FAQ

Most frequently asked questions and answers

No, our service is completely free of charge. We do ask for a £200 deposit when you sign your contract. This will be returned to you in full after you start your assignment (within 10 working days).

However, there is an upfront cost to consider when relocating to teach English in China. Find out more here!

Yes, you can!

You don’t need to be fluent in Chinese to teach English in China. In fact, you should only speak English in the classroom. The schools hire you to teach and interact with the students in English. As for your private life, most cities display public information in both Chinese and English. Restaurants often have menus in both languages, sometimes there is even pictures of the dishes.

Obviously, basic understanding of Chinese will make your life a lot easier. It helps to memorise or write down the name of your favourite food, places and addresses you like to see and simple phrases like “hello” and “thank you”. 

Pioneer & Beyond is currently working on a project to offer free Mandarin lessons to all teachers. We will keep you updated!

The education sector offers a relatively competitive salary that permits you to have a good standard of living in China. Teachers find that their monthly salary gives them both great spending power in China and the opportunity to save up to 30% of the earnings each month. To gain a better understanding of the cost of living, check out our blog A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: Cost of Living.”

Some of our schools will provide you with free lodgings and others will pay you a higher salary or housing allowance and help you find suitable accommodation. All lodgings are fully furnished and to a Western standard.

The school will obtain all the necessary documents needed to obtain a work (Z) visa which is required to teach English in China. The documents will then be sent to you. Thereafter, you will need to complete the visa application form and send it to the Chinese Embassy.

Check out our visa guides here!

Most schools will offer a flight allowance, thereafter, they will reimburse your flight costs which will be an agreed amount over a period of time. The normal procedure is that the flight allowance is paid after 6 months of work and the other half after 12 months although some schools will pay for your flight ticket upfront.

There are no mandatory vaccinations for individuals travelling to China.

Recommended vaccines for most travellers visiting China:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Tetanus

Notes on the diseases mentioned above:

  • Hepatitis A:  spread through consuming contaminated food and water or person to person through the faecal-oral route. Risk is higher where personal hygiene and sanitation are poor.
  • Hepatitis B:  spread through infected blood and blood products, contaminated needles and medical instruments and sexual intercourse. Risk is higher for those at occupational risk, long stays or frequent travel, children (exposed through cuts and scratches) and individuals who may need, or request, surgical procedures abroad.
  • Tetanus: caused by a toxin released from Clostridium tetani and occurs worldwide. Tetanus bacteria are present in soil and manure and may be introduced through open wounds such as a puncture wound, burn or scratch. Prevention, Travellers should thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention.

For UK residents: more information here!

The following travel vaccinations are usually available free on the NHS:

  • diphtheria, polioand tetanus (combined booster)
  • typhoid.
  • hepatitis A– including when combined with typhoid or hepatitis B.
  • cholera.

For more information:

The school will provide a representative that will assist you in matters of ill health, as they will help you deal with the health system in China. In addition, most of our schools will provide health insurance.

Read more about the health care in China, here!

You do not need any teaching experience, although it is great if you do have previously worked as a teacher. Regardless, all teachers receive training during their first few weeks on the job.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount as it depends on the lifestyle you lead. Do you see yourself cooking dinner at home every night? If so, you won’t need much. If you instead see yourself eating out at restaurants serving western food, you will need some extra pocket money. You can check the minimum wage for the city/province you are moving to and bring at least that amount with you to survive the first month. Have a look! 

For a better understanding of the costs involved, check out our blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching in China: Cost of Living.” and the upfront cost.

China is massive in size, about the same size as USA or Europe, with a range of climates from tropical to cold temperate. The climate is dominated by the great seasonal wind reversal called “the Asiatic monsoon” which, combined with the latitude, has great impact on the temperature, rain fall, and wind. Most of the country enjoys warm or hot summers, but there is a great difference in temperature and length of the winter season.

So, although most of China has a continental climate, climate and temperature does vary and you will need to research the area you are going to in greater detail before you pack your bag.

For more information on,

Weather 

Climate  

See chart below:

Here are some details about climate in China.

► Highest average temperature: 31 °C (88 °F)

► Lowest average temperature: -10 °C (14 °F)

► Hottest months: July & August

► Coldest months: January & December

► Rainfall situation: On average there are 66 days per year with more than 0.1 mm (0.004 in) of rainfall (precipitation) or 6 days with a quantity of rain, sleet, snow etc. per month.

Temperature Zone

Distribution Range

Cold-temperate Zone

north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)

Warm-temperature

Zone

Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and most of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)

Temperature Zone

area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Xian, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou)

Subtropical Zone

South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: ShanghaiGuangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu)

Tropical Zone

Hainan province, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya)

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

Temperate Zone

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative city: Lhasa)

  

The following cities are representatives to let you know about the temperature situations in each part of China.

Northern China – Harbin (Cold-temperate Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

-19.4

-15.3

-4.8

6

14.3

20

23

21

14.4

5.6

-5.7

-15.6

Rainfall (mm)

8.2

5.6

10.2

18.0

40.2

84.6

143.8

121.1

58.6

31.3

10.8

6

Northeastern China – Beijing (Warm-temperature Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

-3.7

-0.7

5.8

14.2

19.9

24.4

26.2

24.8

20.0

13.1

4.6

-1.5

Rainfall (mm)

3.0

7.4

8.6

19.4

33.1

77.8

192.5

212.3

57.0

24.0

6.6

2.6

Central China – Xian (Temperature Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

-1

2.1

8.1

14

19

25

26.6

25.5

19.4

13.7

6.6

0.7

Rainfall (mm)

7

9.6

29

43.0

60.2

54.6

98.8

71.1

91.6

60.0

24.0

6

Eastern China – Shanghai (Subtropical Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

3.5

4.5

8.3

14

18.8

23.3

28

27.7

23.6

18

12.3

6.2

Rainfall (mm)

50.6

56.6

98.6

89.3

102.2

169.6

156.8

157.1

137.6

62.3

46.2

36.9

Southeastern China – Guangzhou (Subtropical Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

13.3

14.4

17.9

21.9

25.6

27

28

28

27

24

19.4

15.1

Rainfall (mm)

41.6

70.6

85.6

201.3

283.2

275.6

233.8

227.1

166.6

87.3

36.2

32.9

Southwestern China – Chengdu (Subtropical Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

5.5

7.5

12.1

17

20.9

23.7

25.6

25.1

21.2

16.8

11.9

7.3

Rainfall (mm)

5

10

20

45

80

110

235

245

120

40

15

5

Southern China – Haikou (Tropical Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

21.0

22.3

26.0

29.7

31.9

32.9

33.1

32.3

30.7

28.4

25.1

22.0

Rainfall (mm)

19.5

35.0

50.6

100.2

181.4

227.0

218.1

235.6

244.1

224.4

81.3

34.9

Tibetan Area – Lhasa (Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Temperate Zone)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

AVG TEMP (℃)

-10.7

-7.7

-0.4

8.4

14.9

19.2

20.9

20

14.3

6.3

-2

-8.3

Rainfall (mm)

0.8

1.2

2.9

6.1

27.7

71.2

116.6

120.6

68.3

8.8

1.3

1.0

(Information found on: https://www.topchinatravel.com/china-guide/china-climate.htm)

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