There are many reasons you may want to consider teaching in China, but don’t just take our word for it, discover what it is really like first hand from some of our teachers…
Jenny HoperFoshan Read more ›
"Foshan is a really nice safe city. You get to eat out all the time and it's such a social environment. It's great if you're someone who wants to say yes to everything! "
Hannah GarbettFoshan Read more ›
"Definitely come with an open mind! I've really enjoyed being around the kids. Hearing them shout "Teacher Hannah" never gets old! "
Aaron LemboZhangjiagang (Suzhou) Read more ›
"The experience has been great! I've gotten on really well with the other teachers I've met. Waking up and looking out of the window, seeing I'm in China is still mad! "
Akshay and AnnaChangsha Read more ›
"The TEFL in China Training is so useful. It's been reassuring and confidence boosting and has been such a great part of the program."
Emily BeckwithShenzhen Read more ›
"Arriving in China is an interesting experience, but luckily there's a great team to help you move in and get settled! Things happen very quickly but everything is done with a smile and the people will help you out if you need it. I'm absolutely loving it! "
Dominic De CoutoBeijing Read more ›
"The Teacher training at Aihua very impressive. It was simple but effective, fun and interesting! My first few lessons made me realise I could teach, even having had no experience beforehand. There's always something to do in Beijing, and there's always something you 'want' to do in Beijing!"
Helena DuncanFuzhou Read more ›
"On my first weekend, I went with several other teachers to take a day trip to Qishan, a national forest park. A teacher had arranged for a van to take us there, a trip that took a couple of hours after some navigation and communication issues, but we finally made it to the mountain and began our hike. It was great to get out of the city and see the mountainside...the trip was also a way for me to chat with teachers from other branches and hear about their experiences."
Auriana RobertsFuzhou Read more ›
"It is amazing to immerse yourself into another culture. Meeting other expats from around the world who have all come together for a similar reason makes me feel more connected to them. Trying new foods and traveling around Asia are so fun! I have also discovered my passion for learning Chinese.
Gareth VealeChengdu Read more ›
"Have an open mind and expect to be overwhelmed, but work through it as after settling in the experience is incredible."
Claudia McNultyChengdu Read more ›
""Before starting my role as an English teacher, I was under the impression that the work would be long and tiring during my working days, but I found it to be completely the opposite. My children were agreeable and easy to teach.""
Ryan HenshallChengdu Read more ›
"The energy and ‘buzz’ of the country is something to marvel at, yet the openness of the Chinese to welcome you as one of their own is what truly struck me."
Laurence CoutierImmersion Program - Guangzhou Read more ›
"We were living in an beautiful apartment in Tianhe District, it was a very safe and spacious area... My host family was very lovely, I’ve learned a lot from them and I will miss living with them. They liked to learn about my culture and enjoyed sharing information about the Chinese culture."
Luke EdwardsBeijing Read more ›
"The transition has almost been too easy – I feel like I am already a veteran! "
Jon FoyMianyang Read more ›
"We had a nice community of ex-pats in our city. Chinese people were very accommodating and friendly also. Some great friendships were made."
HampusGuangzhou Read more ›
"I had such an amazing time I have fallen in love with Guangzhou and its people. I can honestly say I’m already excited about my next trip to China."
Oisin SweenySichuan Read more ›
"It was life-changing, in a very positive way. I would encourage anyone who asked me to live and work in China for a year, particularly Sichuan. It was an amazing cultural experience and will give you an entirely different outlook on life."
Sarina SchrammChengdu Read more ›
"Applying with a friend/partner seems quite common and Opportunity China were very helpful putting us in the same city and even with the same school!"
Vincent TaylorHangzhou Read more ›
"I have done and seen things I would not of imagined . I still think I will wake up and it will all be just a dream."
Sam MartinFuzhou Read more ›
"Outside of school I have been to Shanghai twice, Hong Kong once, and to a place with glorious mountains, waterfalls, and hot springs called Yong Tai."
Josh OakleyHangzhou Read more ›
"So far I have visited Shanghai on multiple occasions, Nanjing, Wuzhen and all around Hangzhou. I also have upcoming trips to Vietnam and Japan booked, with lots of China travelling planned in between."
Jack OakleyHangzhou Read more ›
"I like the excitement and buzz that hangs around every street. I wake up every day not knowing what I will see, or hear on my way to work, or on our days off. The food is fantastic. We already have our favourite dishes."
Ami RaistrickFoshan Read more ›
"I have been here for nearly 3 months now and I've had the best experience in China so far."
Jack and LouiseFuzhou Read more ›
"Our favourite thing about China so far is the general excitement of day to day life. The experiences and challenges we face have opened our eyes to a completely new culture and way of life."
Emma PowerFuzhou Read more ›
"Our school has a community of over 100 ex-pat teachers who meet every week socially. I also have many Chinese friends who work at the school as teaching assistants."
Elaine HaleyFuzhou Read more ›
"My coordinator really helped me find a school based on my expectations of excellent teacher training structures from schools."
John HarewoodBeijing Read more ›
"Opportunity China has been great throughout the whole process, there’s nothing further that I can suggest!"
Andrew FergusonChonqing Read more ›
"I play on a 5-a-side football team with other foreign colleagues and Chinese locals. The bar and club scene is still developing but newly opened bars have sprung up, which have been a good way to meet people.
Lewis DuffieldHangzhou Read more ›
"I think that Opportunity China provided outstanding support both before, and after I arrived here. They really went above and beyond and I will do anything I can to repay their generosity and show my gratitude. "
Alice BennisonChengdu Read more ›
"I really enjoyed being an Au Pair in Chengdu, it allowed me to experience Chinese culture in a totally unique way that would’ve been totally different to if I had just been a tourist. "
Rik ElliottChengdu Read more ›
"The best thing about China, for me, is a mixture of many things. The history, the beauty of the landscapes, the food, the people, the evidence of strong traditions."
Patricia CooganChengdu Read more ›
"Speaking mandarin on a daily basis gives me a lot of pride, especially when the person i’m speaking to doesn’t expect it."
Mark ShawGuangzhou Read more ›
"My most memorable experience in China was seeing the children’s faces when they opened the presents that I bought them. The day before I taught them about Christmas in the UK, so I bought them all Christmas presents, wrapped them up in proper wrapping paper and put name tags on them."
Art BenoitNingbo Read more ›
"If you want to take a year off out of your daily grind back home and come to a place where you can completely change your life then come to China!"
Robbie BaileyRead more ›
"I've liked pretty much everything about being in China! It has been a great adventure - I've done a lot of travelling, I've met some great people, I've eaten things that I never thought I would... there have been so many new experiences, which is probably the bets thing about being in China! "
Daisy GuyFoshan Read more ›
"Everyday is different; you are constantly meeting new people. You are in a country that is completely unlike anything you will have experienced before. Everyday is challenging but also exciting. You are surrounded by new people and new experiences and the travel opportunities are excellent."
James HaleRead more ›
"Seeing my students make progress has been extremely rewarding; watching a four-year-old write her name for the first time, and sharing the excitement with a student scoring well enough in an English exam to obtain a place at a US university have been just a few of the highlights of my time here. "
Ben ClarkRead more ›
"My first thought when I found out that I was moving to China was "what the hell am I doing" but it is a decision that I have not regretted at all. From the moment I have arrived it has been an unbelievable adventure and one which I will never forget."
Sarah RobinsonRead more ›
"I love working in Chengdu! I think the atmosphere in and around the city is really relaxed compared to other places in china. It’s quite an easy city to navigate and spend time wondering around immersing yourself in the culture
Esther and MaxRead more ›
"Max and I took a big risk and moved to China to pursue jobs as English teachers. The risk has paid off, and we are thoroughly enjoying our lives this side of the world. "
Charlie RobertsEF Shenyang Read more ›
"I had no preconceptions of what to expect before moving to China and starting my new teaching job, as I hadn’t had much or any experience of either. I was surprised how easy it is to adapt on a basic level to new surroundings and situations. "
Catriona HullChengdu Read more ›
"Opportunity China has been a great help throughout the process of moving to China, answering any questions I had, and always keen to keep in touch with how things are going. It’s been very useful to have someone to answer both the big questions, such as looking over a contract, and the smaller ones, such as packing essentials! "
Emy CiesChengdu Read more ›
"I love living in China, the differences in culture, food, and language has been fascinating, and I have found the teaching to be incredibly rewarding."
Alex CrookHangzhou Read more ›
"I have a very friendly relationship with my students, they approach me outside of class and I play football, tennis and ping pong with them as well as teaching those who want Spanish."
William PerrinsShenyang Read more ›
"The language and certain customs took a while to acclimatise too. However, a willingness to embrace and accept these challenges has made this a useful and rewarding experience."
Harriet BoggisChengdu Read more ›
" I went in without too many preconceptions, just a positive attitude and I am absolutely delighted with my decision and am thoroughly enjoying my time here. The job is better than I expected and I have had brilliant support from both the school and Opportunity China."
Tom YorkNantong Read more ›
"I like to think my year here has taught me among other thing how to be flexible. I have also picked up a small amount of Mandarin, which I’m sure will look good on my CV."
Daniel HatfieldNingbo Read more ›
"I like being able to practice the language all the time, and the generally positive attitude of locals. Ningbo is a fantastic city to live in with a good mix of scenic spots, conveniences, and night life."
Kev BowesChengdu Read more ›
"I’d heard vastly differing opinions from friends and family who’d visited China, ranging from those extolling its virtues, to those expressing downright contempt for the culture. I’m glad to say that my experience here so far has confounded those negative opinions, and resoundingly reinforced the positive."
Fiona HarrisShenyang Read more ›
"I developed language and people skills; after experiencing a different culture I can empathise with a wider variety of people."
Peter GrimshawCixi Read more ›
"The experiences I had will stay with me long past the point where my friends and family are bored of me beginning every second sentence with "when I was in China…""