Paid Teaching Internship in China

From AU$2665
6 Months
Paid work

The China Internship is a triple whammy – a qualification + valuable work experience + travel.  

Boost your CV by spending a semester working in China.  Soak up the amazing culture during a 5 month paid and supported English teaching internship.

No experience is necessary as you’ll receive all the training you need during your TEFL/TESOL qualification, and you don't need to speak a word of Mandarin Chinese. The in-country group induction helps ease you into life in China and is heaps of fun.

How much does it cost and how much will I earn?

The up-front program fee is $2,665 (which you earn back over the course of your internship). The internship package includes a globally recognised TEFL/TESOL course and qualification, in-country group orientation week, 5 months of accommodation, 5 months of meals (M-F), Mandarin Chinese lessons, a touring day in Beijing inc a visit to The Great Wall, airport pick-up in Beijing, transfers to and from your placement location, local 24/7 support team and pre-departure support and guidance.

What will I do?

You will be prepared as an English language teacher with an emphasis on Teaching English as a Foreign Language through conversation, composition, reading, and literature.  An industry-standard 120-hour theoretical TESOL/TEFL course, completed online before you leave home, is complemented by practical teaching practice during your first week in China.  The comprehensive 5-day orientation program teaches you Chinese customs and culture with lots of fun group activities.  You’ll also enjoy a day of sightseeing around Beijing city and out to the Great Wall!

Participants are allocated a teaching placement that takes into account your own preferences as well as the selection criteria of the schools.  You will write lesson plans, prepare and deliver classes around 15-20 hours per week. 

Your accommodation will usually be an apartment shared with another participant of the same gender, with your meals taken at the school canteen – the quality and variety of food on offer is top notch and you won’t go hungry.

Where will I go?

The first week is spent training in Beijing with other participants from around the world.  The location of your school placement may be in one of many different cities across China, from Shanghai to Inner Mongolia, Shanxi to Guangxi.  You may be teaching kindy kids as young as 4, primary aged students 6 to 12 or those in high school up to age 18.

How is this good for my career?

Work experience is super important for your CV, whatever field you intend going into.  Future employers want employees who’ve gone out of their comfort zones to try something new and return the better for it.  China is a massive influence in the world and having experienced its culture will open up doors for your future. If you think you want to become a teacher or if you’d just like to travel to another country without the hindrance of a lack of funds to support your traveling, this gap year program is ideal.

What did previous participants think?

"The internship was amazing, I’m really glad I’ve done it.  Teaching has really helped build my confidence. " Sophie from ACT

”China was unlike anything I've ever experienced.  Life was good, the food was great, money was a non-issue. Thank you so much for getting me there, easily the best decision of my entire life!"  Rory from VIC

"The internship can be difficult at times (teaching 50 plus kids who speak very little English), but it is definitely rewarding. Totally Travel are very organised and professional company and I would highly recommend using them for your next trip." Jess from VIC

How do I apply?

If you're interested and want some more info or to apply to this program, chuck in your details below or download the info pack and someone will be in touch to help you out!


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