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Teach in China

Teach in Hangzhou China – with flexible start dates, competitive compensation packages and on-ground support!

We are looking for qualified native English teachers who will be responsible for applying prescribed lesson plans, and delivering enjoyable English classes to students at our partners’ private language institutions in China.

You will teach children aged 4 to 16 years old or adults aged 16 to 50 years old. The class size may vary from 4, to 15 students depending on the school you are matched with. Lesson plans or syllabus are usually provided, but it may be necessary to prepare yourself for slight changes.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Native English speaker
  • Willingness to relocate to China for 1 year
  • Openness to learn about new cultures
  • Passion for cultural exchange and new experiences
  • Flexibility to work in a new environment
  • Formal or informal teaching experience preferred but not required


Program Benefits

  • Chinese working visa – Z visa
  • Monthly compensation based on experience (10,000-12,000 RM)
  • Free housing within a short distance to teacher’s school
  • All Chinese public holidays, plus 5 personal days
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Flexible start dates
  • Reimbursement for 8000 RMB on flight tickets for a 12 month placement
  • Xplore’s office support in Hangzhou 24/7
  • Monthly professional development with Xplore team and other English teachers
  • Optional ‘soft landing’ program ($100), which includes:
    • Pick up from Shanghai or Hangzhou international airport with transfer to Hangzhou
    • Stay in 3 star hotel near the West Lake for 1 night
    • Tour of Hangzhou
    • Professional development
    • Local SIM card and bank account registration

About Our Schools

Placements are available at the following levels:

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Adult Learning Centers

Please indicate on your application form the level you prefer and we will contact you with specific schools seeking applicants.

Example Schools:

Belle English
Giraffe American
ABIE China

Frequently asked questions

I have never taught before - can I apply?

Yes! While completing your application, please list any teaching experience you may have – even if it is informal, like tutoring or camp counseling. While teaching experience does help make you a competitive candidate, it is not a requirement. Please include all work experience in your resume.

I don’t have a TEFL certificate - can I apply?

Absolutely! While a TEFL certificate will make you a competitive candidate, it is not required to apply.

When would I start?

There are placements available year round. The most popular times to begin are Fall and Spring.

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How long does the application process take?

The application process typically takes 2-3 months – from interview to arrival. Please plan to apply 2-3 months before you are available to depart.

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What is the application process like?

Where will I be teaching?

Placements are available in Hangzhou and Beijing. You can indicate your preference for teaching level – from elementary students to adults.

What hours can I expect?

You are expected to work 40 hours per week – inclusive of planning and preparation time.

Am I given vacation and holidays?

Yes! You will receive all Chinese national public holidays off, plus 5 personal days per year to use for vacation.

What type of visa will I have?

You will have a legal Z working visa.

Can I travel with a family?

You can! Hangzhou has several international schools for your children to attend. Please do note that these international schools often have steep tuition costs, so please plan accordingly. It helps to offset tuition fees if you are able to travel with a spouse who also plans to secure a teaching position. We can help find suitable placements for couples as well!

What about health insurance?

You will be covered on the national health plan.

How will Xplore support me during my stay?

Xplore has offices in Hangzhou and Shenzhen. Here, our staff are ready to work with you throughout your stay in China. Our offices offer monthly professional development and cultural workshops for all of our English teachers. This gives you the chance to make the most of your experience, while learning about the local culture and meeting other English teachers in the area. Introductory Mandarin is also included in the monthly workshops!

What is a typical apartment like?

For a single teacher, the apartment provided will be a one bedroom or a studio – with a private kitchen and bathroom. Couples teaching may receive larger apartments. Some schools choose to provide a housing allowance in lieu of a pre-chosen apartment. If your school provides this a housing allowance, Xplore staff will help you secure housing close to your school, within budget.

How can I learn more about local Chinese culture?

You will be invited to monthly professional development and cultural workshops with other English teachers in the area. This is a great way to get to know your new community!

Is there professional development provided?

Yes! It is not required that you have experience teaching English before arriving. Monthly professional development and cultural workshops will help get you off on the right foot! Our staff is also local and available to help provide extra support if needed.