It really is as simple as 1-2-3!
1. Complete the Application Form
and provide a Resume giving a brief outline of your employment history with emphasis on any teaching or training
experience, especially TESL. Also, ensure that you list any academic certificates awarded you.
Send these TWO documents to TEACH CHINA in Beijing by email attachment
, fax or fast post [EMS, FedEx, UPS or similar]
b. Telephone: +86 10 8775 8197
Once these documents have been received by TEACH CHINA, processing will start.
3. If accepted, you will asked to submit the following documents
1. A copy of your most senior academic certificate.
2. Any TESL tutoring [Tesol, TESL CELTA etc] Certificates.
4. A letter of Reference from 3rd
5. Photograph, if not previously supplied.
6. Any other documents that you feel may assist your placement.
Provincial Foreign Affairs Offices [FAO] and Education Commissions will match you with vacancies listed with them from schools approved for employment of foreign teachers.
When advice is received from an FAO about a vacancy that matches your credentials, a copy of the prospective employer's contract appendix and questionnaire
will be sent to you, and if you are happy the terms and conditions, you should sign the Appendix and return it to TEACH CHINA within three days. It is not a legal document, only an
indication of your acceptance of the posting and genral terms and conditions . Fax or scanned copy OK.
PLEASE NOTE: Once you have signed and returned the Appendix you will be
expected to take up the position as your employer will have factored you into their faculty and roster and will be making ready your accommodation to ensure your
personal comfort. Also, your students will be preparing for your arrival
A word of caution. If you want a real job, teaching real students, in a real
government approved school or university, think about it, you are not coming to China for a three week holiday,
what greets you upon arrival, may be your cross to bear for many months. Please do not come to China on a
tourist visa and expect to find a job by knocking on doors, you will be disappointed and waste your money.
The Priceless Diary
First time in China, first time as a teacher of English as a 2nd Language. A mature Australian lady from Central Queensland, her experiences and thoughts.
Matters for your consideration after you have accepted a position to teach in China.
Its time to prepare.
Start any vaccinations your doctor may advise, pay particular attention to Hepatitis A & B
vaccinations. Also, please ensure that you are up-to-date with Tetanus, and ask for a Polio booster [not essential,
but sometimes advised] and perhaps the same for diphtheria and whooping cough. There has not been any cholera
in China for many, many years and typhoid is very unusal, and then only in remote areas. Malaria is not a serious
threat in China and is confined to some of the border provinces in southern China. If you are offered a position in an at risk area, you will be advised.
At law, any person being granted temporary residency in the PRC may be required to undergo a full medical
examination. If time is short (quite often the case due to the urgent need for teachers) the school may approve for
you to undertake you medical examination, including pathology and x-rays, in China at a hospital nominated by them and at their expense.
§ Visa Applications (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION)It is the responsibility of the teacher to obtain their own Visa from the Embassy or Consulate applicable to their location – please check with Beijing for advice on locations.
Upon being accepted by the school, college or university your employer will issue an offical Letter of Invitation for
you to join their staff and apply on your behalf for a Residency/ Work Permit from the local Provincial Foreign Affairs
Office. This is why a facsimile number is so important, as once these very important Official Government
documents are issued they will be faxed directly to you by TEACH CHINA, where upon you will be expected to
apply for your 'Z Visa' within seven days of receipt. Normally, these documents must be faxed. The Embassy or
Consulate must be satisfied that the document originated in China and consequently look for the China imprint. Without the Residency/Work Permit and the Invitation, both of which MUST be faxed directly to you. The China Embassy or Consulate CANNOT issue you with a Z or "Work" Visa unless these documents are submitted with
your application and sometimes they ask for the originals.The Visa Application is downloadable from the Net
. Chinese Embassies and Consulates are listed under
Sometimes it can take up to six weeks for the China Foreign Affairs Office to process a Temporary Residency
Application, especially when it is near the start of a semester and immediately after the semester has started.
Therefore, occasionally the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office will ask you to travel to China on a L [Tourist] Visa, which will be converted after arrival to a Z [Work] Visa. This is not a problem
if you are advised by TEACH CHINA to travel this way as you are guaranteed that your travel has been approved and authorised by the Provincial
Foreign Affairs Office and your visa will be converted very soon after your arrival at the school. § Travel to China
It is the responsibility of the teacher to organise and pay for their own travel to China
You may book flights within the arrival date parameters, but it is advisable that you do not pay for
airfares before being advised by TEACH CHINA as to when the school or university actually wants you to arrive.
Please obtain a PRINTED receipt from your travel agent for your paid airfare, as on rare occasions there have been
difficulties with reimbursement due to discrepancies. Without a receipt the school is obliged to pay (only) 3,000
RMB for each completed one-way sector, or the return airfare from your home airport to China at the most recently published discount rate.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU ADVISE BEIJING OF YOUR FLIGHT DETAILS BY EMAIL AND FAX OR TELEPHONE AT LEAST ONE WEEK PRIOR TO DEPARTURE.
Neither CTTR staff nor the schools are psychic. Some schools need to travel overnight to a major airport to meet
you; no confirmed advice and you may just find yourself stranded for up to 24 hours. No responsibility is accepted
for teachers who have not received confirmation of their flight details from Beijing. All teachers should preferably arrive in China on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
§ Internet based email address.
Yahoo, Hotmail or one of the other free Internet based email services make idea travelling companions for China,
Please advise TEACH CHINA of your new address so we may contact you whilst you are in China. Anyone with a notebook computer [with DVD player] will find it a real asset.
§ Time to pack to pack your bags
You can safely get ready to come to China (after you have been advised) for one of the most memorable and
exciting experiences of your life. Bring some cash $US 500+ [for use in the event of an emergency] AND an International Credit Card [Visa or MasterCard], not traveller's cheques or
Bank Access Cards. If travelling from an overseas country, bring local currency. There is no need to convert currency to US dollars - all negotiable currencies can be easily converted in China.
§ And finally
Miss Li's Handy Tips for a successful time in China
PLEASE READ THE PAGE ENTITLED CULTURE SHOCK
Bring your GSM or CDMA mobile/cell telephone (you will be able to buy a local prepaid SIM card and
IP card in China). Unfortunately, analogue cell phones do not work in China. Bring plenty of reading
material, as other than a few local weekly publications and tabloids, you will find a scarcity of English literature.
DVD's of the latest movies are freely available. A must bring is the camera [preferably digital]; however, 35 mm film is FREELY available, as is processing.
Make sure you send Next of Kin details to TEACH CHINA, accidents can sometimes happen.
Have you read the faq section?
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