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3 weeks ago

Application Open

29th Mar 2021 12:00pm

Application Close

31st May 2021 12:00pm


We’re actively hiring amazing people from Australia and New Zealand, just like you, to join us in Shanghai, Beijing, and 60+ cities.

Teach English at one of our Kids and Teens schools, and you will earn a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.

Our dedicated team will help you with a fully sponsored visa and a seamless transition.

We also offer a world-class career development program with certification courses exclusively for our teachers to help them move into more senior positions within EF.

C'mon - The World is Waiting for You

Package includes:

Competitive local salary
(12,000 – 15,000 RMB monthly)

Performance bonus after 6 months
(Up to 2,000 RMB monthly)

Flight allowance

TEFL certificate

Health insurance

Legal Z work visa

Free hotel for your first two weeks

Flight to China
(select cities)

Airport pick-up upon arrival

Free Mandarin Chinese lessons

EF social & cultural events

21 days of paid holidays

Teaching requirements

While we welcome applicants with teaching experience, it is not a requirement for applying. You will, however, need these highlighted requirements to be issued a valid work visa. Don’t have all these documents on hand? You can apply and provide them later.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ability to live abroad for at least one year
  • A TEFL Certification
    No TEFL? No problem! Find out if you qualify for a FREE TEFL when you apply.
  • A Passport holder from:

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Teaching at EF


Teach in our fresh & modern classrooms, designed for EF by award winning architect William Lim. Our small class sizes create a vibrant environment that encourages interaction between teacher & student.


Experience the future of education with our tech-savvy learning platforms. Interactive whiteboards/touchscreen TVs, iPads, and constant developments from our Tech Team make us leaders in online/offline learning.


Our curriculum is developed in-house, keeping it fresh, fun, and relevant. We provide the materials you need to create a dynamic and innovative classroom even if this is your first teaching experience.

Career Development

EF Teacher Community

When you join EF in China, you don’t just join a company, you join a community — many of whom become your family away from home. Build relationships that last a lifetime with people from all over the world.

Teacher Testimonials

Ben H.


It’s very rewarding to see how students change and develop over time. You can see the children grow up physically and also ability-wise. It’s really amazing to be able to journey with them and see how they get to improve.

Camille O.

New Zealand

I’ve had the opportunity to work with different kinds of people from all over the world. It’s such a “United Nations” here. The cross-cultural sharing of ideas and strong work ethics has transformed me for the better.

Will S.


EF is the company which had the greatest impact on my professional growth & development. I made a career here because of my genuine passion for working in such a diverse & supportive workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be able to speak Chinese?

No. We actually never use Chinese in the classroom. Don't worry if you think that sounds strange; when you take our sponsored TEFL course, it will become clear how we do this. And when it comes to life outside of work, most cities in China have English road signs and English metro station names. Restaurants mostly have menus written in English, and if not, they generally have pictures. Learning some basic survival Chinese when you arrive, such as addresses for taxis, is recommended, although it is just to make things a little easier. Nowadays, you can do most of your daily tasks using translation apps in English!

Will I be able to save money?

Yes! While of course it depends on your lifestyle, you certainly can save on your teacher's salary. The salary is above average in China, so there's opportunity for you to save, pay off student loans, or put some money aside for holiday plans.

I don't have any teaching experience. Can I still apply?

Yes. While we value those with previous teaching experience, it is not a requirement. We will provide all the skills, training and professional development you need to feel confident in the classroom. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, we can support you with the rest.

I have never lived abroad before. Will it be difficult to adjust?

You are not alone. We have a large community of English teachers in China who are here to support one another. EF has its own social network for teachers to ask questions and seek assistance. Along with that, we organize social and cultural events for our staff so they can meet others and enjoy all that China has to offer.