Trip Details

China is increasingly recognizing the need to open up to the Western world and integrate English as a common international language. This has sparked a new requirement that all schools primary level and above must teach English as a core subject to their students – with only one problem. A severe shortage of English teachers.

Your assignment will involve supplementing the lessons from the Chinese teachers of English and their classroom assistants through conversational practice in both spoken and written English. The focus is for students to build upon the English vocabulary and grammar ‘first base’ that many students have reached, and help them to attain fluency as well as improve their examination marks in order to get into a good university, and get a good job.

You do not need to be an expert in the complex rules of English grammar, as you will learn everything you need to know in the provided training. Throughout your time in China you will also be assisted with cultural awareness and Chinese language lessons throughout your training. You will also receive assistance to explore China and take short activity breaks during your weekends and time off.

Your practice teaching placement will be agreed between you and one of our contact schools at the end of your training period. Once there, you will help children learn the 4 essential English skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in English with more confidence and improve their motivation to want to learn more.

Previous teaching experience is preferable for this role, although not mandatory. However, excellent spoken English is required.. We especially welcome people who have never visited China before. It helps to have a fun, outgoing and caring personality!

Your salary will depend on your experience and qualifications you can expect to earn anything from 6000 to 14000 RMB

Aims & Objectives

  • Improve the prospects of your students through your teaching
  • Give you experience in teaching and the Chinese school system
  • Provide you with a complete cultural induction for your stay

Our team in China are very flexible and accommodating to different ages and qualifications. Please do send your CV and any College/University Certificates when applying for a teaching position.

Please send an email to the TRU team regarding this placement, before you make a booking.

Trip Itinerary

Week 1: Introduction

During this week you will receive an induction, and quickly come to feel at home in China. During your induction you will usually be with groups of people from many different countries who are undertaking our ‘Cultural immersion week’ as a prelude to commencing their visit to China. You will be looked after by (English speaking!) Chinese co-coordinators – and there is only one rule: that you feel able to ask anything you want to know about China and its culture, customs and history.

Monday to Friday

Depending on your prior teaching experience and qualifications, you may be placed directly into your placement by this week, or may continue to receive more training following on from week 2’s training.

Monday to Friday

Depending on your chosen school placements and requirements will determine where your placement will be. Your contract will be discussed between you the Teacher and the School. You may be asked to work weekends and have some days off in the week. Below are some of the location in which you may teach.

  • Jilin Province
  • Guangxi Province
  • Guangdong
  • Zhejiang Province
  • Shandong Province
  • Shangxi province
  • Hu’nan Province
  • He’nan Province
  • Zhuhai

Trip Accommodation

Guilin is a province in southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst. In the majestic shadow of its mountains, on the edge of an authentic, rustic village lies our centre – a 260 year old building from the Qing dynasty. Its surroundings invite walking and hiking and offer a stunning view of the hills, as well as of locals farmers hard at work!

Accommodation & Food
This accommodation has western style toilets, a bar with a variety of drinks, snacks, and food all set in a unique Chinese atmosphere.

Available Room Types

  • Standard Room 2-8 people per room
  • Private rooms available on request
  • WIFI in public areas

Food Arrangements
We have our in-house chef busy making food everyday for you! Expect typical Chinese food with rice and noodles in Chinese dishes styles. Vegetarian food is also available upon request. Water,Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

We have fully trained Chinese coordinators at our centre. They are bilingual (Chinese – including local dialect, and English). They too live as part of the family at the Centre and are there to run scheduled activities whilst also assisting those who want explore the area or undertake self-organised activities. They are there 24/7 to deal with any problems participants may have.

There is a small local shop which sells snacks on site, but to reach ATMs and bigger shops, it is a 30 minute bus journey into town.

Our Centre is about 4 kilometres away from Lian Hua town. It is easy to catch a bus into town during the day – or to cycle. Gongcheng is the largest town nearby and is about 20 kilometers away. Once again there are frequent buses or shared taxis. Frequent buses also go from there to Yangshuo, 42 kilometres away.

There are days where you will not have many opportunities to spend your money but food, drinks and snacks can all be purchased cheaply. Around 100 Yuan a week should be more than enough. You will however need much more if you are looking at ‘extras’, such as self-organised trips during the week (e.g. to the street barbecues in Gongcheng). Take note that the nearest ATM that accepts international bank or credit cards is half an hour away by car so if you have such plans, you should get cash out at the airport upon your arrival, or in Yangshuo while you are there.

Sights & Surroundings
There are so many wonderful sights and places to visit in this area. A guide book can tell you everything you could want to know, but here are a few ideas we recommend:

The Li River
This river spans 80km from Guilin to Yangshuo and is decorated with rolling hills, unique cliffs, caves and comfortable boats and should not be missed. Especially popular among Chinese tourists is a spot close to Yangshuo that is portrayed on the 20 Yuan bill.

A picturesque city famous for its surrounding hills, rivers and bar streets. Lots of activities offered including rafting, biking, rock climbing, a stunning light show on Li River and much more. Make sure to spend at least one of your weekends here.

Seven Star Park
Famed for its rock formations, the park includes many different attractions including the Flower Bridge, Seven-Star Cave, Camel Hill and even a zoo!

After your introduction to China you will be living in a shared apartment or your own apartment fully furbished.You can see in our Gallery what to expect.

Trip Country Info


Capital: Beijing
Language: Standard Chinese
Currency: Renminbi (Yuan) (CNY)
Time zone: CST (UTC +8)

China covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometers making it the 2nd largest country by land area. It is not only the country with the largest population in the world but it is also one of the largest economies laying claim to being the world’s largest exporter and 2nd largest importer of goods.

It is a country of incredible cultural history boasting one of the earliest ancient civilisations dating back to around 2800 BC. Its landscape is equally rich in diversity, ranging from its forest steppes, its deserts in the north and subtropical forests in the south to its 14,500km long stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline. All of this makes China an incredible and exciting place to be, both in what it has to offer today and the story of its past.

China has solidified itself as a contender for global recognition and as a tourist hotspot.  We have a number of  travel experiences in China from volunteering & gap year travel  to Tours and Paid Teaching.

With an assortment of climates and social structures, it is near impossible to experience all of China in a gap year trip. You can invest yourself and discover a whole new culture and still miss out on a dozen other cultures within arm’s reach while travelling in China, and these programs are dedicated to helping you help others while experiencing the different wonders of the country. Combine adventuring through nature with helping those less fortunate, and you have got yourself a stellar journey ahead of you. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in China, conservation work, an exciting road trip in China,  volunteer work with Pandas, teaching or other work & travel in China have a look at our latest experiences below or contact us for more information.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa