Try Something Different. Hundreds of Positions Now Available!
EF English First is looking for enthusiastic individuals in Casual Work to join our global team in China for the experience of a lifetime. Every year, candidates with varying work and educational experiences teach English with us. We offer you the opportunity to work abroad, experience new cultures, and travel in your spare time—all while earning a full-time salary.
EF will provide you with the training and support in obtaining the qualifications you need to be a star teacher. You don’t need to have teaching experience or speak Chinese to qualify. We will even pay for your flight to China if you teach in one of our selected locations.
All you have to do is take the first step and submit an application!
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Competitive local salary
(12,000 – 15,000 RMB monthly)
Performance bonus after 6 months
(Up to 2,000 RMB monthly)
Legal Z work visa
Free hotel for your first two weeks
Flight to China
Airport pick-up upon arrival
Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
EF social & cultural events
21 days of paid holidays
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.
Willing to live and work in China for at least one year
A TEFL Certification
No TEFL? No problem! Find out if you qualify for a FREE TEFL when you apply.
Willing to bear the cost of living and/or education for any dependents you plan to bring to China (carefully research before applying)
A passport holder of AND have a Bachelor’s degree (all majors accepted) from:
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.
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.
I knew EF as a company before I even started looking for a job. You see EF schools in the UK. Having the idea of a big international company, you feel more secure & confident about all the benefits you get.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with local Chinese people, Americans, Brits, etc. It’s such a “United Nations” here in Shanghai. The cross-cultural sharing of ideas and strong work ethics has transformed me for the better.
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.
Founded in Sweden
Schools and offices around the world
Years in China
Training centers in China
Cities in China
Official Language Training Services Exclusive Supplier of Beijing 2022
Winner of Best Companies to Work for in Asia ® Awards 2020 by HR Asia
National Five Star Gold Teacher Team Award from Sina.com
Recipient of the China Charity Festival’s Innovative Charity Award
Holder of 2 Guinness
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.
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