PAID TEACHING ENGLISH INTERNSHIP IN
CHINA

Paid Teaching Internship in China with TravelBud

TravelBud Enrollment Coordinators



Do you want to find out more about our Teaching English Internship in China? Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you!

Want to teach English in China?

Here’s where you start.

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Guaranteed job placement. We place you in carefully selected and reputable schools in China.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in China we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

China's unique history and culture

Experience China’s unique history and culture.

Why Intern in China?

  • If you don’t have any previous teaching experience, this teaching internship in China is the perfect fit.
  • This is the best opportunity to gain first-hand experience into what it takes to be an ESL (English as a second language) teacher as the short contract duration of 3 – 4 months will give you all the insights you need.
  • There are numerous opportunities for future teaching positions after your internship should you wish to continue your ESL teaching career.
  • Mandarin lessons are included throughout the program for someone keen on first-hand experience practising the language.
  • A smart budget along with our included accommodation and meals will have your small monthly stipend ($300 USD) going a long way to explore the wonders of this magnificent
  • Opportunities to earn additional income through tutoring are usually available.

Travel Opportunities

Our teaching internship in China is great for travel enthusiasts. A smart budget along with our included accommodation and meals will have your stipend going a long way to explore the wonders of this magnificent country.

Teach English in China and see China's unique history and cultur

You’ll get to experience China’s unique history and culture.

Teach English in China and see China's unique history and culture

Visit Houhai Lake and its surrounding neighborhood in Xicheng District of central Beijing.

Teach English in China and see China's unique history and cultur

The Great Wall of China is a must see attraction.

Beijing’s historic architecture like the Summer Palace is a big draw for many visitors. Beijing is often one of the most popular placement for teachers in China as it offers the best pay and perks.

Beijing’s historic architecture like the Summer Palace is a big draw for many visitors. Beijing is often one of the most popular placement for teachers in China as it offers the best pay and perks.

Teach English in China and see China's unique history and cultur

Tour the side street and alleyways of Beijing and take in the local street food.

Guangzhou is just a 2 hour train ride from Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that it makes such a popular placement choice.

Guangzhou is just a 2 hour train ride from Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that it makes such a popular placement choice.

Do I Qualify To Teach English in China?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to apply for this internship.

You do need:

  • Passport from the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa. Non-native candidates from EU countries may also be considered for positions, depending on English fluency.
  • High school/secondary school diploma (higher study is preferable)
  • TESOL or TEFL qualification – minimum a 120-hour course
  • Good health. You will need to take a medical exam when you arrive in China and this may include a blood test.

How long is the internship contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months).

All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis with the final say coming from schools and placement partners in China.

While reasons for denial or acceptance to the program are not always provided, once you are accepted, placement is guaranteed.

What if I don’t have a TESOL certificate?

Travelbud offers an online TESOL course that will enable you to take this program. Courses start at the beginning of each month.

If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

Practical teacher training as part of your 4 day orientation in Beijing.

Gain first-hand experience into what it takes to be an ESL (English as a second language) teacher

Gain first-hand experience into what it takes to be an ESL (English as a second language) teacher.

Costs

What Will I Earn?

As an English teacher intern in China, you’ll receive a monthly stipend of $300.

In addition to this, our China program includes accommodation during your teaching contract and meals on teaching days.

With accommodation and meals covered, your stipend will be more than enough to cover other basic living costs as well as your weekend adventures!

How much does it cost?

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in China.

Currency Converter

Change to your currency. Default prices in US Dollar (USD). Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Total

$1700

Enrollment Fee and Support

Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

$450

Internship Placement and 24/7 Support

Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school.

$1250

What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

Pre-departure Support

As soon as you pay your Enrollment Fee , your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide any support you need.

The pre-departure support will include guidance on:

  • Booking flights
  • Buying travel insurance
  • Packing

24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

  • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
  • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teach abroad experience.

Lifetime of job placement opportunities

  • Your once-off enrollment fee guarantees you a lifetime of job placement with TravelBud.
  • If you want to teach somewhere else after your time in China, we will organise job placement for you on a select list of programs – as long as you qualify to teach in that country.

Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

  • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
  • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

What are the other costs involved?

The major initial costs are:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Documents

These are variable prices which change constantly and depend on where you are from.

Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

What do I need to budget for?

You’ll be covered for meals and accommodation from the moment you arrive in China, so the start up costs are much lower than in other parts of the world.

Having said this, bear in mind that you will be receiving your first stipend at the end of your first teaching month, so you will need to bring over some cash to cover your expenses for these weeks.

Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and China can be a cheap place to live in, so you should be able to manage on a relatively low budget if necessary.

Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

Currency Converter

Change to your currency. Default prices in US Dollar (USD). Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Budget for first month of teaching:

TOTAL

$140 - $250

Transportation to your placement

Our program includes transport from Beijing to your placement, which is usually via bullet train.

Included

Accommodation

You’ll have your own private room whilst sharing common areas with other participants.

Included

Day-to-day expenses

Food (on non-teaching days), transport, laundry, etc. These costs can vary depending on how tight your budget is. Eating local food and using shared public transport can dramatically reduce your spending.

$140 - $250

Generally speaking, we recommend traveling with $450$500 to cover you for the first weeks and help you settle in.

TravelBud Staff

We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

When can I start my internship teaching English in China?

Start Date:Enrollment Deadline:
23 August 201829 June 2018
February 2019Early January 2019

How long is the internship contract for?

  • Placements are for 1 semester (4 to 5 months).
Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

Chinese children are keen learners and enjoy interactive exercises.

Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

Group work in a typical Chinese classroom.

Arrival & Orientation

Pre-departure Support

As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

  • Packing
  • Visas
  • Budget
  • Travel insurance
  • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

Arriving in China

When you arrive in Beijing, you can count on:

  • Airport pickup
  • Accommodation for orientation days
  • You’ll start your Cultural Orientation

4 Day Cultural Orientation

  • Program induction seminar
  • Welcome dinner
  • Six hours of Mandarin lessons
  • Lectures on Chinese culture
  • Tour Day (some activities are subject to change based on time of year, but we always tour the Great Wall!)
    • Great Wall Tour
    • Houhai Lake
    • Trip to the Olympic Park
    • Night trip to Wangfujing
    • Trip to night market
  • Classroom observation and teaching presentation
  • Three meals per day provided during the orientation
  • Accommodation provided in shared rooms, with no more than 4 participants per room

Teaching Environment

Your teaching job is guaranteed with TravelBud once you’ve been accepted. 

Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

Placements across large public and private schools.

Where will I be teaching?

Our placement locations are throughout China, though most will find themselves places in the Eastern Coastal areas.

  • We have school partners in a wide range of regions like the cities of vast Inner Mongolia to bustling and tropical-feeling Guangdong.
  • Approximately half of teachers go to Guangdong Province in the south and the other half are spread around the more northern areas like Inner Mongolia, Beijing & Shandong Province.
  • During your application, we will ask you to give us your preferred location based on three options (north, central or south).

We will always do our best to accommodate your preferences. However, please keep in mind that placements do depend on what is available.

Do schools provide lunches?

Your school will either provide you with three meals a day on teaching days or with an additional stipend to cover these.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability.

What are the working hours?

  • You will be required to work 35 hours a week at school, including teaching time, lesson prep, meetings and other activities.
  • Actual teaching time is usually between 12 and 24 hours per week.
Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

A teacher overseeing group work in a classroom.

Teachers work five days per week and are also required to occasionally teach on evenings and weekends.

Teachers will be provided with two days off per week, though these may not be consecutive.

What type of school/language center will I teach in?

Placements vary depending on region and the spots available.

Generally though, we mostly place participants at:

  • Large private and public schools
  • Language schools, mostly in urban areas
  • On campuses with schools, dorms, cafeterias and outdoor exercise facilities.
  • Not all schools will be like this but many of them are.
Practical Teaching English Abroad Training with TravelBud

Teachers pose with their children in their Chinese classroom.

What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

If you are unhappy and there are clear reasons why the placement is not working out for you, we will place you in a different school.

We have strong relationships with our partner schools and our participants are generally very happy with their placements.

We are also available 24/7 to chat about how things are going.

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women.

 

Living Environment

How does accommodation work?

One of the greatest things about TravelBud’s China program is that your accommodation is included throughout the entirety of your program!

 

Living Environment in China during your Teaching English program

Your accommodation room.

You will have your own private bedroom in an apartment or university-style dorm, where you’ll have shared common areas such as the living room and bathroom.

Will I be living with someone?

We do not place participants alone, as we understand moving abroad can be challenging and it is always more fun when you can share the experience with someone going through the same changes and challenges.

While you will have your own private bedroom, you’ll be sharing common areas (including the bathroom) with other program participants.

What accommodation can I expect to have?

Accommodation will vary from place to place and will depend largely on the school where you are placed. You will have your own private room in an apartment or a dorm-style type of housing. You can expect to share common areas such as the living room and bathroom with other program participants.

Living Environment in China during your Teaching English program

Clean and modern kitchen with everything you’ll need.

Living Environment in China during your Teaching English program

Small lounge for chilling out and watching TV.

Living Environment in China during your Teaching English program

Another view of the lounge and chill area.

Living Environment in China during your Teaching English program

Clean and tidy bathroomswith toilet, shower and basin.


Will I need to set up a local bank account?

This will depend on your school as some will require a bank account where they can deposit your stipend.

Other schools might be more inclined to pay your stipend cash in hand.

Either way, should you wish to set up a bank account, your school will be able to help you with this once you are there.

Why TravelBud?

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Pre-departure support

Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

24/7 In-country support

Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in China. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

Job Placement Guaranteed

Cultural orientation course

Prepares you for your teaching experience in China and introduces you to Chinese history, language, politics and culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation during your experience in China.

Meals on teaching days

Meals provided during the days you teach.

Transport and spending money

Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting.
You’ll receive a 300 USD monthly stipend.

Knowledge and advice

Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

Airport pickup in Bangkok

On the first day of orientation.

Flights

Flight and visa assistance

Travel insurance

We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

Teaching resources

You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

Safety

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

Safety Tips

  • Be cautious with eating food that has not been cooked as fresh fruit and vegetables can be washed in tap water which might make you sick.
  • Don’t drink tap water.
  • Be alert and keep your valuables in a safe place, especially in a particularly touristy area.

 

Teach English in China Blog Articles

We’re Here to Help

We’ll answer all your questions and guide you every step of the way!

Pin It on Pinterest