We’ve tried our best to answer any questions you may have below, but if there is anything you still want to discuss or anything that is unanswered, please feel free to email our HR Manager Mike, who is based in the UK, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEFORE APPLYING TO TEACH ENGLISH
1) I can’t speak Chinese. Can I still work at York?
Absolutely. With over 105 English speaking teachers, you’ll not be the odd one out if you can’t speak Chinese! You are also expected to have a 100% English environment in your classroom, and you always have your Chinese Teaching Assistant if Chinese is required.
To get to grips with life in Fuzhou, Shenzhen or Xiamen, we offer free weekly 1.5 hour Mandarin lessons at one of our branches for both beginner and intermediate level. Language exchanges between the teachers and Teaching Assistants are also extremely common.
2) Do I need a degree to teach at York English?
Yes, applicants will need a Bachelors degree or higher. This is a government requirement for visa purposes, and therefore nothing we can change. Unfortunately Associates degrees are not accepted due to restrictions from the Chinese government.
3) Can I join York with my partner?
Definitely. We have many couples here, and couples get their own 2 bedroom apartment if they choose to live together. You also have the opportunity to work in the same school or separately. Read stories here of couples who have joined York English.
4) I’ve never taught before, do you need experience?
With our comprehensive training programme, those who have never taught before will not feel at a disadvantage. With lesson observations, mock lessons and feedback in your first two weeks, as well as on-going professional development, we will ensure you succeed as an English language teacher.
5) I’ve taught English overseas before, what opportunities for advancement are there?
We welcome experienced teachers with ambition and do our best to ensure you are suitably challenged with a variety of levels to teach, quarterly reviews, lesson observations with follow up goals, and workshops. Teachers with experience then have the opportunity to become Senior Teachers, which in itself provides extra workshops and training, in addition to responsibility. From there you can develop into an AC or progress to our numerous opportunities at our Head Office.
6) When do you hire native English speakers?
We hire all year round. We also accept applicants who may not be able to begin right away.
7) How long does it take from application to arrival?
The whole process can take around 2-3 months due to the visa process.
8) Is the process the same for Shenzhen, Fuzhou & Xiamen?
Yes, the process is the same for all locations.
9) I’m already in China. Will York still pay my flight bonus?
Yes, we will still pay you the full amount the same as any other teacher. And we will also pay you it if you stay for a second year too!
AFTER APPLYING TO TEACH ENGLISH
1) How far will my apartment be from the school?
We always aim for it to be no more than 3km from your home to your branch. Nobody likes a long commute!
2) How many people will I have to share an apartment with?
We never house more than 2 people per apartment. You will have your own room and your own space.
3) What will I need to pack for China?
There are plenty of Western malls and shops here, such as H&M, Zara, Pull & Bear, and Sephora etc. These will accommodate for Western sizes and products. The weather is extremely hot in the summer, but fairly cold in the winter, so you would need to bring clothes for both winter and summer seasons. It would be a good idea to bring a couple of adapter plugs for your home country into Chinese plugs. While there are a couple of Western book stores in Fuzhou, the choice is limited, although teachers always hold book swaps so you should never be short of reading material but it is something to bear in mind. Upon your arrival at your new apartment, there will be towels, bedding, and one adapter plug extension for you.
4) What vaccinations will I need for China?
You will need Hepatitis A as a precaution. Additionally, if you are entering China from a country where yellow fever is endemic, you may require a yellow fever certificate. For more information, do check the vaccination requirements for China here.
5) Do I need a VPN in China?
Yes you will. We recommend Express VPN, Astrill VPN, or Vypr VPN. The majority of our international teachers have Express VPN. While you can get a VPN while in China, it is much easier to get one before you arrive.
6) How much tax will I pay as a teacher in China?
Please read more here for information on tax brackets in China.
7) Will China be a culture shock?
Initially, yes! Fuzhou gives you a taste of real China with delicious, authentic cuisine and the quite limited English. But there are also Western shops, malls, English cinema’s and plenty of friendly locals to help you out! However, Shenzhen and Xiamen both have a more international feel with English more commonly spoken.
8) How long is summer & winter course?
Winter course is 3 weeks long and summer course is 6 weeks. This is when the students are on school holiday.
9) How much extra work is summer and winter course?
You teach one extra class for the weekdays only, and one extra day a week, which you will be paid extra for, and granted 9 days paid holiday at the end of August as extra compensation for your time. We understand this isn’t ideal, but we aim to make it as smooth as possible with free drinks and snacks during the week, not to mention the extra holiday and pay!
10) Do I have to do any promotions at York?
We only hold promotions 4 times a year and they are entirely voluntary even though we really do appreciate your help! And if they are outside of working hours, you’ll be paid overtime.
11) Are there any extra hours I will be required to do?
We run two free 20 minute lessons at the local kindergarten schools, and one 40 minutes class at the local primary schools, where we rotate teachers on to do. This means you may participate in two already planned, 20 minute lessons at a local school, or one 40 minute already planned lesson, approximately once a month, sometimes less than that. They are actually a lot of fun and a great chance to see what Chinese schools are like!