Teach English in Shijiazhuang

Teach English in Shijiazhuang (China)

This Shijiazhuang school is expanding to accommodate the growing demand for English education. Shijiazhuang is a regional transportation hub that offers all the conveniences of modern living without the over-the-top bustle of some of China’s supercities. New and old teachers are offered a very competitive salary with the opportunity to teach English to the next generation of one of China’s fastest growing cities.

Teach English in Shijiazhuang and you will make lasting memories!

Job Description

  • 27 teaching hours + 5 office hours per week (including prep time).
  • 2 consecutive days off.
  • Students: 3-14 years old, classes usually have 8-12 students.

Classes are set based on students’ ages and their English levels.

The school uses its own teaching materials and will supply a basic training course for new teachers. Computers, internet, and interactive whiteboards are available to help teachers make the most of their lessons.

Salary and Benefits

  • 18,000 – 20,000 RMB (2,800-3,100 USD) per month (based on experience and qualifications).
  • Health insurance.
  • Airport pickup.
  • Arrival hotel paid for by the school for 3 days.
  • 22 days paid holiday, including national holidays.
  • China visa costs covered by the school.
  • 1 week of comprehensive training, paid for by the school. Additional training activities are possible.

Job Requirements to Teach English in Shijiazhuang

  • A passport from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand or South Africa.
  • A bachelor’s degree or better.
  • A 120-hour TEFL certificate or better. No TEFL yet? Get discount on a course.
  • A clear criminal background.

Why Teachers Love Shijiazhuang

Shijiazhuang – often called ‘Shiz’ by the expats who call it home – is probably one of the fastest growing cities in China. With amazing rail connections to practically all places in China, Beijing is an hour away, and Shanghai, Xian, and even Guangzhou are easy to get to by high-speed rail.

The local airport cheaply connects to a whole bunch of other places and you can even fly direct to Thailand for some fun in the sun. If you’re keen to exploring locally, it’s a fantastic hub to explore a massive country!

Shopping is covered by a large range of department stores scattered across the city covering all tastes, from cheap to designer brands, imported products, and endless electronic goods. There’s a wide range of market malls in the north that is an experience entirely unto themselves, or you can just order online from Taobao and have your shopping delivered directly to your door.

When you teach English in Shijiazhuang you’ll always have something to do. There is a bunch of bars in a mall complex called Wanda that caters really well to foreigners, and a western bar chain called Ellen’s is really popular (and better priced, too). Clubs can be a little pricey but worth it if you’re looking for a good party!

For some good healthy fun in ‘the Shiz’ we’ve also got hot spa complexes, a large zoo with a funfair, an indoor swimming pool, an aquarium with mermaid shows, an ice rink, a whole range of cinema complexes from IMAX to 4D, an indoor garden, a ski slope, and bowling alleys.

The Shiz is surrounded by mountains that are great for hiking, and also a whole range of culturally significant places that make for really pleasant day trips. There’s an ancient city called Zheng Ding about thirty minutes away by bus to the North that has some incredibly well-preserved pagodas and relics from ancient China.

With so much to do in town, foreigners who teach English in Shijiazhuang will have a great and active time. A year will fly by so quickly that you’re almost sure to teach English in Shijiazhuang again!

Living in Shijiazhuang

How Far Will Your Salary Go?

Teach English in Shijiazhuang and have plenty of money left each month! According to www.expatistan.com, here’s what you can expect to pay in this city:

  • Basic Lunchtime meal – 38 RMB
  • Monthly public transit ticket – 93 RMB
  • Mid-range dinner for two – 200 RMB
  • 2 movie tickets – 95 RMB
  • A cocktail at a club – 29 RMB
  • A pint of domestic beer at a pub – 24 RMB
  • Cappuccino – 32 RMB
  • Gym membership – 312 RMB

More About the School Chain

The school focuses on the support and development of their teachers. On arrival, teachers go through a training session which covers all areas needed to teach a wide array of classes. There is ongoing teacher development in the form of class observations, workshops and team teaching. The supportive environment ensures that teachers are able to grow to their full potential.

Teachers are encouraged to explore the local culture and neighbouring countries to get a well-rounded experience during their time teaching English in Shijiazhuang.

Teachers can grow and develop with the company and move up into varying roles such as teacher manager, teacher trainer, teacher recruitment, marketing, sales and other roles.

Meet a Current Teacher: Gareth

My name’s Gareth and I’m a teacher in Shiz, I came over to China over a year ago looking to see more of the world outside of the UK and challenge myself through new experiences.

I love living here and have found the city to be a busy metropolitan hub of activity, on my day’s off I’ve travelled far and wide across the North and love finding out new things and unravelling all the mysteries that make this culture so special.

Shijiazhuang is a compact brand new city that’s easy to travel around and explore, it’s grown so fast that basically, all the people here come from everywhere else, giving it more of a modern vibe than most cities in the North. It’s accessibility means finding things to do is simple, and it’s a fantastic travel hub to every other place here.

I’ve found China to be different in many ways from life in the UK but I’ve had lots of help fitting in here, from my colleagues at the school and the good people of the city. In my time off  work I love travelling around the city, drinking coffee and watching sci-fi series.

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