Located in the southwest of China on the border between Yunnan and Guizhou, Guiyang is a beautiful city home to a large number of ethnic minorities. Its southern location means that the city is blessed with stunning nature; surrounded by karst mountains and forests, it boasts fresh air, blue skies and a year-round pleasant climate.
Guiyang is famous for having a colourful culture, which has been influenced by over 30 ethnic groups, including Miao, Buyi, Dong and Hui. If you’re looking to experience ‘real China’ and gain an insight into a unique side to the culture, Guiyang is the perfect place to visit.
Guiyang placements are available on our TEFL Training Programme, meaning they are state run schools. Teachers in Guiyang can choose from Middle or High school placements, or universities. Classes are made up of an average of 50 students, and lessons will last around 40-45 minutes. You’ll be expected to work around 20 hours per week from Monday to Friday, with a timetable that runs throughout the year. Basics like a blackboard, computer and a projector to display your PowerPoint will be supplied, and your school will provide you with textbooks and guidance. Props and other classroom realia are unlikely to be provided, so you’ll have to bring specific supplies yourself if you wish to use them.
Last minute changes are common in state schools, so you will need to be ready to adapt if your teaching schedule changes. While knowledge of Mandarin isn’t necessary it is definitely helpful to learn a few basics in preparation. You may be the only foreign teacher in your school, but you’ll be able to integrate into the local expat community of foreign workers and students with ease.
Salaries in Guiyang range from between 5,000 – 7,000 RMB depending on experience. This might not sound like a lot, but with free accommodation and a low cost of living it goes a long way!
Accommodation in Guiyang
All placements in Guiyang include a fully furnished apartment nearby your school. Your apartment will be equipped with all the essentials, including a shower, western toilet, fridge and freezer, and a washing machine. The school will not charge you rent, and bills are often included as well, however this will be confirmed in your contract. Depending on your school, you may or may not have a kitchen in your apartment. If you do not, the school will provide all meals in their canteen. If you do have a kitchen however, you will be offered food during the working day, but during evenings and weekends you will need to eat out or cook for yourself.
Whether you live on campus or not, you may need to teach at more than one school. Your schools will usually be within walking distance of your accommodation, but in case they aren’t you will be picked up and driven there.