Teach English Abroad in Kunming

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Teaching Abroad in Kunming


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Teach abroad in Kunming, China with the International TEFL Academy. Placements have a duration of six to twelve months, and participants can teach after completing a TEFL certification course. Participants are provided with free round-trip airfare, free housing, and a paid vacation.


English instructors/professors needed for K-12 schools, colleges and universities in China! Concordia University Irvine offers a Masters of Arts in International Studies China (MAIS China) program that incorporates one-year salaried English teaching positions in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Kunming and their neighboring cities, which are among China’s most important historical, intellectual, cultura...


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As a volunteer, you will serve as a full-time English language teacher in middle schools in Hunan Province ("middle schools" or "zhong xue" are China's secondary schools; the students are aged 11-18, "universities" or "da xue" are similar to those in the west). You will teach English to several grades of students with an emphasis on developing their oral English skills. While your students wil...


Experience incredible Yunnan province as a well-paid ESL teacher within two hours of the happening city of Kunming. This inclusive experience is not just a job - you will also join group excursions at intervals throughout your program in order to explore Yunnan and surrounding provinces. Each participant will have their own teaching placement in the vicinity of Kunming but the program will begi...


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Are you a graduate native speaker who wants to teach English in China and have some teaching experience and/or a TEFL/TESOL certificate? Then we can connect you to an amazing teaching opportunity in China and we can do it totally for FREE if you qualify! Our Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP) is designed to be flexible to fit your professional goals and aspirations while allowing you the oppo...


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Experience Kunming, the capital city of the Yunnan Province, while teaching abroad through Knowledge Must. Participants of any nationality can teach a variety of students from Kindergarten to University. Knowledge Must provides participants with a position based on the their goals, assistance in VISA application, and complimentary services.


US Chinese Culture Center is looking for an American Education Ambassador to teach English and/or any specialty in English to Chinese students who have had formal English reading and writing classes but need help adopting an American accent or learning subjects in English. Our program prefers graduates and alumni from any major. There will be a round-trip airfare paid by the host school once a ...


Work as an ESL teacher in Beijing, China. You will be working with the Business Unit of Tomorrow Advancing Life. Established in 2009, the company is registered with New York Stock Exchange. They have more than 70 teaching centres located in 30 cities nationwide, with more than 1000 local teachers and more than 300 international teachers. They are hiring year round. They provide Content Language...


Various teaching positions are available in China. The placements are ideal for individuals with native level English, and educated to degree level or above. Those with English teaching experience, teaching certification and passion for teaching will be preferred.


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Elite Education ESL is in need of English teachers to fill permanent positions in China. No previous teaching experience is required. Applicants must be passport holders and native speakers of an English-speaking country. A diploma or degree from college or university is required. TEFL, CELTA, TESOL, or equivalent qualifications are highly desired. Successful candidates will receive a monthly s...

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Teaching Abroad in Kunming

Located in the south of China on the banks of Lake Dian, Kunming is the perfect destination for teachers who are looking to experience life in a smaller Chinese city. Away from the hustle and bustle of larger metropolitan areas, such as Beijing and Shanghai, teaching English in Kunming allows teachers to enjoy immersion into authentic Chinese culture in the capital of the Yunnan province. Additionally, the city is a major transportation hub, making frequent travel throughout southern China and the rest of Southeast Asia easy and affordable.

Teaching in Kunming

Most placements for teaching in Kunming are in teaching English as a foreign language. In recent years, China has become a huge magnet for young teachers who are native speakers of English, as the country strives to raise the language fluency level of its citizens. Many schools do not even require international teachers to possess a TEFL/TESOL certificate or any prior teaching experience, as long as you are a native English speaker and willing to learn how to teach English in Kunming. Public, private, and international schools frequently look to higher Western teachers for K-12 teaching positions, and there are additional openings tutoring at language schools and for private companies. Simply put, the opportunities to teach English in Kunming are plentiful. 

If you are interested in teaching other subjects beyond the scope of ESL, then your options become more limited, because Mandarin is typically the medium of education in Kunming. Some international schools and private institutions teach classes in English, so you could have luck applying if you want to teach other subjects, such as math or science.

You can teach English in Kunming for a variety of time periods, ranging from just a few months to indefinite amounts of time. The number of available job openings in Kunming allow for great flexibility on behalf of the teacher, whether staying for as short as a semester as part of a world adventure or planning on making a new life as an expat teacher in Kunming. The best times to apply for teaching jobs in Kunming are summer and winter, before the start of each new semester.

Life in Kunming

Living in Kunming will prove quite a big cultural transition for most teachers coming from Western countries. Even though it is quite a small city by Chinese standards, the fact remains that there are over 6 million people living in Kunming, and this can prove to be quite chaotic for expats new to living abroad. It is also important to bear in mind that China is a developing country, and Kunming is no exception. While the city is quite modern and well industrialized, you will also notice that poverty and luxury take on quite a few different forms in Kunming. Don’t worry though, while adapting to your new home may be a challenge, you will soon fall in love with Kunming and the friendliness of the people who inhabit this great city.

Kunming is divided into several districts and boasts a variety of historical landmarks, public parks, and waterfront areas on top of its more modern commercial, residential, and university regions. Kundu square is the central hub of nightlife and entertainment, with a plethora of bars, clubs, theaters, and restaurants providing teachers with a continuous outlet for leisure and fun.

The city is already a major regional transportation hub with two main railway stations and an international airport, and is continuing to build an intricate system or urban and high-speed railways to add to this reputation. Do not hesitate to explore the whole city as well as nearby regions and countries while you teach English in Kunming!

Salaries & Costs

Kunming is cheaper than other major cities in China, and teaching jobs tend to pay fairly well compared to the cost of living in the area. It is definitely possible to save up some money while teaching abroad in Kunming, if you lead a relatively conservative lifestyle. Salaries tend to range from $500 to $2,000 a month, and often will include additional forms of compensation, such as housing, flights, and paid vacation.

It is important to remember that while teaching abroad in Kunming necessities such as food, water, and clothing will be quite cheap, however items which are deemed luxuries, such as imports, electronics, and the like, will be proportionally more expensive. As an expat in Kunming you will be able to live quite comfortably, only be smart with your wallet!

Accommodation & Visas

Many employers and local educational institutions will help aid international teachers in securing housing (some will also even provide accommodations free of charge as part of your compensation). Rent is generally affordable throughout the city, but obviously will be more expensive in the more central and popular areas. Again you will be living in a developing country, so while you will be made comfortable, do not expect a five star hotel by any means.

You will need a special visa to live and teach English in Kunming, and your local employer or program provider will have to endorse you throughout the process of obtaining a visa. China has fairly strict visa regulations because it is a communist country, so securing the proper visa can often prove an arduous task. Communicate openly with your host school about what is expected of you in the process.

Benefits & Challenges

Teaching abroad in Kunming will be a grand adventure in one of China’s most charming cities. There will certainly be challenges in adapting to a drastically different culture while also dealing with a significant language barrier, but you will find locals to be very friendly and hospitable, wanting to learn from you as you wish to learn from them.

Now is a fantastic time to visit China, and as a teacher in Kunming you will be working hand in hand with local residents to break down walls and facilitate cross cultural interaction!

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