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China Paid Teaching with TEFL

6 months from $2,197

Make a difference as a teacher
TEFL qualification
Mandarin language lessons
Group size: Varies

Trip Highlights

  • Gain that coveted TEFL qualification online!
  • Guaranteed paid work in China!
  • Get first-hand teaching experience
  • Learn the local language with included Mandarin lessons!
  • Explore Beijing and discover the Great Wall of China
  • Immersive Training in Beijing
  • Explore China in your free time

Trip Summary

Get firsthand teaching experience and gain your TEFL qualification! This practical and hands on experience is the best way to become qualified – at the heart of a school in a new country, putting your skills to good use! This programme is perfect for both those with teaching experience and adventurous beginners, so as long as you come to China ready to get stuck in and inspire the next generation of children – this is the experience for you!

Following successful completion of your training, you’re guaranteed paid work in a school and you’ll have included Mandarin lessons! Your role in the community will make it easy for you to fit in and make new friends, and during weekends you’ll be able to head out and travel.


Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Itinerary for your first 6 days in China

This programme features an itinerary that is designed to equip you with all of the skills necessary to begin your teaching placement in China and introduce you to the culture and customs of the amazing country you’ll be calling home! Below you’ll find an overview of what you can expect from your placement.

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Beijing! You’ll have a day to get your bearings and recharge after your flight – we’re sure you’ll be astounded by this cosmopolitan capital and all it has to offer. Relax at your accommodation and get some rest ahead of your busy day tomorrow!

Day 2: Orientation

Enjoy an introduction to the programme this morning. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about what lies ahead and find out a bit more about living and working in China. Later this evening, you’ll enjoy a tasty welcome dinner where you can get to know fellow travellers and round off the day in style!

Day 3: Mandarin and Cultural Classes

Learn more about Chinese culture this morning with cultural lessons, helping get you ready for your teaching placement, before brushing up on your Mandarin with a language class with your group.  

Day 4: Great Wall of China and Beijing Tour

Today, enjoy a guided tour the Great Wall of China, China’s most famous wonder, and the incredible city of Beijing. You’ll explore a section of the amazing 13000 mile wall, and learn about its history, before heading back into the city to experience the modern side of China. It’s a city unlike any other and offers the perfect introduction to China. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about local culture and customs as you get to know this modern metropolis.

Day 5: Mandarin and Cultural Classes  
Continue your cultural and Mandarin lessons with your group, learning more about typical Chinese life and the language with your group, making sure you’re all prepared for your teaching placement in the country.

Day 6: Departure to Schools

Today you’ll be heading off to your placement! You’ve put your skills into practice, so now it’s time to step into a fulfilling TEFL role and continue your adventure!

Teaching placement-

For the rest of your time in China you will be working at your teaching placement. During your orientation period our local team will discuss your specific placement with you. 

Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change. 

Becoming Qualified

Your training is a rewarding aspect of getting stuck into our Paid Teaching in China programme! Here’s how the training works-

120 Hour Online TEFL Certification

  • You’ll complete a 120-hour online TEFL Certification before you arrive in China
  • You’ll be guided through the stages of becoming a confident, adept and skilled teacher
  • The course is a globally recognised qualification
  • The course is certified by the ODLQC
  • This course is suitable for total beginners

Teaching Internship

  • Begin your placement in one of the partner schools across China
  • Participate in 2 hours of Mandarin lessons each week
  • Get stuck into professional tasks, preparing lessons, teaching, and participating in meetings and activities
  • 35 hours total per week: 10-15 hours in class in addition to office hours
  • Monthly Stipend of approx Chinese RMB 2000 per month
  • Upon successful completion of placement, participants receive a Completion Bonus of approx Chinese RMB 4500

(Please note amounts quoted for monthly stipend and completion bonus may vary and are subject to change). 

The Application Process

Before you apply, it is important to be aware of the fact that a pivotal part of this experience is the fact that you’ll be immersing yourself in an entirely new culture. While this is one of the most beneficial aspects of the programme, you should bear in mind the fact that you’ll expected to be culturally considerate at all times and should endeavour to respect and adhere to the customs of the country. For example, particular standards of dress must be upheld, and visible body piercings and tattoos are not acceptable. You’ll soon become immersed in this fascinating country, and learning about Chinese culture is a great way to ensure you’ll feel at home in no time!

The early stages of your application process will involve an interview, and you’ll need to complete an online application form and provide us with your application documents. Within one week of these documents being sent off you’ll be informed whether or not you’ve been accepted onto the programme. You’ll then pay the remaining fees and we will set you up on the Online TEFL course.

We’ll arrange the Invitation Letter for you and a copy of will be emailed to you for reference. The original copy will be couriered to you, and you can then proceed with your visa application. 

Application Deadlines

Please note that applications close approximately 2 months prior to the programme start date. 


  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • 120-hour Online TEFL Qualification
  • Assistance with Visa application
  • Welcome dinner
  • Beijing city tour
  • Great Wall of China tour
  • Mandarin language lessons
  • Briefing on Chinese customs and important information
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (except at weekends and during school holidays)
  • 24/7 support from in-country team for the duration of your programme

  • Flights
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • DBS/Police Check
  • Optional activities


During the training weeks you will live in shared apartments with 2 to 4 people, also training with you. If you are travelling as a couple, it is possible for you to be placed together in the same accommodation during the training period. 

Your placement accommodation will vary between schools as each has a different format. You will have your own room and will usually have access to shared communal facilities in the school. By western standards, the accommodation may be considered basic, but by Chinese standards the accommodation provided to foreign teachers is spacious and comparatively of high standard.

During the training you will eat in the university canteen. At the school meals are served in a dining hall. There is usually a separate staff dining hall. Western meals are not served – and you should try to become competent in using chopsticks as soon as possible! Chinese food is fresh, but milk, potatoes, bread and coffee are rare. Rice and tea are staples, but every meal offers a variety of dishes.

Chinese meals are similar throughout the day - breakfast, lunch and dinner will have little to differentiate them. Western food can be purchased in the cities, but the quality may vary and it is relatively expensive.


Please do not book your flight until you have received your acceptance letter confirming your place on the programme. You will need to have booked flights when you come to apply for your visa one month before departure. Please check with the Chinese embassy for further information.

Your flight to China should arrive at Beijing Airport on your programme start date, ideally between 6am and 6pm in order to minimise waiting times at the airport on arrival; if you are unable to arrive within these times please contact us for further information. You should book a return ticket which is changeable as your programme end date will not be confirmed until you are in China. A provisional programme end date has been added, please note this will not be confirmed until you are in-country.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that, once you have booked your flights, you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.


To be eligible for this programme you must be aged between 18 and 45 years old. The eligibility requirements you must meet are listed below:

Applicants need to hold a valid passport from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States of America, or any other native English-speaking country. Western European and Scandinavian passport holders can also apply, please contact us for more information.

Programme Requirements

  • Aged 18-45 years
  • Adept in written and verbal English
  • Eligible for a Chinese Visa
  • Completed education to at least A-Levels (or equivalent)
  • Good English grades at school
  • Appropriate personal qualities (maturity, flexibility, ability to cope with challenges, good communication skills)
  • Travel experience is preferred
  • A range of hobbies and interests
  • Copies of highest academic qualifications
  • Good health (no serious medical conditions)
  • No criminal/police record
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivity
  • Some work experience- either paid or voluntary
  • Previous study at university is preferable but not essential
  • Experience of working with children, such as babysitting, teaching, coaching - not essential but preferred
  • Please note: Chinese schools are strict concerning facial piercings, visible tattoos and non-conventional hair colours 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for applications is approximately 2 months prior to your start date. 

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service)

An enhanced DBS check is required for this programme. If you do not hold a certificate dated within 12 months of your programme start date, please contact us as we can help you arrange the DBS check for an extra fee.


The allowance is 2000RMB per month (There are about 11RMB to a British pound) and is tax-free. Your allowance can be paid either by cash or directly in to your bank account. You will receive a bonus for the completion of your contract, which is RMB4500 for the first semester. The allowance is approximately the same as a Chinese teacher would receive.

Your allowance will cover basic costs, but will not provide for 'savings' opportunities. It is expected that all participants will require additional savings to draw on, with the cost dependent on the amount of additional travel and entertainment expected.


Approximately one month prior to your departure, you will be sent a hard copy visa invitation letter and JW202 form for your placement. You will need to take this visa invitation letter and JW202 form, along with your passport, two passport-sized photos and your visa form to your nearest Chinese embassy or consulate where they will issue you with your X2-visa.

Please note: The cost of your X2-visa is not included in the price.

Visa Information

To apply for your visa you will need the original copies of the documentation that has been sent to you via courier. You will need the letter and form to accompany the visa application form when you apply for your visa.

Please print off the application form that has been emailed to you and use the template pages to follow exactly how to fill out the form. Copy the sections in green word-for-word. The JW202 form and invitation letter should be presented to the China Embassy. You will not need to bring these documents to China, so there is no need to request that they are returned by the Embassy.

You are applying for an X2 visa. Failure to obtain the correct visa will result in a substantial cost to change your visa in China Please note that ‘Date of First Entry into China’ should be your programme start date.

IMPORTANT: Obtaining your visa is your responsibility and you should apply for your visa at a local Chinese Embassy or consulate. If you are applying for this visa in a country other than your home country, you may need to provide additional documentation as part of the process and above and beyond what is stated below. You should check with the embassy you plan to apply to.

You will need to submit the following:

Invitation Letter (original hard copy)
JW202 Form (original hard copy)
Visa Application Form - Please follow this template exactly as emailed to you, adding all personal information.
A Passport with at least 9 months validity after your date of departure from China at the end of your trip. 
2 Passport photos

The process should take no more than 10 days and you should receive an X2. Express services are possible to receive the visa in 2-3 days (call your local embassy to confirm).

Here is the link to the Chinese Embassy website for more instructions on how to apply: Visa for China

Please note that Real Gap and our partners in China have no control over the visa application process and any issues should be addressed to the relevant embassy or consulate you are using.

*Please note you will need to read the information thoroughly to ensure you are applying for the correct visa*

If you have any questions regarding your visa application or would like us to help you when filling out the visa please do give us a call.

How Much Do I Get Paid Per Month?

The monthly teaching allowance is 2000RMB - approx £200 to £250 depending on exchange rates.

Can I Be Placed At The Same School As My Friend/partner?

This is possible, so please make sure you let us know who you will be travelling with at the time of booking, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Will There Be Other Teaching Interns At The Same School?

Yes - there will always be at least 2 participants at each school.

What Kind Of Teaching Positions Are Available?

Generally, there are three categories of teacher assistant placement: Kindergarten (3-6yrs), Primary (7-12 yrs), Junior High/High School (13-18 yrs). You will be asked to nominate your preference of placement when you apply, but these are not guaranteed.

I Don’t Have A Levels, Can I Apply?

Yes, if you have an equivalent education certificate to show you studied to at least the age of 18 years..

What Are The Ages And Nationalities Of Others On The Programme

The ages of participants varies from 18-45 years. However, the majority of participants are between 21 and 30 years old. Previous participants have come from the UK, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Norway, Netherlands and many more!

Do I Have To Be University Educated?

You must be educated to a secondary school level and able to provide proof of these qualifications.

Do I Have To Be Fluent In English To Do This Trip?

Yes, you must be adept in spoken and written English. You will be asked to provide evidence of strong grades in an English qualification at secondary level or above. Speaking English is an integral aspect of this programme. Once you have arrived, you will be given Mandarin lessons that will assist you during your time in China.

How Much Do I Have To Pay To Book Onto This Trip?

A deposit of £500 is required for the trip and your remaining balance is due 90 days prior to departure. The Payment Plan is not available on this trip.


Please note 2019 dates are subject to change.