Location: Training takes place on Koh Samui,Thailand. Teaching placements are available throughout China.
Duration: Training includes 120 hours of TEFL training on location in Thailand, including in-class training in local schools. Teaching placements are minimum 12 months.
Cost: $1500 USD / £1150 GBP for 4 week course. See 'Costs' tab for further details
Salary: $800 to $1100 USD per month depending on location, school and experience.
Start Dates: Placement start dates for public schools in February and August, private language schools offer rolling start dates throughout the year.
- TEFL training with an Internationally accredited certificate, respected and recognised across the world.
- Guaranteed paid placement at the end of your training.
- Full assistance provided throughout your placement.
- International teaching experience working with adults and children.
- Excellent salary and benefits.
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It has become legend amongst ‘Teach English as a Foreign Language’ (TEFL) teachers that there are now more people learning English in China than there are English speakers in the US and UK combined - over 300 million Chinese people have studied or are currently studying English. Accounting for almost a quarter of the country’s population, this number represents an enormous opportunity for teachers who want to live in and experience the ‘real China’.
This program provides you with a unique opportunity to get paid work in China as an English teacher. During your time in China, you will not only teach but also become immersed in Chinese culture. On weekends and school holidays you will have the chance to travel around the country. Placements are available in both large cities and more rural areas, allowing you to get to know sides of China most visitors will never see.
The programme includes an intensive 4-week (120-hour) TEFL course near the beach in Thailand, which will arm you with all the necessary teaching theories, techniques, classroom experience and practice in an intercultural context.
The TEFL training course will take place on the tropical island paradise of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand. There are several start dates throughout the year, with a summer and Christmas break, allowing you to get started on your career whenever suits you best.
The four-week course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge needed for an excellent career as a TEFL teacher, with an emphasis towards working with Asian learners. As a native English speaker, you will also get to find out first-hand what learning a different language might be like, as your course will include foreign language elements. The training also includes real classroom experience in local schools and businesses, providing the perfect opportunity to prepare for your teaching placement. If your course takes place during the Thai school holidays, the in-class teaching will be offered as summer language camps for local kids (and adults!).
It is important to remember you will be living and working in a culture that is very different to what you are used to and learning what to expect in any given situation will greatly help you adjust to your new adventure.
Your course will also include time-management skills, to help you best plan out your working week once you start your teaching career.
Throughout the course, you will be set tasks, assignments and test, which will lead to a cumulative degree, included in your certificate. At the end of your training you will also receive a letter of recommendation as well as a personal assessment of the skills you have mastered during the course.
Teaching placements are available in numerous locations all over China, you can state your preference for location and school, however you will need to be flexible, as ultimately, it is up to each school to make the decision.
Before starting your training, you will be apprised of available teaching placements in China and together with the project co-ordinator, you will be able to discuss your preferences for age groups and locations. You will then be invited for a Skype interview with your selected school and given detailed information on both the school and your chosen city, so that you will be well prepared on your arrival in China.
We work with both public schools; language learning centres and universities, meaning you might work with both children and adult learners. You should expect to work 5 days a week, however your schedule will depend on nature of your placement. In many language schools, it is common to work evenings and weekends, and have 2 days off during the week. For university placements, you will need to show a minimum of 2 years teaching experience.
For your TEFL training in Thailand, you should aim to fly into Koh Samui International Airport (most commonly connecting in Bangkok), where you will be met by a course representative and taken to your accommodations, adjacent to the training centre.
During your training, accommodation is available in bungalows close to the training centre, starting at 10,000 THB (approx. $300 USD / £200 GBP) per month for a private bungalow or ฿12.000 THB per month for a shared bungalow.
Upon arrival in China, a school representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to your teaching placement location.
During your teaching placement in China, your accommodation might vary depending upon your individual contract with your school. Some schools and university contracts will include free accommodation, while other placements will give you a living allowance and cover the cost of your flights.
- Minimum age 21 – maximum 55.
- Native English speaker (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand citizen)
- BA or BSc university degree, education and language degrees are a plus.
- Willingness to dress and behave appropriately both in training and during your placement.
- Minimum 24 hours of teaching per week, including evenings and weekends.
- Willingness to adhere to and respect local customs and traditions.
- Necessary vaccinations.
- Necessary flights & visas. Return airfare reimbursement is sometimes available upon completion of your contract, however this will depend upon your chosen school and is not guaranteed.
- Full travel & medical insurance – this is not included. Please see our info pages for more information and to get a quote.
$1500 USD / £1150 GBP** GBP Project Fee*.
* Placements are secured through a non-refundable 30% deposit on the project fee.
** Currency conversions are approximate
*** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee.
Depending on your background and previous experience as well as location of your teaching placement, you can expect to earn between $800 and $1200 USD per month. Daily living costs are approximately $16 USD per day, leaving you plenty of room to save on your salary.
The Project Fee includes full 120 hour TEFL training course and certification, airport pick-up, welcome package (including stationary, teaching materials, loan of mobile phone) & in-country support.
Return airfare reimbursement is sometimes available upon completion of your contract, however this will depend upon your chosen school and is not guaranteed.
What’s Not included:
Flights (see above), visas, vaccinations, insurance and food are not included. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
We offer premium Pre-departure Support throughout your placement for an extra fee of £150 / $200. We will help you with everything you need for your trip, from start to finish.
This includes one-to-one assistance planning and booking;
- Essential Items
- and everything else needed to make your trip safe, smooth and successful. We will help from start to finish!
We also offer additional 24/7 Emergency Support for an extra fee of £150 / $200. In addition to the in-country support provided by the project coordinator, you and your family will have access to a phone number that can be called at any time of day - seven days a week. We will assist in any way we can to resolve any emergency situations, offering you and your family peace of mind at all times throughout your placement.
If you want Full Premium Support, you can purchase both of these together for a discounted fee of £249 / $299.