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Teach English in Shanghai with Explore China Program – TEFL UK

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Put your TEFL to work and teach in China!

Explore China gets you to the heart of Chinese culture and helps you develop your teaching skills

This program is designed for TEFL graduates, gap year students or recent university graduates with a passion for exploration, meeting new people and learning new skills.

All you need is an open mind and the time to commit to a one semester TEFL teaching placement at one of our carefully selected host schools.

You can enjoy some great benefits

Teaching in China and how it works

Your journey to teaching in China could not be easier! 

  1. Take part in a full orientation in Shanghai and meet the local team
  2. Train with the professional staff trainer in preparation for interviews and demos which are required by most schools
  3. After interview / demo, you will be matched with a school
  4. Receive ongoing training, professional feedback and support throughout your placement

Program eligibility requirements

Program dates for teaching English in China

You can arrive in Shanghai any month as applications are ongoing throughout the year.

Program runs: 

> Intakes every month
> Your program would be for 5 months from whichever month you choose to arrive

Teach in China FAQs

Where do I need to fly to?

You need to arrive into Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and from there will be met for airport pick up and transfer to orientation. 

Is transfer between orientation and placement provided?

After the 5 day orientation, you will be provided with onward transfer to your host town or city. Transportation costs are included for the transfer. A representative from the school will meet you on arrival to your host town / city.

Will I be placed together with other interns?

There is usually one intern per school. However, this program has a large network of interns and so you will meet lots of other people during orientation. There are also regular social events and meet ups along with an extensive expat community in most of the placement areas.

How much will I get paid?

You will receive RMB¥5,000 monthly allowance. This amount is paid either in cash or by wire transfer to your Chinese bank account. You are paid on 15th of each month. 

What type of students would I be teaching?

The vast majority of students would be young learners and so typically would be 4 - 12 years of age.

Can friends or couples be placed together?

It is certainly possible to request placement together with a friend. However, as this is a popular program, we recommend that those wishing to travel and be placed with friends / partners apply early! The Admissions team will do their best to accommodate your requests. 

Where are the placements?

There are both urban and provincial placement opportunities throughout central and southern China. The three main areas are Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. You can indicate a placement preference when you apply and positions will be assigned on a first come first served basis.

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation ( is provided rent-free throughout the entirety of your stay on the internship. The housing is either a shared or single apartment. If the apartment is shared with other interns, you would have your own single room with shared living space. 

What extras should I budget for?

You need to keep the following extras in mind when you are budgeting for your trip to China:

Must I book a return flight or can I book one-way?

It should be fine to book a one-way ticket to China. It is worth noting that you would have a 6 month visa and so there are plenty of travel possibilities after the internship finishes!

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