What are the Pros and Cons of teaching in China?

Before coming to China you’ll be weighing up the pros and cons of whether taking the leap is a feasible opportunity that can meet your personality and lifestyle desires. In this page, we will evaluate a variety of pros and cons for you to consider helping you make that choice. We will look at financials and how much you can save, experiences you can obtain, how China can help influence your global perspective, home comforts, and being away from your family.

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How does the demand of teachers influence salary?

When looking at supply and demand, it is evident that there is a greater demand for international teachers in China than there is supply. From subject teaching to teaching a language outside of English, such as Spanish and German, to teaching English as a second language, there is a high demand for a variety of teaching opportunities from schools across the nation. Therefore, the demand for teachers is greater than the supply. With this logic understood, this can be argued as a key influencer for the salary an international teacher can obtain. With the average salary of a Chinese citizen in China being approximately 4,000RMB, the international teacher can earn approximately over four times the national average income, depending on skills, qualifications, and experience. To understand more about saving in China as an international teacher, we’ve put together different teacher profiles, highlighting different spending patterns, so you can see how much you could save.

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What is the quality of lifestyle like as a teacher?

A secondary consideration when moving to China is the opportunities involved in increasing the quality of lifestyle. You may want to go travelling in the mountains, enjoy international food, or experience a culture that is different from yours. For example, if you are from the South of the UK, it is very flat and there are only fields. However, if you moved to Hangzhou, you’d have countless possibilities to see different mountains, international environments such as bars and restaurants, and be able to commute domestically across the vast geographical landscape, something you wouldn’t be able to do back home. This is a significant pro for the majority of English as a second language teachers, that typically have an unrelated bachelor’s degree.

And by understanding this pro, allows teachers to enjoy a more internationally influenced and global perspective. At HiredinChina, we find a lot of teachers looking to escape traditional employment routes after their bachelor’s degree and provide value to the Chinese education community to enjoy the myriad of benefits it offers.

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Will I miss my home comforts when teaching in China?

One factor you may consider, and is possibly the biggest fear, is not having access to the home comforts, and being away from an environment that you are familiar with. However, with thousands of teachers in every city, you will be sure to find teachers that are from your home country. Not only that, but you will also be able to access WeChat groups and be able to enjoy an international environment, even if it is digital. China has a fantastic holiday structure, from which if you do get homesick, you will be able to go back home every February for Chinese New Year, and every summer as well. This will give you the opportunity, to see your family for no less than two months every year, following traditionally what you would experience when attending University. From an important food perspective, you may miss food from back home as well. Using Taobao, The Chinese Amazon, or going to international supermarkets, you will be able to get some of your home foods to make your favourite home comfort dishes.

Photos of Mark Thaxter in China Travelling by HiredinChina-20181217204514

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Your FAQs

We’ve put together a Resources Page to answer your most frequent questions. From Saving Money, to Getting Your Z-VISA, we have gone into detail there.

Your school will apply for your VISA for you to work directly for them. We’ll be with you every step of the journey. We’ve created our own VISA Support Page. Remember, the VISA you’re applying for is a Z-VISA.

You will have a minimum of a one-year contract, that will be full-time. You can save a lot of money teaching in China, and we’ve put together more information for you to read.

When you are directly employed by the school, they will offer you insurance. This means private level care. Be sure to check your contract for sick days.

You will have to go through your bank to legitimately send money home. To do this, follow the steps they give you. Your school will help support you and will be able to translate anything you need.

That is fantastic news! Not speaking Chinese is great for your students, as you will be able to immerse them in English more. We’ve also put together an Essential Mandarin Guide, and Benefits For Learning Mandarin when you’re exploring.