Teaching Careers in China


Due to increasing expansion across China within our Kids & Teens schools we are able to offer FREE upfront flights to many locations for a limited time.

We’re looking for amazing ESL teachers to join us in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and many other cities across China. Teach English to adults, children or at our online schools. Receive a great salary, competitive benefits and meet people from all over the world.

Learn more about how our jobs can get you started on a once-in-a-lifetime teaching career. Once you have experience in teaching, progress along the EF career path. Become a Senior Teacher, Director Of Studies or move into Product Development, Recruitment or Marketing.

Teach, travel and train with EF English First.

An experience you will never forget.

See Michael’s journey from applying to be a teacher with EF to his first two weeks in China

Join a supportive community of EF staff and teachers from day one. We’re here to provide the support you need every step of the way, from preparing your legal work visa to airport pickup. Learn how to order food in Chinese with our free language classes or attend a company sponsored social or cultural event. There's so much to experience living abroad and you’ll experience it to the fullest with EF.

Teaching at EF English First

EF English First, a division of EF Education First the world’s leading privately owned education company. Founded in 1965, EF operates in over 50 countries around the world. We have vacancies for teaching positions across China so if you prefer the fast paced city life like Shanghai, or want to be immersed in the more traditional culture of a smaller city, we probably have the position for you. We have both Kids & Teens schools and Adult schools in over 60 Cities in China.

Be part of our growing community of teachers

About EF English First


At EF English First, you’ll be provided with the resources to become the best teacher you can be. Our new and colorful classrooms offer state-of-the-art technology including Internet connected computers, interactive whiteboards or touchscreen TVs and iPads. We also offer a world-class teacher development program with certification courses exclusively for our teachers to help them move into more senior positions within EF.

-  A Bachelor’s Degree

-  A TEFL Certification (EF TEFL sponsorship available)

-  Passport holder from UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa or New Zealand

-  The ability to obtain a clear background check

-  Ability to live abroad for at least one year

  • 13,000 - 15,000 RMB monthly, based on qualifications
  • 8,000 RMB annual flight allowance
  • Performance bonus after 6 months up to 1,950 RMB per month at our Kids & Teens schools
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • 10,000 RMB salary advance available
  • Health insurance
  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Free hotel for your first two weeks at EF English First
  • Sponsored accreditations including Cambridge TKT, Trinity CertTESOL, Trinity DipTESOL and DELTM
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons
  • Weekly EF sponsored social & cultural events
  • Employee discount scheme
  • Job rotation scheme



"At EF, we tend to share the same sense of adventure and community. We talk about new places to visit and things to do. Being a teacher is not a desk job. It’s hectic and can be hard work, but also fun. There's something that surprises me every day working in China that I know I wouldn't find anywhere else."

46,500 – Number of EF staff, faculty and teachers

1965 – Year EF was founded

539 – EF schools and offices worldwide


5 – Percent of staff who relocated overseas last year to EF schools around the world

1 – Amazing career

116 – Number of countries with EF operations and partnerships

Teach English, travel and train with EF English First.

London (UK)

EF Education First

22 Chelsea Manor Street,

London SW3 5RL. UK.

Tel. +44 (0)7341 8638

+44 (0)207 341 8500

UK office hours.

Boston (USA)

EF Education First

1 Education Street,

Cambridge, MA 02141 USA

Tel. +1 617 619 1000

USA, East Coast office hours.

Shanghai (China)

EF Education First

1st Floor, Jiu An Plaza,

258 Tongren Road,

Shanghai, China 200040.

Tel. +86 (21) 6039 5868

China office hours.

Official Language Training Supplier to 6 Olympic Games 

Winner of the Highest Employee Satisfaction Award by China Business Journal 2015

National Five Star Gold Teacher Team Award from

Recipient of the China Charity Festival's Innovative Charity Award

Holder of 2 Guinness World records

EF English First is a division of EF Education First Worldwide

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