Live, Work & Travel in China

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China Foreign Teachers Union - A volunteer organisation composed of foreign teachers working in China dedicated to promoting creative and progressive education as well as protecting the interests of foreign teachers in China. Check out the blacklist and the whitelist before accepting a teaching job in China.

Machik - Machik works to develop new opportunities for education and training for communities on the Tibetan plateau. Applications are welcome from highly motivated volunteers and interns who are dedicated to community service and committed to grassroots work.

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Employment in China

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services

American International Education Foundation - A non profit organization, dedicated to promoting American education abroad. The English Teacher Placement programme is coordinated between in California and places teachers in accredited schools in China.

Appalachians Abroad Teach in China - The Appalachians Abroad Teach in China Program (AATC) is an opportunity for qualified individuals to teach or study in China. Founded in 1995, AATC is a non profit programme designed to build educational and business relationships between the Appalachian region and China. The programme is a part of the Center for International Programs at Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia. Though focused on the Appalachia region, the program is open to individuals from all across the U.S. and Canada who have the qualifications and desire to be a teacher and "goodwill ambassador".

Asia System Media - Teaching English in China.

Aston English - Has nearly 50 schools across China and have employed over 1000 foreign teachers since it started in 1996. Beginning with one school in Dalian, Aston now has schools in Dalian, Jinan, Xian, Xianyang, Dandong, Changchun, Shenyang, Qingdao, Hanzhong, Lianyungang, Taiyuan, Weinan, Baoji, Guiyang, and many more places.

Aston Language Centre - Teach English or learn Chinese. Aston also offers internships for overseas university students or graduates seeking to gain work experience. Another option is volunteer English teaching where Aston will sponsor you by providing free accommodation, transportation and access to Chinese lessons in your spare time.

Buckland International Education - Recent graduates, undergrads and retirees recruited for English teaching in China.

Colarado China Council - Founded in 1977, the Colorado China Council (CCC) is a non-political, educational outreach organization dedicated to developing programs to deepen the American public's understanding and appreciation of China's history, culture and contemporary life. Colorado China Council does this by sending people to China for either a month in the summer, or a semester or a full year to teach English at Chinese universities. As teachers they will also share American history and culture with their Chinese students.

Find Work Abroad - Offers a service to anyone looking to teach English in China. Also modeling and other jobs.

Recruit 4 China Teacher Recruitment - A licensed expat managed ESL recruitment service based in mainland China.

Teaching Nomad - A Western owned teacher placement agency based in Shanghai, China, connecting teachers with schools around the country. Jobs are also available in Taiwan and the Middle East.

V E T Program - The Volunteer English Teacher program places teachers in the poor rural schools in southern China.

WorldLink Education - Teach in China or study subjects such as a variety of martial arts under the instruction of teachers who were Chinese National Champions.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in China

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work

China Foreign Teachers Union - A volunteer organisation composed of foreign teachers working in China dedicated to promoting creative and progressive education as well as protecting the interests of foreign teachers in China. Check out the blacklist and the whitelist before accepting a teaching job in China.

China Scambusters - What you are not supposed to know about your wages in China. While it has been a while since this site has been updated it is still worth a look through if considering teaching in China.

Clever China Cheaters Exposed - While it seems the site is no longer updated there are a few things to make us think carefully when looking to work in China.

Norwood English - Online TEFL courses for Teachers including TEFL Certificate, Grammar for Teachers, Teaching Business English, Teaching Children and Diploma in TEFL Research . They also offer practical training and job placement in China.

Robert’s China Blog – Robert aims to help you make an informed decision about whether or not you should teach in China.

Teaching in China,net - A website by the mother of Darren Russell, who left to teach in China in December 2004. After quiting his fraudulent teaching job Darren was robbed and ultimately murdered. The site provides a list of questions to ask before entering into an employment contract in China.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in China

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Beijing Hutong School - The Hutong School organizes internships in combination with Chinese classes for students on gap years, graduates and young professionals who want to gain working and living experience in China.

CnAdventure.com - Offers tours in China including the Student Travel Educational Program designed for people who are interested in Chinese language and culture by providing an educational tour that consists of rugged and adventurous travel, community service, culture exchange, home stay and language leaning.

EduPeace Group - Offers paid internships, scholarship programmes and a Chinese culture and language camp.

Getin2china - Varied internship programmes, Chinese lessons, courses and tours.

Go Abroad China - Cross-cultural experiences in China including Mandarin immersion, internships, volunteer work, teaching, travel, high school programmes, study tours and home stays.

Machik - Machik works to develop new opportunities for education and training for communities on the Tibetan plateau. Applications are welcome from highly motivated volunteers and interns who are dedicated to community service and committed to grassroots work.

Sanya Backpackers - Meals and accommodation are provided for doing basic chores and house-keeping for half a day of work on the Chinese island of Hainan. A one month minimum commitment is required.

Tra Ling Boy's School - Volunteers can play a role in helping to preserve and protect Tibetan culture. During the summer months they are in need of English teachers willing to teach for a period of at least one week. Basic accommodation and food provided.

University of Manchester Study China Programme - A China programme open to students of UK universities holding an EU/EEA passport.

WWOOF China - Aside from the membership fee money doesn't change hands between volunteers and hosts but in China (and some other developing nations) WWOOF is trying something new. In an effort to encourage families in poor communities to become hosts, WWOOF is waiving the annual host fee, and allowing hosts to charge volunteers up to US$4 per night.

Living in China

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

HKExpats.com - A portal specifically designed for expats moving to and living in Hong Kong. It is run by expats for expats.

Lihong - Homes in Beijing. Includes an A to Z of living in the city.

Shanghai Expat - Articles and blogs, job boards a busy forum, a registration form for people interested in volunteering and plenty else for Shanghai based expats.

Square Foot - A property portal for Hong Kong.

Travelling in China

Accommodation & Getting Around

China Travel Guide - Travel information from a Chinese tour agency.

Shanghai China - China Travel provides Shanghai travel information and tips on Shanghai weather, transport, attractions, shopping, hotels and nightlife in Shanghai.

Other Useful Chinese Websites

Culture, News...

China Daily - English language newspaper.

China Scam Patrol - Highlighting the numerous scams originating in China.

ChinaSMACK - Provides non-Chinese language readers a glimpse into modern China and Chinese society by translating popular and trending Chinese internet content and netizen discussions from China’s largest and most influential websites, discussion forums, and social networks into English.

Chinese-forums.com - An online community of people with an interest in Chinese language and culture.

E Z Learn Chinese Academy - I'm sure it's not easy but these guys provide plenty of online lessons to make it less hard to read and speak Chinese.

South China Morning Post - HK based English language daily.