EF English First

EF English First

Teaching English abroad has never been easier! We offer full arrival support including: hotel accomodations for your first 2 weeks, a legal "Z" work visa and a strong community of over 2,000 teachers to help you every step of the way.  

We’re now interviewing amazing people just like you to join us in Shanghai, Beijing, and 60+ cities across China. Teach English at one of our kids and teens, adult, or online schools, and you will earn a great salary and competitive benefits package. Meet people from all over the world, develop your career abroad in education, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Teaching overseas with EF English First:

  • Teach adults, children or online at one of our 300+ schools
  • Receive a full-time salary and a great employment package
  • Gain exposure to career paths within the company that could lead to opportunities in teacher management, training, academic course development and more
  • Teach abroad for as long as you’d like – teaching contracts start at one year with option to renew
  • Join a supportive teaching community of over 2,000 teachers across China

Full support from application to arrival:

  • Experienced recruiter guiding you through the process
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • Comprehensive onboarding to assist your acclimation
  • Airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Free hotel accommodation during your first two weeks in China

Comprehensive salary package including:

  • Competitive local salary (dependent on experience)
  • Performance bonus after 6 months (for teachers who work at our Kids & Teens schools)
  • Monthly flight allowance plus upfront flights for many locations
  • Sponsored legal Z work visa
  • Salary advance available (upon arrival in China)
  • Health insurance
  • 10 paid annual leave days plus 11 national holidays
  • Sponsored accreditations including Trinity CertTESOL, Cambridge TKT, Trinity DipTESOL and DELTM
  • Free Mandarin Chinese lessons (knowledge of Chinese language is not required for position)
  • Weekly EF sponsored social & cultural events
  • Teacher advantages discount program
  • Job rotation program

We would love to meet you, if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree (any major accepted)
  • Want to live abroad for at least one year
  • Are adventurous and open-minded
  • Are a passport holder from: the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa (due to visa regulations)

The world is waiting for you

Duration / Dates

Now Interviewing. Contracts begin at 1 year with option to renew.

Costs / Pay

• Receive a monthly, comprehensive employment package up to 16,400rmb

Contact / Enquiry

EF English First Reviews

How two years turned into four.

After I had completed my first year of teaching in China with a small company, I knew that I wanted to come back and do more. I thought I might come back for two more years. I wanted to make sure to have some growth and not just burn another year. Don't get me wrong. I love teaching, but I wasn't interested in being *just* another English teacher in China. That's what drew me towards EF. I knew that the only chance I had of career growth and development while also teaching in China was going to be with a big company rather than some struggling half-ass kindergarten.

I was right. I was sponsored for my TEFL and got a TKT qualification in my first year. At 1.5 years I was promoted to another part of the company. It's now been 4 years. Even though I know that my time in China is coming to a close, I am looking at job prospects back home knowing that I made the best of it.

By: Zachary
Nationality: USA
Age: 29

Kids & Teens Teacher

I've been with EF for a little over 2 years now. The company is well established; you can always expect to get paid on time, teaching content is created in-house, and there are opportunities for development if you actively seek it. It's a great opportunity to work with people from all over the world.

By: Jana
Nationality: American
Age: 26

EF Review

It wasn't hard choosing this company other others. My main concern was a having a legal Chinese work visa, hotel accommodation, training, and support during my first few months in China. The rest was easy, because EF made this experience both easy and enjoyable. They were upfront about expectations, and delivered what they promised. Now, 2 years later I'm still here in a new positon, a prime example of their professional development options. Thank you EF.

By: Juliet Wells
Nationality: America
Age: 29

Changed My Life

Moving to China in my mid-twenties honestly changed my life. I started with and have stayed with EF since then, and feel really lucky I've gotten to grow with the company. It's not easy to explain all the reasons I love China, but I know that I love EF because of the people I work with and the fact that we are always evolving to provide better courses to our students. We also have team-building meals A LOT. I know that I could make more money elsewhere, but the stability and opportunity I've had in EF, plus small perks has kept me happy. I've lived in two different cities, and traveled to a half dozen more and there is still a lot to explore with the country and with the job.

By: Heather
Nationality: USA
Age: 30

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