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An incredible amount of jobs!
So you want to teach in China, well read on. China is becoming one of the best countries to work for when you compare salaries. It is all a matter of supply versus demand. Currently, there is high demand and low amount of ESL teachers. It is becoming more and more difficult for kindergartens, schools and training centers to cover all the positions. Salaries have jumped significantly.
Ten years ago, if you wanted to teach in China a standard wage for a beginning ESL teacher in a school was about 4000 RMB ($550) per month. This year, the salary for beginning teachers from native countries can be 15,000 ($2150). If you are an experienced ESL teacher with three or more years, a reasonable salary expectation is 20,000 RMB ($2900), and these are continuing to rise. It is projected that salaries will continue to go up as more and more Chinese youth aspire to have an English education and study abroad. So now is the time to teach in China!
A great place to save!
As an ESL teacher in China, you will have an excellent opportunity to save money. The cost of living is considerably lower than in most western countries, so the possibilities to save are endless. The initial cost of arranging a visa and flights are offset by the end of contract bonus given by schools. You can also expect paid accommodation and many schools offer a food allowance during working hours. Have a look at these other savings below
- Fresh Produce is very cheap in China and shops are plentiful. You’ll find one on every street corner.
- Restaurants: The Chinese love to eat out, so there are a fantastic array of restaurants to choose from. Street food is cheap for a meal 10-15RMB ($2-$3) and mid-range restaurants will only set you back 30-50RMB ($5-$10) per head. High-end restaurants can range from 50-150RMB ($10-$30) per person for a meal.
- Transportation and Lodging: The cost and convenience of getting about in China are impressive when compared to other countries. The train network is better than most western countries, and you can get anywhere in the country using the fast trains in a day. The long-distance trains generally cost 100-500RMB ($20-$80), so travelling is very affordable. The air network is very developed and internal and external flights are available from all major cities. There are a plethora of affordable hotels offering clean and convenient service for 120 RMB ($17 and up).
Freetime to follow your hobbies!
when you teach in China, China offers an excellent work schedule. You would typically be required to teach 20 hours a week with two days off. This varies for training centers and government schools. When you are not teaching, you are free to pursue any hobby or interests that you might have. Many teachers use the time to study for higher qualifications online. If you want to make the most out of your stay, learn Chinese. There is no better place to do it, after all. A year in China will be great on your CV, and you don’t know what else you can add to it during that time.
A chance to travel
China is a vast and beautiful country. Your teaching contract will allow you ample time to travel. Depending on the job you can expect a minimum of 21 days paid holiday a year, but this is more when you work in government schools. From the Great Wall to the hills of Guilin, China offers spectacular opportunities to explore. One of the other opportunities that you should take advantage of while living in China is the other South Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia. These are all easy plane rides away and will broaden your experience even more.
Food, food and more food!
We’ve already mentioned the restaurant culture in China, but what are they serving? Each region of China has its local delicacies, so a trip around China is an incredible adventure for the taste buds. Try these three dishes to get you started:
- Jiaozi – small meat and vegetable-filled dumplings. Each province will claim to have the best, but they all taste pretty good!
- Beijing Roast Duck – famous roasted duck from Beijing is synonymous with China. You’ve probably had it at your local Chinese restaurant, but it is incomparable to the real thing here.
- Huo Guo – Hot pot is steaming bowl of soup on a stove that you place thinly sliced meat and vegetables into. When cooked you can dip them into your own choice of sauces. Delicious on a winter day!
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