Overview


Spend a summer teaching English in China and get a taste of life in this fascinating country. Whether you wish to pursue a teaching career or not, these short-term placements will help you gain highly desired transferrable skills and experience of another culture.

As a summer intern, you will be responsible for teaching fun and engaging lessons to students aged between 7-15 at a summer school. The school will provide you with guidance and resources, however we encourage our interns to use their imagination and creativity to create educational games and activities that make their lessons memorable.

Each year we send a number of interns to our partner camps, meaning that you will get the chance to meet and work alongside like-minded people. Our Summer Internship is an intensive programme, which requires you to teach from 9-5, 5 or 6* days per week and plan lessons in between. That said, you will have a long lunch-break and the evenings to explore and socialise with the other participants.

You will be provided with free accommodation close to the teaching site, either in a shared hotel room or apartment and you will receive a small monthly allowance during your placement.

*depending on location

We are now recruiting for Summer Internship positions for the summer of 2018.


Our internship placements run in the following 3 locations:

  • Haining (2 weeks in July 2018; limited availability)
  • Huzhou (2 weeks in July 2018; limited availability)
  • Xuzhou (7 weeks, starting end of June 2018;  FULL) 
We charge a programme fee for participation in our Summer Internship Programme, which covers a number of services, as listed below. The fee is £349/$475 for 2-week placements and £549/$750 for 7-week placements.

Please note that the programme fee is paid in 2 instalments, subject to deadlines.

What’s included?

  • Placement at a school in China
  • Pre-departure Orientation Day
  • Airport pickup
  • Food and accommodation during placement
  • 1200 RMB allowance per month
  • Access to our Lesson Plan Library and Member’s Area
  • Private Facebook group with all participants
  • Former teacher ‘buddy’ for help and advice
  • Ongoing in-country support
  • Visa support and guidance
  • Reference on request

What’s not included?

  • Flights to China
  • Visa and visa administration fees
  • Insurance
  • Spending money

Our placements last 2 or 7 weeks and begin around the end of June/beginning of July each year. The summer camps we work with run to a strict schedule, therefore you must be available to depart for China in July.
Our Summer Internship Programme is a full-time, intensive experience designed to give our interns a taste of teaching in China and of Chinese culture.

As a summer intern, you will be expected to plan and lead fun and engaging lessons focusing on helping students to improve their spoken English. All of our placements are full time, so you will work from 9-5, 5 or 6 days per week.

All of our internships are unpaid, however you will receive a monthly allowance of approximately 1200 RMB, as well as free food and accommodation throughout your placement.

To be considered for our Summer Internship Programme, you MUST speak fluent English and hold a UK, US, Canadian, Australian, Irish or European passport.

You must also:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have completed A-levels (open to all students and graduates)
  • Be open-minded and interested in learning about other cultures
  • Possess good time management skills
  • Work well both independently and as part of a team

No previous teaching experience or knowledge of Mandarin is necessary.

Our Summer Internship Programme is designed to ensure you head to China feeling well-prepared and walk into the classroom with confidence. From the moment you sign up, to the end of your placement you will have the help and support of the Teach English In China community and our in-country partners.

Upon enrolment onto the programme, you will be given access to our exclusive Member’s Area, where you can find lesson plans, tips and resources, travel advice and a forum where you can speak with former teachers. You will also be invited to our pre-departure Orientation Day, where you will receive teacher training, a language class and advice from former teachers.

To apply, send your CV and covering letter to info@teach-english-in-china.co.uk. Successful candidates will be invited for a telephone interview.

It is possible to apply for this programme with a friend/partner and we will endeavour to place you in the same city.

“Teaching in China is an amazing experience; the children are always keen to learn and so happy to be in class. They certainly made me feel welcome in the classroom by constantly be offering me their snacks, writing my name in Chinese and drawing me pictures. I loved how they were so interested in my life at home. I developed great relationships with the children and teachers in all my classes.”
Natasha Blackburn, Xuzhou 2016
Upon arrival, we were welcomed with open arms. The hotel we stayed in was amazing, the way the school treated us was amazing and the welcoming from the children was outstanding. The children were always so excited for every lesson and it was helpful to know that us interns were all in the same situation. Making such amazing friends and settling in together made it so much easier.
Rebecca Wiles, Haining 2016
“This placement is ideal for people who are thinking of going into teaching, but it’s also just as good for people who aren’t. The fact that the placements require no teaching qualifications mean that anyone can apply. The transferrable skills you gain from this kind of experience are invaluable and it also helps to develop personal qualities such as patience and tolerance and is a great confidence booster.”
Helena Jane, Haining 2013
Summer Internship Highlights

Watch our 2015 Haining Internship highlights to get an idea of what a summer teaching in China is like…

Summer Internship Placement Guides

Huzhou Guide

Summer Internship FAQ’s


No. Mandarin is not a requirement to teach in China. In primary school classes, you will usually have a Mandarin speaking assistant to help you. That said, attempting to learn a bit will make your life a lot easier and more rewarding.
Yes. We give applicants the chance to apply with a friend/partner and we will endeavor to place you in the same school/city.
Our internships are unpaid, however you will receive the RMB equivalent of £140 allowance per month. Accommodation and food will be provided by your school throughout the duration of your placement.
You will be responsible for covering your flight costs. Most placements are based in medium sized cities close to international hubs. Return flights in the summer will cost between £500-£800, so we advise shopping around.
You will need to apply for a Business Visa, for short-term education exchange. We will issue you a visa invitation letter, but you will need to cover the cost of the visa.
It is vital that you take out a travel insurance policy that will cover you for your time in China and any travel that you plan to do before or after the placement. We recommend taking out a policy that covers you for repatriation in the event of emergency.

We work with an insurer that offers such a policy for approx. £50 per month. Click here to read about the packages they offer.

Your school will provide you with teaching materials and textbooks and they will give you guidance with what topics to teach in class, though you will have the opportunity to use your creativity in terms of lesson delivery.
You will stay in either a hotel or a small apartment that you will share with other teachers. Accommodation will be simple, yet comfortable and is provided free of charge.
China is generally a safe country and you will likely be welcomed by locals, who are generally very friendly towards foreigners. You should of course always take precautions, particularly in big cities where pick-pocketing is common.