advice given by a CEO when being interviewed by the journalist of
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| As we know, the purpose
of most foreigners who come to work in China is to experience Chinese
culture, to learn about Chinese customs, and to
travel around. Then how to find a satisfactory job and have a good
time in China? Now, we invite the CEO of Angelina's ESL Cafe, to
answer the questions we are concerned about and give us some beneficial
Advice on when to apply:
In China, a new academic year in most schools starts at the beginning
of Sept. and ends at the beginning of July the next year, with a
winter holiday which seperates it into two semesters. So at present
it is the most crucial period of hiring foreign teachers for schools,
and is also the period when most foreigners come to apply. As a
result, the later you apply, the more competitors you will have
and the less vacancies are available. So Apply as early as possible.
Advice on which city to work in:
It seems that most foreigners are only familiar with several big
cities in China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and focus on
jobs in these cities. As a result, there are more applicants and
competition there, which leads to a relatively lower salary because
of the much higher living cost than that in other cities.
Advice: If you don't have any special reasons to work in big cities,
it would be a better choice to work in a relatively smaller city,
where the salary is almost the same as that in big cities but the
living cost is much lower, and what's more, the scenery is usually
more beautiful and the local people are more friendly.
Foreign Oral English Teachers at Tian'anmen Square
Advice on salary:
It is believed that the salary in China is quite low, the purpose
of most foreigners coming to work here is to experience instead
of earning money. Currently, the salary in an ordinary public school
is 4,000-5,000RMB per month (500-625 U.S. dollars per month, while
an ordinary Chinese teacher's salary is about 2,000RMB per month),
but the offer we provide will supply you with free, good-condition
accommodation, and delicious Chinese food is very cheap, so the
salary is enough for living and traveling in China .
Advice: You may be disappointed if you came to China just for money.
Working in China you may not earn much money, but you could experience
the special Chinese culture, enrich your experiences and afford
your travel in China with your salary. It is indeed a great plan.
Advice on the type of job:
Currently, most foreigners in demand in China are English teachers,
and these offers are mostly provided by schools. Schools are classified
into public schools and private schools. A few private schools promise
a high salary in advertisements, however, after having worked there
you may find out that a few private schools couldn't arrange a Z
or F visa for you to work in China, and it would be difficult to
get the entire salary they promised before, for reasons that they
don't take in enough students or the quality of you classes is not
good enough. And of course, it is illegal to wok in China without
a Z or F visa, while in public school, there is a Foreign Affairs
Office that will assist you in your work and daily life, provide
better accomodation for foreign experts, and the salary is paid
entirely according to the contract. Moreover, there won't be too
many classes, and you could enjoy all the holidays set by law as
well. Of course, these public schools will offer you Z or F visa
and Certificate of Foreign Expert.
Advice: Like most people, try to apply a job in public schools.
It is true that not all private schools have a poor credit, but
before accepting invitations from any employer, you should be recommended
by a foreign teacher who has worked there, or have a perfect contract
Advice on how to choose a reliable agency in China:
Pick up Foreign Expert at the capital airpart
Why do many schools would like to recruit foreign teachers by agency?
The reason is that recruiting English teachers is a very complicated
process, which needs things to connect immediately and confirm too
many details. There are numerous other things to deal with, so the
staff of Foreign Affairs Offices prefer to spend time on assisting
foreign teachers working in the school. As a result, it is very
convenient to consign recruitment to Angelina's ESL Cafe, which
has the best public reputation with its seven year long professional
history. The staff of schools is limited, so they can't respond
to the same questions of unqualified applicants individually by
telephone and Email. Therefore, they would like to put out recruitment
information together with the agency. We assist more than 400 schools
to recruit over 1200 foreign teachers every year. As we know, some
foreigners would like to contact schools directly without an agency,
and it is true that a few small agencies cheat foreigners and schools.
Then how to recognise the tricks of these agencies?
If the contact information of the school in the advertisement is
Email, without a telephone number, address, or the website of the
school, then it is possible that the advertisement is put out like
that because they know you want to contact the school only. However,
schools that want to contact foreign teachers prefer to leave different
contact methods, so that applicants could find out more information.
Don't trust this kind of advertisement, in which the information,
including treatment and conditions, may not be true. On arrival,
you may find that the person you contacted has disappeared, and
that treatment isn't at all the same as promised in the ad. Find
out if the agency cooperates with many schools.
In China, the agency that has good credit always cooperates with
a lot of schools, and information of different schools could be
found on the website of the agency. Moreover, as to any question
you ask, the agency will answer it by telephone, email or MSN in
time. If you couldn't find details of different positions from the
advertisement and website (for example , the requirement of different
positions, the treatment of applicants, an article and pictures
of the school and a sample of the contract etc), it is suggested
that you confirm the situation, and sign the contract by fax in
advance. Everything in writing is better.
A good agency will be more familiar with the requirement of school
than you. We will arrange a relatively good position, according
to the strength of applicant. Moreover, you could apply to 5 positions
at once, and we will give the applicant a definite answer or suggestion
in a very short time.
The basic requirements for applying to work in China:
The basic requirement of most public schools is for the applicant
to have a bachelor degree, and come from a country whose native
language is English. It would be better that the applicant's age
is between 20-60 years old. And those who have a TEFL certification
will be prefered. If the applicant doesn't have a TEFL certification
he could study the TEFL courses in China, and the certification
can be gained after 7 days. Also, we could help those who don't
have a bachelor degree to get a TEFL certification in Beijing, Jilin
and Guangdong and arrange a better job for them.
It is not necessary to worry that you know nothing about Chinese,
and even that you don't know how to use chopsticks. As an English
teacher most school want you to offer a complete English environment,
furthermore, in schools, the staff in Foreign Affairs Offices, and
Chinese English teachers can speak English (maybe including your
Chinese students), who will assist your work and daily life. Actually,
as long as you come from a country that speaks English or your English
is good enough that you are capable of being a good English teacher,
you could apply whether you have teaching experience or certifications
or not. Of course, during the time you work in China, you must follow
What are the advantages of applying for jobs in China via Angelina's
We provide over 1000 Full-time job vacancies at about 400 schools
every year,and more part-time English teachers needed around China.
We and the schools will provide you a Certificate of Foreign Expert;
Round trip air ticket; free, nice, well-equipped apartment; RMB
4,000-20,000 per month; one-month paid holiday and other allowances.
We also offer you Humanistic recommendations and consideration;
timely responses; most useful suggestions; tracking report on application
process; as the largest agency in China, Angelina's ESL Cafe serves
only serious applicants and Employers! Of course, all of our services
are free to any applicant!
Have more questions?
Team of Angelina's ESL Cafe-Foreign Affair Office