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Join Teach & Learn China, a government sponsored cultural exchange program in beautiful Sichuan province. Full orientation is provided and program includes 4 month placement, Mandarin lessons, meals, RMB 2,000 living allowance, cultural excursions, flight contribution, 15 hrs of teaching per week & free accommodation!

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  • How it works
  • Dates & Deadlines
  • Locations
  • Why this program?
  • Skills & Qualities
  • About Sichuan
  • Why ESLstarter?
  • Practicalities
  • Fast facts
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  • We did it!
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Now accepting applications for the February 2017 in-takeNo Program Fee

Want to get off the beaten track and experience something new and exciting? Discover a world of hospitality in the heart of Western China!

You can spend 4 amazing months teaching English as a foreign language in Sichuan province, one of China’s most enigmatic and captivating regions. Join the Teach & Learn China Program!

In brief

Teach and Learn China
  • Spend 4 months teaching English as a foreign language in beautiful Sichuan province
  • Government sponsored program
  • Learn Mandarin (2 hours weekly)
  • Orientation in Chengdu
  • Accommodation & meals
  • Teach ​maximum ​15 ​in class hours weekly​
  • Cultural excursions
  • RMB 2,000 monthly living allowance
  • RMB 4,500 flight contribution
  • Arrive late February

Gold temple

How does the Teach & Learn China Internship work?

  • Take part in a full orientation along with many other native English speakers
  • Start your teaching adventure and gain heaps of actual classroom experience teaching English in China
  • Learn about Chinese language, culture & way of life!

Tasty Chinese food

About the Teach & Learn China program

Teach ESL abroad from primary to university level in some of the best international schools (successful candidates can select a preference and the regional coordinators will aim to accommodate this)

  • Couples and friends are welcome to apply
  • Focus is on improving students’ listening and speaking skills
  • In most cases at least 2 foreign teachers per school
  • All placements are with schools in Sichuan province
  • Schools assign a liaison to assist interns
  • 15 hours of face to face teaching per week
  • Get 2 hours of Mandarin lessons per week!

Chengdu City

Early evening in downtown Chengdu city, Sichuan province

Teach in China dates

  • Join the ​Spring in-take - ​February through ​late June / early July
  • Choose from one or two semester placements!

Deadlines

  • J​anuary 30th​

Locations

Chengdu, Guangyuan, Nanchong, Bazhong, Dazhou, Ya’an, Deyang, Suining, Guang’an, Meishan, Ziyang, Leshan, Neijiang, Zigong, Yibin & many more!

15 reasons why this internship in China is for you!

  • No program fee!
  • Airport pick up / drop off & transfer to orientation venue
  • Welcome dinner
  • One week orientation upon arrival. Your chance to:
    • Meet other interns who will be sharing this experience
    • Get thoroughly prepared for your placement through expert local knowledge, support and guidance
    • Brush up on cultural do’s and don’ts in China
    • Relax and check out the sights with your fellow interns
    • Cultural excursions
    • Includes free accommodation & meals
  • A monthly living allowance of RMB 2000. China is an inexpensive country by Western standards and so your living allowance goes a long way!
  • Flight contribution of RMB 4,500
  • Free accommodation throughout placement
  • Meals provided (during teaching days)
  • Mandarin lessons (at least 2 hours per week)
  • Sponsored by local government in Sichuan
  • 24/7 support from local team in China
  • Assistance with setting up local bank account & phone card
  • Visa sponsorship
  • FREE Latest Edition Lonely Planet E-guide to China
  • Go further! More TEFL job assistance after your China teaching adventure!

Skills & Qualities

  • No degree necessary
  • Fluent English speaker
  • Applicants from outside of native English speaking countries also welcome to apply
  • Cultural sensitivity

Pandas

About Sichuan province

Placement locations for the Teach & Learn China internships

The internships are located around Sichuan province, which literally means ‘Four Rivers’. Such is the sheer natural beauty of the region, Sichuan’s mesmeric landscapes almost defy belief. The northern, western and southern reaches of the province cumulate in immense mountain ranges, dotted with creaking wooden pagodas. The brooding Tibetan glacial mountains preserve a colorful local culture but then there are also fertile alpine valleys - great for hiking - and rolling grasslands that stretch into the horizon high up on the plateau! This feels like undiscovered China, a place you can you join Tibetans as they pay homage to the holy nature reserve of Yading, reflect in ancient monasteries that guard the jagged mountain peaks and get up close and personal with some of China’s most famous and fluffy residents, at the Giant Panda ecology park.

Experience it all in Sichuan!

  • Visit Tagong and spent time with the Tibetan nomads on the high altitude grasslands plateau
  • See the world’s largest Buddha statue in beautiful Leshan city
  • Soak up Qing Dynasty history in the ancient town of Langzhong
  • Feel like an extra from Lord of The Rings, and horse trek in the woods and mountains that surround the remote village of Songpan
  • Perfect the art of tea drinking in Chengdu (your orientation will be here). For tea buffs, Chengdu has 3,000 years of history meaning tea houses are crowded and the brews expertly served! The city also has a vibrant night-life and local dishes are fiery hot!

Why apply to teach in China through ESLstarter?

  • 100s of teachers placed into East Asia teaching programs every year
  • We will not take any of your salary
  • Full in country support
  • Our staff have taught English abroad and are passionate about helping others teach in this amazing county!
  • Great program for first time teachers and those who would like the security of having everything arranged for them including airport pick up
  • Join our Facebook communities & connect with lots of other ESLstarter China teachers before you go!
  • We’re pretty sure you won’t find more teacher Testimonials anywhere else!

Practicalities for teaching in China

Health Care

The standard of health care in China is extremely varied. Hospitals in the major cities are often on a par with Western levels and most doctors speak English. In the more rural conurbations, doctors and nursing staff tend to speak less English so it's worth taking a Chinese friend to help translate. Treatments and prescriptions are usually distributed at hospitals as opposed to private clinics and surgeries.

Food

Chinese cuisine is world-renowned, with preparation and serving elevated to art form status amongst a nation famed for their extravagant tastes! Peking duck, Shanghai pork bun and Cantonese dim sum are some of the better known delicacies hailing from Chinese Chu fang (cooking rooms). Less known but equally delicious dishes include Zhou (rice porridge topped off with chicken, beef or pork), thousand year old eggs (pungent duck eggs that have been preserved in ash and salt for one-hundred days) and Gobi Manchurian (cauliflower fritters doused in a spicy sweet and sour sauce).

Travelling in China

China has more than 1.352 million km of highway making even the smallest towns and villages easily accessible by road. Long distance soft-sleeper and soft-seat buses are comfortable although often slow. Travelling by train is an inexpensive and efficient alternative with high speed rail networks linking the major urban hubs. Domestic air-travel in China is relatively cheap with a range of budget options available.

What to bring & weather

Temperatures across this huge country are extremely variable with bitterly cold winters across northern China (-10 Degrees or colder). Summers (April to September) can be stiflingly hot and humid with typhoons hitting the southeast coast between July and September. Here's a quick check-list of what we'd recommend bringing with you:

  • Summer & winter attire
  • Anti-perspirant (very difficult to find in rural areas)
  • Adapter for your electronic devices
  • Big shoes (if you have large feet) - big shoes (and big feet!) are rarities in China
  • A good insect repellent

For good luck!

Fast Facts China

  • 1,286,975,468 - current population of China
  • 20,000 - number of characters in the Chinese language
  • 1,500 - number of miles that the Great Wall of China spans
  • 3240 - TV broadcast stations throughout China
  • 86% - literacy rate in China
  • 13,831,900- population of Shanghai, one of the most densely populated cities on earth
  • Red - a symbol of happiness for Chinese people
  • 2600 BC - the year that the world's oldest calendar, the Lunar Calendar, originated
  • US$40 billion - the estimated total cost of hosting the Beijing 2008 Olympics!
  • Bats - are a good luck symbol in China!

Watch Videos

Watch videos from the Teach & Learn China orientation and see interns teaching in China.

We did it!

When inquiring about ESL opportunities online, ESLstarter was the organization who responded immediately with thorough responses to all of my questions. The staff guided me through the entire process of applying to the program... Show more

...gathering the required documents, provided an affordable option for getting my ESL Certificate in a timely manner, advised me on prep for the Skype interview I had with the country education officials, securing my visa, information about health/travel insurance, and insights about my destination country. I am happy to announce that I am now teaching in China and it is incredible! ESL Starter ensured our contacts were available to pick us up at the airport in China, throughout orientation, and even checked back with us once we had settled into our host schools. If you have any questions about any ESL programs, I encourage you to contact ESLstarter.

Remah Brunning, Teach & Learn China

I completed my TEFL Express International course in 2012 so was sitting on it for a few years. I finally decided to put it to use a few months ago and applied for the Sichuan internship. To be honest I was nervous as I'd heard a few horror stories about overseas teaching placements turning out badly, but so far I've not the one bad experience to report. Show more

Regarding ESLstarter, Philip was always incredibly helpful and got back to me quickly. The whole application and interview process was nice and relaxed. Arriving in China we were all very well looked after. I was placed at a College and have now been teaching for three weeks. I absolutely love it. I have the freedom to plan lessons how I like, but the guidance of a textbook if I need it. The students, although shy, are mostly engaged and interested in learning about western culture. My fellow foreign teachers and I have truly been welcomed with open arms into the Chinese culture by our colleagues and students. I'm so happy to call Chengdu my second home!

Shannon Swainston, Teach & Learn China

Having wanted to teach abroad for quite some time, I decided to take the leap forward with ESLstarter. I discovered the agency by chance and from there it was a smooth transition from England all the way to China. Show more

I have been living in Chengdu for the past month now and can easily say that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. With the help of Phil and the rest of his team, I was able to collect and prepare all of the appropriate documentation and was informed on a regular basis of the progress in my applications. If you asked me 3 years ago whether I believed I could be a teacher the answer would have been a resounding “no”. However, now I am here and I have settled into life as a TEFL teacher I can happily say that I am having the time of my life. Would I recommend ESLstarter? I would every single time.

Sean Lee, Teach & Learn China

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FAQs

What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and once you have completed a TEFL qualification, you can teach ESL abroad in a wide variety of countries. There are a few different types of courses for teaching English in Asia, the UAE and many unique destinations, however TEFL and TESOL courses (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are the most common.

How do I learn TEFL?

You can learn TEFL in a number of ways including university courses and even internships in various locations such as China and Argentina. English Language teaching allows you to broaden your horizons and gain experiences you will not find anywhere else. Learning TEFL will allow you to embark on various different adventures including teaching in Asia, South America and the Middle East and considering global language training is becoming increasingly popular, international schools are always crying out for additional ESL teachers.

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