Teach in Shenzhen
Teaching in China is an awesome way to see the world and save money at the same time. If you're ready to escape the 9 to 5 and live a life of adventure here's what you can expect:
Average salary of 20000 RMB per month, depending on you qualifications and the job location
A free, furnished apartment for the first 3 months to help you settle
Upfront flight ticket for teachers with a bachelors degree
Working visa provided to you by the school
Health and accident insurance
Cultural and social activities
40 hour work week with 2 days off
As an English teacher in China, you get a relatively high post tax salary. The living cost, even in the big cities, can be very low and so this means you are able to save a lot of money. Most teachers can save US$12000 per year without even trying.
If you budget well and take on extra part time work, you can save $20000+ per year, after all your living expenses!
As a new teacher you will receive full training on arrival in China, and be supported in every aspect of setting up your new life. This includes help with getting a Chinese bank account, SIM card and being shown around the city.
Teaching in China most of the time, doesn't feel like work. You walk into a room full of enthusiastic, cute children and teach them basic English words and phrases. The whole lesson is based around playing games and activities.
You have two days off each week, and plenty of national holidays. When not at work, teachers generally take trips around China or other countries in Asia. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines...all are just a $100 round trip from southern China!
It's easy to make friends here. Either with the locals who are eager to get to know foreigners, or with the other teachers in your city. All cities in China have multiple expat bars and different locations where teachers hang out.
Shenzhen is a large city in southern China, located right on the border of Hong Kong. It is a modern metropolis with a population of 12 million. With its palm tree-lined streets and huge shopping malls, Shenzhen is quite distinctive from other Chinese cities. It is a vibrant technology hub and best known as the 'silicon valley of China'.
Shenzhen has 3 CBDs: Futian, Luohu and Nanshan. Each has large shopping and entertainment complexes, as well as skyscrapers and office buildings. Amongst these are 'urban villages': local neighborhoods where you can grab a cheap bowl of noodles or get your hair cut for 20 rmb. This mix of the modern and traditional gives Shenzhen a charming 'East meets West' feel, similar to Hong Kong.
Getting around Shenzhen is very easy. There is an extensive subway system that spans all districts of the city and even connects to the Hong Kong subway (getting between the two cities takes around 1.5 hours). This makes Shenzhen an ideal location for those who want to explore further afield on their days off.
Shenzhen has a tropical climate with hot summers, mild winters and almost year-round sunshine. It has the best air quality of any Chinese first-tier city.
As a relatively new city that grew from a small fishing village in the 1970s, Shenzhen has a vibrancy to it. It is an immigrant city with people coming from all over China to seek a better life. As such, it is very diverse and you can find cuisines from every corner of China, as well as foreign restaurants.