TEACH in CHINA Program


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China is changing at lightning speed, and now, during this transitional stage of ancient history meets futuristic technology, is the perfect time to experience it. Cultural Embrace by API offers an exciting and affordable opportunity for native English speakers to live, work, and travel in this fascinating country. Teach and lead English language skills to students and/or professionals in private academies, public elementary, secondary schools, and universities. You will teach an average of 20-25 hours per week, allowing you ample time to embrace China on your own time to sites and explore the rich cultural backdrop of China’s expansive history. China includes English in its schools’ curriculum starting in elementary school, so most students are already somewhat proficient with English reading and writing. Many, however, remain shy and embarrassed about practicing their conversational skills.  As an English language skills teacher, you will engage with and make your students feel more comfortable by interacting with them in your native tongue, a task made easier by implementing the skills that you have gained through at least two years of professional experience, and the option of taking a pre-departure online TEFL course.

Placements are available throughout China, and we try to meet location preferences. However, the schools' teachers and principals make the final selection, so we advise you to be flexible and adaptable. Popular placements have been placed in major cities such as: Anhui, Chongqing, Fujian, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Zhejiang. Positions are available in Beijing and Shanghai, but they are very competitive due to the population of foreigners living there, and the demand for experienced teachers. The Fall semester begins at the end of August/beginning of September, and the Spring semester starts a week or two after the Lunar New Year (~January/February). Each school provides an orientation that helps our participants become more familiar with living and working in China, and introduces them to the school's curriculum, goals, schedule, work culture, etc. The local salary ranges from RMB4000-7000 (~$630-$1125) per month for full academic semester(s) positions. This range is based on experience, degree(s), and hours. Foreign English teacher salary is usually much more than local teachers, so it easily covers the local expenses of living in China. The stipend for a summer placement ranges from ¥3000-12000 (~$475-$1875) depending on program and schedule intensity and teacher's experience. All teach placements include local housing.

Read blogs of current and past participants teaching in China to get an idea of what life is like to live, teach, and work in China. With Cultural Embrace by API's Teach in China programs, you will gain invaluable, lifelong communications skills as a result of your time abroad, and your international experience with the varied cultures and communities in China will put you a step ahead as both a culturally sensitive individual and a well-rounded professional! Learning Transformed - Life Transforming! 

Program Highlights and Benefits

Teaching in China Offers:

  • The satisfaction of helping others.
  • An opportunity to broaden your perspective and worldview.
  • An economical way to live and travel abroad.
  • An opportunity to participate in and learn about local cultural activities (e.g. language and tradition, taiqi, calligraphy, cooking, etc.)
  • Memorable travel experiences and the chance to see exotic sites you have always dreamed about.
  • The opportunity to make lifelong friends from around the world.
  • A valuable, marketable work experience that strengthens your resume.
  • A great way to develop and support your self-confidence and interpersonal skills.


Cultural Embrace by API Includes:

  • Guaranteed Paid Teaching Position Prior to Departure
    Cultural Embrace by API pre-arranges your teaching placement before you leave home to ensure an easy and hassle-free transition to your new life abroad. Most placements are for English language teachers, who will help students develop their English conversation and literacy skills. Some positions are available for specialty subjects in taught in English, such as Business, Tourism and Hospitality.
  • Paid Salary
    The average teacher’s salary ranges from ~¥4000-¥7200 (~US$630-1130) per month for full academic semester positions. This is typically at least double than the salary of local professors, so it easily covers your expenses while living in China. Airfare allowance is available with completion of at least 6 months contract. The stipend for a summer placement is ¥3000-12000 (~$475-$1875).
  • Pre-arranged Housing
    Furnished housing will be included with your teaching placement. Schools will have basic but comfortable living arrangements. Usually, teachers will have a private room with shared common areas, hot water, a kitchen, laundry facilities, etc.
  • Flight Allowance
    Schools reimburse between ~¥1200-¥7000 (US$195-$1130) depending on length of contract and intensity of teaching schedule. Completion of contract is required to receive airfare reimbursement.
  • Orientation
    You will receive an orientation to acquaint you with your host school and city. Each local school will have a varied orientation schedule, but most will last ~2-3 days before the start of the semester, which will also help you adjust to jetlag and culture shock.
  • Cultural & Social Activities
    Optional various Chinese cultural and social activities are available at your school (ie: Chinese language lessons, cooking classes, group meals and outings, etc). School dependent.
  • Visa Assistance
    Cultural Embrace by API and your local host institution will assist you with information and invitation letters to obtain a proper visa, but we have neither control over nor the ability to guarantee government issuance and/or visa availability.
  • Arrival Assistance
    Orientation and final school destination will have pick-up and transfer for you. A representative will pick you up from the airport or train station and take you to your accommodations and school. 
  • Medical, Life, and Travel Insurance
    Medical and life insurance is provided for all paticipants during the program term. This insurance coverage includes medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as 24-hour support services for medical and travel issues.
  • Cultural Embrace by API Cultural Kit:
    Useful tips, advice, and information to prepare you for the amazing adventure of living and working abroad, as well as advice on teaching English in China.
  • Full-time Representation
    CE by API provides representation in the United States and China prior to, during, and after your placement. 
  • TOMS Shoes, a One for One™ Giving Product 
     Upon completion of your program and online evaluations, you will receive a pair of TOMS Shoes. With every product purchased, TOMS will help a person in need.  One for One™. Giving back is part of our ethos. We share the vision of the TOMS mission - to help contribute to making a positive impact abroad by providing a pair of shoes to a child in need. 
  • Certification
    If you wish to receive a certificate detailing your teaching experience, please let us know and we will provide the necessary documentation.
  • Optional TEFL Certification
    Preparation of skills and techniques useful for inexperienced teachers, but not required.  Learn at the leisure of your own schedule and computer with our online course. This 20-unit course requires approximately 80-100 hours of attention. Cost is $295.  You may also take an on-site 4-week certification program in an internationally recognized TEFL course.  These courses are located in China, Thailand, New Zealand, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy, and Costa Rica. There is an extra fee for taking these courses and accommodations can be pre-arranged.
  • Optional international mobile plan with data coverage
    Opt for an AT&T mobile plan that offers low international rates, no roaming charges in over 150 countries, and bundled data and text. Current AT&T customers may simply add the coverage to their current plan and billing. Non-AT&T customers may use their own phone and swap with an AT&T SIM card.

Program Requirements

  • Good command of the English language; Chinese knowledge helpful, but NOT required
  • 21 years old and above for summer, semester & year-long placements. 
  • Have received a bachelor’s degree in any major for at least two years prior to teaching (for semester & year-long placements). Minimum sophomore status at university for only summer placements, with preferred tutoring/teaching experience.
  • Enjoy leading groups and teaching children and/or adults
  • Good lesson planning and organization skills
  • Attendance at staff meetings
  • Open to foreign cultures and living abroad
  • High level of responsibility
  • Dedication to the full term of commitment
  • Health tests and immunizations to obtain the proper work permit-Class Z or F. (e.g.: EKG, HIV test, tetanus, hepatitis, typhoid, etc)
  • A criminal background check may be required by some schools and positions

2015 Program Fees

There is no program fee for teaching in China! You only have to pay the application fee.


Application Fee* $400


*This application fee is non-refundable unless we are not able to place you after acceptance. 
Please note that prices are listed in US dollars and are subject to change according to exchange rates.


2015 Program Dates

Semesters: (Spring) Mid/Late of February to Late June/Early July, (Fall) End of August to Early/Mid January
Summer: Mid/Late July to Mid August

*Can$, Aus$, Br£, Euros€ can be accepted with an additional service charge for currency conversion


How to Apply

1. Obtain the CE by API Preliminary Application in one of three ways: 

(a) Download the Preliminary Application (pdf).
(b) Fill out an online information request form and specify that you would like to be sent an application.
(c) Call Cultural Embrace by API at 1-512-469-9089, US/Canada toll-free 1-800-844-4124; or Skype: Cultural.Embrace to have the forms mailed to you in 3-5 days.

2. Read the instructions carefully and submit:

a) Preliminary Application Form

b) Resume/CV 

c) US$400 Application Fee to: 

301 Camp Craft Road, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746 USA

or email your application form, resume/CV, and payment (credit card payment form attached to program application form) to apply@culturalembracebyapi.com


Application and Post-Acceptance Process

Please apply 16 weeks (4 months) prior to desired start date. Expedited applications may be made on a case-by-case basis and are subject to an additional fee.* 

Upon receipt of your application, a Cultural Embrace by API coordinator will contact you for a 20-30 minute phone or Skype interview to learn more about your skills, experience, needs, and also to discuss the program details and expectations. Prior to your interview, you will receive an online placement preference form that you will need to complete beforehand. 

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive a billing statement and a list of required supplemental materials after your interview. Half of your program fee and all of the required supplemental materials will be due two (2) weeks following your interview. Once we have received at least half of your program fee, we will be able to send your information to our partners abroad to begin the placement process. After we have received your program fee in full, you will receive your placement confirmation and details, pre-departure information, arrival details, and your insurance card.

*Expedited applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Cultural Embrace by API requires an additional expediting fee of US$180 if your preliminary application is received less than sixteen (16) weeks prior to your desired date of departure. If you do not have all the application materials readily available, we recommend that you begin the application process as soon as possible and submit as much information as early as you are able. 

To follow and know what our current and past participants have experienced abroad, join our Facebook,TwitterYouTube, and CE BLOG community. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@culturalembracebyapi.com or you may call us at 1-512-469-9089 or Skype: Cultural.Embrace.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) Why should I pay to teach abroad, and where does my money go to with Cultural Embrace by API?

CE by API specializes in assisting you with a guaranteed placement to teach in China. This will alleviate the troubles and stress of getting everything organized in a new country, so you will have more time and energy to enjoy your experience abroad. Your time abroad will still be an independent and memorable one, but we are here to guide you to a safe, healthy and comfortable experience before and during your adventure, and provide professional development and networking support after your program too.

Once you go abroad, you will teach at a school, academy or university with included housing. You will have a bilingual school representative that will serve as your direct contact if you have any questions or issues. Additionally, your CE by API Program Coordinator is always available to support you before and during your program.

CE by API requires a completed preliminary application form, your resume, and US$400 application fee to begin the application process. These preliminary application materials will allow us to know that you qualify for the program requirements and are dedicated to the community you will be visiting. This US$400 application fee pays for: an experienced Program Coordinator from our Austin, Texas office that will provide personalized attention to help pre-arrange your program, full-time emergency response while you are abroad, pre-departure material including a cultural kit and t-shirt. CE by API also prorates the expenses for marketing, advertising, communication, and site visits/development among all of our programs within our application fees.

There is no program fee for this Teach in China program, yet we will pre-arrange and guarantee a vetted placement with included housing by the school, bilingual support, and international traveler's insurance with repatriation and evacuation! 

2) Where are the teach placements located and may I choose where I will be placed?

We have contacts in many cities throughout China. We work with private and public schools, academies, colleges, and universities, however, we typically make placements in private language academies which offer better benefits. We have schools located in Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Fujian, Gansu, Guizhou, Hebei, Hubei, Hunan, Inner Mongolia, Jiangsu, Jilin, Liaoning, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Sichuan, Yantai and Zhejiang. For teachers that have less teaching experience and skills, you should be more open to your final placement. We try to meet your goals and preferences with the availability, needs, and acceptance of the school. 

3) Where will I live?

Accommodation varies based on placement location, but teachers are usually housed in furnished apartments, teacher dormitories, or extended stay hotels or guest houses near the school’s campus. Each teacher will have his/her own private room, and may share common space with other foreign teachers. Most schools pay for utilities, but in some cases, you may have to pay for utilities with other foreign teachers or students sharing your unit. 

4) How long may I teach in China?

Teach placements are available for a 5 month (one semester) or 10 month (academic year). There is an intensive month summer course in mid July through mid August. If you are interested in a placement longer than one year, please contact Cultural Embrace by API, as we will make the necessary arrangements with the school and will negotiate better benefits for you.

5) What is the application process like, and when will I have confirmation about my placement?

After CE by API receives your completed preliminary application, resume/CV, and non-refundable $400 application fee, you will be contacted by a Program Coordinator who will work with you before, during, and after your placement. S/he will conduct a 20-30 minutes phone or Skype interview (or in person, if applicable) to discuss your background, goals, and expectations of your time abroad. Prior to this interview, you will need to submit the completed online placement preference form to your Program Coordinator no later than two hours before your scheduled interview.

Upon acceptance to the program, you will receive an invoice of the program fee (if applicable), and a list of required supplemental application materials. The required supplemental materials include: signed program agreement form, copy of your passport info page, cover letter explaining your motivation for going on this program, one letter of recommendation, doctor's note certifying that you are in excellent physical and mental health, police background security check, and two passport-sized photos. All of the required materials must be made within 14 days (2 weeks) of your acceptance. Your Program Coordinator will then contact various schools in China and we will need to wait for the principal or school director to accept and offer you a position. Upon selection, we then need to wait for the work visa inviation letter from the school and municipal government. Confirmation of your placement with final details, international insurance, pre-departure materials, and t-shirt are will be sent prior to departure.

6) What type of visa assistance does Cultural Embrace by API provide?

Cultural Embrace by API and the host school will provide visa assistance to accepted teachers by providing information on how to obtain a visa along with a letter of invitation from the host school. Most schools will send you an invitation letter to apply for a Working Class F or Z visa. Foreign teachers must have received their bachelor's degree for at least two years to be able to receive a Working Class F or Z visa. Please note that any visa fees are the responsibility of the applicant. While we can assist you during the visa application process, ultimately it is your responsibility to ensure that you have obtained the appropriate visa for your work experience. Cultural Embrace by API has no control over the visa process and cannot guarantee that your visa application will be accepted.

7) What are the language requirements?

Chinese language skills are helpful to live in China, but not required in the classroom. If you wish to take Chinese lessons before or during your teach placement in China, please just contact your Cultural Embrace by API representative. 

8) What are the working conditions and benefits of teaching in China?

Most schools have a 1 and 2 semester contract with a pay scale based on your degree(s), teaching experience, duration of service, and number of teaching hours. Airfare and holiday reimbursement are available for semester and year-long contracts. Teachers may opt to teach about 20 or 23 hours per week, plus office hours. Teachers are usually on five-days per week with two days off, not always consecutive or on weekends.

9) Do I have to bring specific clothes?

You will need to dress professionally and appropriately for your teaching position. China is more conservative than Western standards. We recommend that you dress with a “smart casual” style in the classroom. We will provide you with more details in your Cultural Embrace by API pre-departure kit regarding your placement and your packing list.

10) Can I teach and/or live with a friend or partner?

Yes, you can enroll in this program with other people. However, please note that positions may be limited within a school. For this reason, participants hoping to travel together will need to be more flexible with respect to the desired placement location. Additionally, we can arrange your accommodations such that you can stay together in a double occupancy or in single rooms nearby.

11) How long will it take to make my placement?

We ask that you apply at least 12 weeks in advance of your desired start date. We do recommend applying as early as you can, though. Placements may take less time than this, but we want to ensure that we have enough time to find the best possible position for you and that you have sufficient time to complete the optional on-line TEFL course (if applicable) and to obtain the proper visas etc. As mentioned above, there is an additional expediting fee of US$180 if you apply less than 12 weeks in advance.

12) What do I do if I have a problem or complaint with my teach placement?

You just speak to your employer or school director to give them an opportunity to explain or investigate the situation. If you feel the problem or complaint is not sufficiently addressed, then please contact your local representative in China as well as Cultural Embrace by API (Austin office) so we can mediate on your behalf. Please note that you will be assigned a local representa- tive that will provide you with placement report(s) and the end-of-program evaluation.

13) When should I buy my plane ticket(s) and does Cultural Embrace by API provide any resources to help with plane tickets?

Plane tickets should not be purchased until after your placement has been confirmed. Cultural Embrace by API works with consolidators and discount travel agencies that can help find cheaper tickets than those that are available to the general public. We have a partnership with STA Travel (1-877-236-1048) for great student/youth rates, and they have a very nominal service fee if you need to make any changes before or during your travels.

14) How much will I get paid?

Salaries vary by school; however, CE by API negotiates to the best of our ability with the schools, langauge academies, and ministries on your behalf. However, the average teacher's salary ranges from ~RMB4000-RMB7200 (US$630-$1130) per month. If you have higher degree(s) or past classroom experience, many schools will offer you a higher salary/stipend. Our summer teach placement is a RMB3000-12000 stipend (~$475-$1875).

15) May I take my child(ren) or pet(s) with me?

Minors under the age of 18 are not allowed on our individual programs (volunteer, intern, work, teach). However, we are able to accommodate families to travel on our group trips.  Please contact CE by API if you wish to tailor a program for your family. If your program accommodations include staying with a host family or in shared housing, pets are prohibited. If you arrange your own accommodations, your host destination’s immigration laws may require your pet(s) to go through quarantine.

16) Is there someone I may speak to about their experience on this program, and being abroad?

Yes, we have a network of current and past travelers that are happy to communicate with you. Due to confidentiality, please contact our Austin office to receive a list of names and contact information of participants and alumni that have agreed to be contacted by others. Additionally, we encourage you to check out, use, and get involved with our social media community. These community sites will provide great insight of what you should expect on your adventure abroad. 

17) What is the carbon offset program I read about on the website?

Cultural Embrace by API wants to positively impact our world. We have partnered with Carbon Clear, one of the largest providers of carbon offset credits, to address the environmental effect of their travels abroad. CE by API has chosen projects that participants may elect to sponsor for US$15 including methane capture landfill project in Valparaiso, Chile; energy efficient railways in Delhi, India; and a biomass cogeneration project in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more details about this program, follow this link: http://www.apistudyabroad.com/about/green/.

18) How and why are CE by API collaborating with TOMS One for One™ movement?

We share the vision of the TOMS mission – to help contribute to making a positive impact abroad by providing a pair of shoes to a child in need. Thus, to keep the movement going even after you finish your CE by API program, we will gift you a pair of TOMS shoes upon completion of your online evaluations and program.