Top 8 Benefits of Teaching in China – From the Mouths of Teachers!

China is a fascinating and beautiful country, rich in history, culture, delicious food, and opportunity. Teaching jobs are comparatively well paid compared to the low cost of living, with benefits such as accommodation provided, Mandarin lessons and flight reimbursement - and it’s not only English/ ESL teaching roles on offer; many schools have roles in subjects such as Math, Science, PE, Arts and Music teaching.

But don’t take our word for it – hear about the benefits straight from teachers who have lived it! Here, we’ve collated a range of quotes from current teachers on the top benefits of teaching in China:

1. It’s easier than you’d think to get started!

At first I was concerned about the application processes taking a very long time and being unduly intrusive, but actually it was quite simple. The school in China were very helpful telling me the documents I needed to send them and all the paperwork was sorted with the Z Visa in my passport within weeks of starting my initial application.

Will Perrins, Shenyang

2. China is a very affordable place to live!

“So far, most of my money has gone on traveling and food, but if I wanted, I could easily save two-thirds of my wages, and I plan on doing so in a few months.”

Josh Oakley, Hangzhou

3. You can make a measurable difference!

“I had expected the children to be very well disciplined here, pertaining to the stereotypes which are very true. Students here are so lovely and it is very easy to create friendships and impart knowledge to them”

Patricia Coogan, Chengdu

4. You will develop great transferable skills!

“Be prepared to be flexible, honest and friendly and Chinese people will welcome you with open arms. Also try as much as you can with the language even if you feel silly, they will really appreciate it.”

Alice Benson, Chengdu

5. China is a vast country with a so much to see!

“After 5 and a half years of living and traveling in China I have seen so many diverse and beautiful places. I’m still excited to explore the Northwest, Yunnan and Tibet but I hope to in the near future! I have always traveled by train and love it! Even those 25 hour trips across the country.”

Art Benoit, Ningbo

6. Learning about a new culture!

“Our favorite thing about China so far is the general excitement of day to day life. The experiences and challenges we face have opened our eyes to a completely new culture and way of life.”

Louise Jaye, Fuzhou

7. The friends you’ll make!

“I play on a rugby team with other foreign colleagues and Chinese locals. The bar and club scene is developing and newly opened bars have sprung up, which are a great way to meet new people”

Andrew Ferguson, Chongqing

8. The food!

“Dim-Sum is without a shadow of doubt my favorite food in China! I am a vegetarian, and I will admit that it can be a challenge always finding food but everywhere you go you can find a BBQ stand that has cabbage and onions on the go and it’s cheap and tasty.”

Daisy Guy, Foshan (A vegetarian take on food in China)

Opportunity China assist teachers and graduates to find exciting and enriching jobs across China, and are proud to facilitate cross-cultural exchange.


A traveller by day and reader by night' is how I would sum up my life. My wanderlust led me to quit my cushy job at 28 and finally embark on a journey around the world. Since then, I have lived in many countries and soaked in as many books as possible during my travel journeys. Among them, the "Book of Mirdad" is still my personal favourite and holds a special place in my heart. My progression towards writing was inevitable and happened quite naturally. I have been writing for a few years now an...

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