China is a huge and fascinating country, and moving here is one experience you will never forget. It can be exciting, nerve-wracking, an adventure and overwhelming all at once. But all of these experiences help you step out of your comfort zone and grow. We’re confident in saying that nowhere other than China, with its rich history, unique culture and language, will you experience, laugh, grow, travel and be challenged more than in this amazing country!

Your lifestyle as a teacher here with York English means you can have weekend getaways on the extremely cheap hi-speed railway, holidays to mega cities like Hong Kong or Tokyo and paradise getaways in the Philippines. These are all very real possibilities when you work at York English.

Be it with your coworkers or your housemate, expat life with us is a great way to meet like-minded people from all over the world. Here are some of the things we offer:

Here are just some of the things we offer:

  • we have a soccer team
  • a band
  • a hiking club
  • a badminton tournament
  • a pub quiz
  • poker nights
  • a recipe sharing group
  • and a vegan and vegetarian group

    *please note these vary depending on your location

None of them for you? Head to the cocktail bars or the craft beer spots, hike in the mountains or tour the many temples!

Searching for more of a cultural immersion? The great thing about the York experience is the opportunity to meet and work with local people. With our Chinese staff, from the teaching assistants, the sales teams, the education department and admin staff, friendships develop across the board from language exchanges, to travel buddies, to life-long friendships.

But that's not all we offer. Meet Sam, our Counsellor


“Hi everyone, my name is Sam, it’s nice to meet you.

I am a level 7 Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. This means I studied for 7 years and worked for 2 years as a Psychotherapist – a talking therapist. I have helped people between the ages of 4 and 70, with varying issues, from addiction (drugs, alcohol, and gambling) to bereavement services.

I taught with York for three years before getting back into therapy by cross-training in online therapy. This means that I can help York teachers in all our locations. I live in Fuzhou and can offer face to face counselling here, and online sessions elsewhere. I mainly work as a Person Centred Therapist, though I am trained in CBT, Social Constructivism, Psychoanalysis, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and Play Therapy, among others.

Here I work mainly helping people through culture shock. Culture shock can work both ways; you may miss the support from your family and friends, but they will also miss the support that you provide for them. Its okay to be in a difficult place emotionally – it means that you care. However, you don’t have to be there alone.

York is aware of how emotional it can be moving half way across the world, and are committed to supporting you in every way that they can. Therefore, they employ me in a therapeutic capacity as well as writing mental health focused training and guidance for our staff.

I hope to see you in China soon. If you’d like to contact me for help, information, or just for a chat, my contact details are as follows: and my wechat is SamMartin1990″


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