOD! :)

Pros
  • AMAZING TEAM
  • Great Food
  • Great Travel Spots
Cons
  • Might be challenging to get around at first if you don't know the language basics
19 people found this review helpful.
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Josh
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The fewer things China program review - Shanghai.

The fewer things China program is absolutely worth it. From the moment you apply through to arrival in China and beyond the support is fantastic, I wouldn't have been able to navigate the process without them. Having decided to choose China I completed my application. I received an initial phone call to discuss the ins and outs of everything which made me feel at ease with it all. From there, I received unparalleled support through the process of document legalization, visa application and in being set up with a school to teach in. In the weeks prior to going out to China, the fewer things director, Jaemi, is on hand via weekly call slots to help settle any nerves or apprehensions you may have, after all, moving abroad to teach is a big thing to do. Following moving to China, the fewer things are still there to help should I need any support, but I must say, living and teaching in Shanghai is amazing. So far, so good! A big thanks to the fewer things for helping to make a dream of mine a reality.

Pros
  • salary
  • work-life balance
  • experience
25 people found this review helpful.
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Cole
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

TFT Shenzhen

TFT offers a reliable, relatively easy way of teaching English in China, especially given the difficulties posed by the pandemic. Jaemi and the staff at CITPC (the state-owned organization that connects foreign teachers to Shenzhen public schools) are very helpful and provide guidance in every step of the way, both before and after you get to China. This makes the process as smooth and stress-free as it can be, given the situation. Possibly the biggest benefit is having peers going through this process alongside you, so you’re not alone.

When moving to another country — especially China — it is important to be proactive and ask as many questions as possible before you go, and collect answers from as many people as possible. Treat any undocumented reassurances or vague promises with a healthy dose of skepticism, and always press for specific answers. Find out as much about the actual teaching position as you can, and contact current teachers in China if possible. But be aware that many details here are naturally handled last-minute, so you’ll have to be willing to adapt. For example, CIPTC generally won’t tell you your schedule — or even which school or grades you will be assigned to — until you arrive in China. This may vary in other cities and companies.

If you are willing to put in the extra work, sacrifice having a support group of other peers, and take on some risk in the process, you may find positions with higher salaries or different work (other than teaching oral English to primary/middle school) at other schools, like private ones that TFT doesn’t work with. But for most people — especially those new to China, like I was — I’d recommend TFT.

Lastly, it’s helpful to know at least some elementary Chinese before you come. It’s technically not required, but it will make your life easier, so I’d recommend starting to study it as soon as you know you want to come. This also depends on the city and whether you live in an expat area.

Pros
  • Lots of support from Jaemi, school staff, and other participants
  • Reliable and safe way of getting to China
  • Great for those who only want to work in China for a short time (as little as <1 year)
Cons
  • Some info is unclear, or provided last-minute
  • Only option is to be an oral English teacher at primary/middle public school
  • Teaching experience and schedule is varies significantly by location and school assignment
67 people found this review helpful.
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Ivan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Get's the Job Done! Everything as promised.

Overall, I would say I am highly satisfied with the experience here in Shenzhen. But to write a proper review, I feel I need to break down the experience into it's 3 main parts - The Fewer Things (pre-departure and logistics prior to coming to China), CIPTC (Company on the ground, logistics in China), and the School you get assigned to.

The Fewer Things: Overall, quite satisfied with Jaemi and the team. Very genuine and friendly dude, very knowledgeable and attentive to any questions you may have. Programs a little pricey but I have no complaints in other aspects of the experience. Get's you to China as promised.

CIPTC: Basically the company on the ground (in Shenzhen) that serves as a bridge between you and the school that you will work at. Personally, I think they do a pretty good job of taking care of you and fulfilling their end of the contract, and have no major complaints. I think they could improve on their communication and reduce the hours of mandatory training some, and give a bit more time for people to settle in before throwing them into their schools. But my group and I did arrive a little later than anticipated (early October for me), so that may be the reasoning for the rush. But definitely expected to hit the ground running, which can be pretty overwhelming/stressful if it's your first time in China. I would advise a healthy level of skepticism when dealing with them, but personally I haven't experienced anything to warrant distrust or paranoia.

School: Basically unique to each person, as most teachers will only have 1 or no fellow CIPTC teachers at their school. So everyone experience differs. Personally, my experience with my school has been pretty good. It's a great location, great work environment, and the students are loads of fun to work with, especially the younglings if you get the chance.

In my experience, this is where most problems can arise. You're basically thrown into the deep end and expected to figure everything out, which can be pretty overwhelming and stressful at first. I would say I've definitely have had problems with lack of communication and oversight/mentorship, and you might feel pretty under supported at this stage.
I was pretty anxious and hesitant to reach out for a while, and it can feel like they don't really care about you and your classes, but I do think a lot of this is the result of language barrier and just cultural differences. And it does take 2 to tango. So I would advise being proactive and reaching out to your contact teacher from the get go and befriending other teachers as well. Once I finally did, it was clear they do care and want to help. So try not to take things personally and make the effort to communicate if you're struggling!

In general, I have really enjoyed my time living here in China. The work is fulfilling and enjoyable. I've made great friends, tried so so much great food, and have seen plenty of awesome sights in the city. Excited to explore the country more broadly this Winter!

In summary, if you're laid back, adaptable, and willing to roll with the punches, then you can definitely thrive in this program. I do think it requires a good amount of open-mindedness, understanding, and perspective, but you'll be sure to grow from the experiences here if you so choose to embark! Hope this helps! :)

Pros
  • Great pay/low cost of living
  • Awesome coworkers :)
  • Easy access to goods and services
Cons
  • Long mandatory trainings
  • Lack of communication
  • Not much time to adapt before beginning work
65 people found this review helpful.

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