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Samantha Pereira - 2013, Teach and Travel China Participant, Chengdu
SUMMER 2014 18 Places Left!

Your Ticket to Work and Live in China for 6 Months

Teach & Travel China

Have you always wanted to explore China in depth – going beyond the guidebooks and tourist attractions?

The Teach & Travel China program gives you the opportunity of a lifetime where you get to teach English in a Chinese school, immerse yourself in Chinese culture, learn Mandarin and travel around China.

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Beginning in 2005, this program has proven to be extremely popular and is the biggest TEFL training program in China that draws hundreds of participants from across the globe every year.

No teaching experience is necessary as our program includes a 1 month teacher training TEFL course.

Come join the 500+ people from around the world that participate each year, and immerse yourself in Chinese culture, share your knowledge with others and experience China in a way a tourist cannot!

Program Outline

Training & Orientation. The program begins with a four week intensive Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) training course in Beijing.

You will learn the skills required to teach English as a foreign language, as well as receive a comprehensive range of social and cultural activities during the training.

Teacher Internship. After the 1 month TEFL training period, you will be placed in a Chinese school as an English teacher intern.

Live, eat and breathe life as a local in China and receive the rewarding experiences that comes with being a teacher. You will also receive accommodation, meals, Mandarin classes and a monthly allowance.

After you have completed the training and internship, you will be an internationally certified TEFL teacher, which you could use to travel and work in countries like Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and many more!

Teacher Training & Cultural Immersion

The first part of the Teach & Travel China program is a 1 month intensive TEFL training held in Beijing.

What's included;

  • Pre-departure pack and information session
  • Visa assistance
  • Airport pickup
  • Welcome pack and welcome dinner
  • Team building and leadership training
  • Orientation detailing Chinese customs, laws and other essential information
  • Four weeks TEFL training course
  • TEFL certification for theoretical component
  • Mandarin classes
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Excursions to Beijing’s famous sites
  • Accommodation and meals provided
  • Graduation ceremony and farewell dinner
  • 24/7 support

English Language Company

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) training delivered as a major part of the TTC program leads to a comprehensive, internationally recognized TEFL qualification, in this case specifically aimed at teaching in Chinese Schools. No previous teaching experience is required.

The English Language Company (ELC) Certificate in TEFL comprises a total of 108 hours of training. Inclusive is both theory and practical education with a minimum one semester (approx. 5 months) teaching position.

The certificate is accredited by English Language Company (ELC), a leader in English language education based in Australia and winner of the Language Travel Magazine’s award for ‘Best Language School in the Southern Hemisphere’ in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

The ELC TEFL certificate is the culmination of rigorous training and practical experience. Depending on the participant's educational and supplementary qualifications, participants can go on to work around the world, using this qualification teaching English as a foreign language. For more information regarding ELC please visit 

The Wonders of China

China never fails to impress its countless visitors with its many unique characteristics.

The world's third largest country, China boasts a long and very rich history that spans many thousands of years. It also has some of the most recognizable sites of both natural and architectural beauty that will leave you breathless.

Whether you want to experience the fast-paced city life in major cities in the east, or authentic folklore of the ethnic tribes towards the west, there is never a lack of experiences for any visitor. Whether you prefer the balmy south or the frigid north, China is a destination that will not disappoint you.

Some of the most picturesque natural landscapes can be found in China and it is home to some of the most impressive historical structures built by man.

The most prominent of these structures has to be the Great Wall of China, which is the world's longest wall built for defense and has never ceased to amaze its visitors. Similarly, the Forbidden City and Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses are just as grand in their elaborate design and scale.

There are also the unique and colourful events and festivals hosted by China every year that are a major reason in itself for you to visit the country.

You will be treated to the most spectacular fireworks, lion dances and other traditional practices. Some of these festivals include the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival.

Economically, China is unrivaled in it's growth and recently became the 2nd largest ecomomy in the world! While most of the global economy is suffering under a recession, China continues to expand in all sectors.

Come and see why China is drawing millions of visitors from all over the world. 

Teaching Internship in a Chinese School

Upon successful completion of the TEFL training, you will spend a semester in a Chinese school as an English teacher intern as part of the Teach & Travel China program.

Placement Regions

We work with schools across China with limited numbers of placements in each region but we will endeavour to match your placement preference. Placement regions are in both cosmopolitan and less urbanized areas, but wherever you are we are sure you will have the time of your life!

Northern China includes Beijing and all provinces north of the Yangtze River. The temperatures are cooler than the south and humidity is low in the winter.

Southern China includes Shanghai and all provinces south of the Yangtze River. Temperatures are warmer than the north and can be very humid in the summer. 

You will always be placed with a fellow program participant so you don’t have to worry about being the only foreigner in your area.

Classroom Ages

During your one month training, our trainers will be assessing your progress and giving us feedback on what age group/s is suitable for you. This is taken into account along with your stated preference.

Age groups include kindergarten (2-6 year olds), primary (6-12 year olds), junior high (13-15 year olds), senior high (age above 15) and university/training centre (age above 18).

What am I Provided with?

  • Placement in a local school upon training completion
  • Allowance of 2000 RMB/month at your school
  • 2500RMB bonus upon completion of semester
  • TEFL certification for practical component
  • Conversational Mandarin classes
  • Accommodation
  • Meals (except for weekends and school holidays)
  • Newsletters
  • Optional travel tours
  • Request for 2nd semester or job placement related to your degree
  • 24/7 support through TTC office and staff in Beijing and local support groups


What is Teaching Like in China?

We work with a variety of schools all across China. This includes private and public schools, students of all age ranges, schools of all sizes and with varying English levels. 

Teaching will be different for everyone, but if you are open minded and dedicated then it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life!

You can expect to teach up to 15 hours face to face lessons and classes can range from one on one teaching to handling a class in excess of 60 students.

You can also expect to become involved in the school’s extracurricular activities with things like Mandarin corners and English competitions. Immerse yourself in school life and the community and you will be rewarded with a fulfilling and life changing experience.

It’s not all about the teaching! Make the most of the friends you have made in the training period and explore fully what China has to offer!

Read the personal experiences of current and past participants in our blog section.

Solaro Chan - Operations Manager

Solaro is a Canadian and graduated from University of Victoria in Canada. He has been active in China for last 4 years to bring education programs into China and work with schools.
Solaro is an International Marketing Manager of the company and has responsibility for the management of recruitment of participants and training programs conducted.


Niles Erikson – Senior Program Coordinator

Niles Erickson

Niles grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire in the United States.  He helped run a family business until his desire to travel carried him abroad.  He began his travels with jobs in Hawaii and volunteering in Costa Rica, and then found himself in China in 2009.

He taught English in Ningbo, Zhejiang at various schools and joined IES Global in Beijing in 2011.  His experience in the classroom and extensive knowledge of China has made him a strong addition to the TTC intern management team.


Cassie Shu - Senior Project Coordinator

Cassie was born in Pingtang, Guizhou Province and graduated with BA in Business English from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing in July 2009.
Cassie assists in communication with Chinese schools and companies whilst also providing advice and training for a schools. She also works with other programs contributing new ideas and methods.


Rachel Si - Program Coordinator

Rachel grew up in Gaoping in Shanxi province. She graduated with a BA in English Translation from Jilin Huaqiao Foreign Language Institute in 2008.
She joined the company in 2010 working with the Teach and Travel China program in placements and local coordination with Chinese schools. Marketing is key to her position in furthering our programs.

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