New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

Teaching in China

For many New Zealanders China is now an important stopover on their OE; a fascinating country to visit and perhaps have the opportunity to earn a few dollars.

The demand for native English speaking teachers is strong and many New Zealanders find their language ability is viewed as an asset. It is no surprise then that many travelers sign up to teach English on contracts that can appear attractive.

Most teachers have enjoyed their experiences in China. But unfortunately some do encounter problems. The key to happy and fruitful employment as a teacher is to be employed by a reputable school. We advise anyone considering accepting a teaching job to ask the school for names and contact details of teachers past and present, and contact them directly to ask about conditions. Keep in mind that there is no shortage of teaching jobs. Do not accept anything you are not comfortable with.

The following pages will discuss a range of issues faced by foreign teachers in China. These fall into three main areas:

  • Employment contracts
  • Visa status; and
  • Salary and tax status

There are also sections on:

  • Types of English language schools
  • Sources of information
  • How the Embassy can help

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