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.