Dates

You can expect to be in China from mid August until the end of the following June. The exact breakdown of your 10 months in China is outlined below:

PRE-DEPARTURE: ONLINE 60 HOUR TEFL COURSE (the costs of which are covered through our system of co-operation with China). THIS IS COMPLETED BEFORE GOING TO CHINA. Applicants on the BEIJING option may or may not end up doing this. It depends on the local Beijing regulations at the time of application.

Mid – late August:

Mandatory 2 week induction camp (in China). During this two-week period, you will gain practical teaching skills and experience that will help you to teach effectively during your time in China. Furthermore, the camp provides you with the opportunity to meet your fellow applicants, people you are highly likely to keep as friends throughout your entire stay in China.

Please note that owed to Chinese bureaucracy, some applicants arrive in China mid-way through the camp, while others miss it completely (and arrive in China in September). We do of course try our best to get everybody to the camp, but it is largely dependant on your VISA supporting documentation being ready in time. This is something that is outside of our control. Through both the CEAIE and Global Advance Education however, we do actively encourage the schools, as best we can, to have it ready in time. Generally speaking, roughly 70% of our applicants make it to all or some of the camp, while about 30% do not make it to China until September.

September – January:

Teach English at your School/College/University. You can expect to teach between 12 and 20 hours per week. *You should also factor in some additional time for lesson planning, corrections, staff meetings, English club (occasional, casual English-based gatherings between yourself & the students) etc.

PLEASE NOTE: SOME SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU TO DO SOME ‘OFFICE HOURS’ IN AND AROUND YOUR LESSONS, EFFECTIVELY MAKING IT MORE OF A ”9-5”. THIS TIME HOWEVER DOES PROVIDE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE LESSONS ETC, SO THAT YOU CAN COMPLETELY SWITCH OFF AFTER WORK. IT IS ALSO RELATIVELY ”RELAXED” (YOU ARE LIKELY TO FIND YOURSELF DRINKING TEA, TALKING WITH CHINESE COLLEAGUES, PLAYING AROUND ON LAPTOP, ETC). THAT BEING SAID, ROUGHLY 75% OF SCHOOLS DO NOT ENFORCE THIS ‘OFFICE HOURS’ ELEMENT AT ALL.

January-February:

All applicants will enjoy roughly 4 weeks paid holidays around mid January. You are free to travel both within and outside of China. Many teachers take this opportunity to explore the wonders of South East Asia. Indeed, while over that side of the world, it becomes very tempting to visit the likes of Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Japan, Korea, Indonesia or the Philippines. And why not!

Here is a video of 2 China 2015 applicants during their Winter holiday:

February-June:

Teach English at your School/College/University. As before, you can expect to teach between 12 and 20 hours per week. *You should also factor in some additional time for lesson planning, corrections, staff meetings, English club (occasional, casual English-based gatherings between yourself & the students) etc.

PLEASE NOTE: SOME SCHOOLS REQUIRE YOU TO DO SOME ‘OFFICE HOURS’ IN AND AROUND YOUR LESSONS, EFFECTIVELY MAKING IT MORE OF A ”9-5”. THIS TIME HOWEVER DOES PROVIDE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE LESSONS ETC, SO THAT YOU CAN COMPLETELY SWITCH OFF AFTER WORK. IT IS ALSO RELATIVELY ”RELAXED” (YOU ARE LIKELY TO FIND YOURSELF DRINKING TEA, TALKING WITH CHINESE COLLEAGUES, PLAYING AROUND ON LAPTOP, ETC). THAT BEING SAID, ROUGHLY 75% OF SCHOOLS DO NOT ENFORCE THIS ‘OFFICE HOURS’ ELEMENT AT ALL.

Your teaching contract will finish at the end of June. At this point, you may decide to return home, or you may decide to stay out in Asia for the summer (self-funded). You may even decide to do a second year of teaching! What you do after June is entirely up to you!